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A Hybrid Bow from Eastman

The Eastman Strings' Cadenza Master 305 is a silver-mounted carbon-fiber bow encased in a pernambuco veneer. New to Eastman, these bows combine the durability of carbon fiber with the classic appearance of a traditional wooden bow. Available for violin, viola, and cello. The violin and viola bows sent to us for trial were on the strong side, giving a loud, clear, if not too complex tone. The viola bow handled particularly well, smooth on the long bows but quick to bounce when asked. The violin bow had a bit of a wobble, but still produced a good, clear tone. Cadenza Master 305 bows (MSRP), violin: $662.50; viola, $737.50; cello, $812.50. To locate a dealer near you, visit


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*This article appeared in Strings March 2008
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