Sleek, well-balanced, and responsive, the Arcos Brasil carbon-fiber French bow feels very nice in the hand, with a very nice-quality leather grip. Easily produces a nice spiccato! Nickel mounted, nicely styled with its silver winding accented with gold (color). We can enthusiastically recommend these as among the best values for playability in carbon-fiber bass bows! Balance is not at all tip-heavy. These would be great for younger/beginning players as they are extremely EASY to work with and produce a nice legato tone. Synthetic white tip (ivory is never used on these bows). Brand new, top quality Argentine bow hair. Please see photos for details, and/or contact us with any questions prior to purchase - web store bows are for purchase only, and are returnable only if defective or the incorrect item is received. We truly want you to be ecstatic with your bow, and welcome your questions, or visit to try out bows in the store.