Well, yes, it is – even if it is a stupid name!
I first saw one of these at a Chandos rehearsal. The lady who owned it was delighted with it and I was interested because I have arthritis in my thumbs and it weighs half what my normal bow weighs.
So I found this place, Dance of Delight, on the net, contacted them and they agreed to order one for me to try. They offer a full refund if you decide to return it within 60 days.
The day after I acquired this bow, I emailed them to say “Cash the cheque, there’s no way I’m sending this back!”
It is light – it’s made from carbon fibre. It’s comfortable to hold, the sound is very clear, my hand aches less, my shoulder aches less and when I played a selection of four bows to my family, they all preferred the sound this one made. The tension is always the same – great for kids who never remember to undo their bows when they’ve finished playing! And at a quarter of the cost of a reasonable bottom-end-of-the-market cello bow, it’s a great option for those on a tight budget.
I didn’t expect to like playing with a bow not made from wood and horse-hair. I’ve been converted. Yes, I might well use a conventional bow as well and will certainly carry one with me, but as far as I can see, this will be my bow of choice.
I wonder when they’ll start making double basses out of carbon fibre so that I can carry it myself…