Yes, this is who you think it is still trying bows! i went to buy one from THAT shop but in true turners style they messed me about again so i left the bows there and went... to cardiff violins! and boy are they good to me. I've found 2 lovely bows there, and at great prices.
1 is a Manoel Francisco bow. It's in great condition, well made, beautiful and nice and strong...it's, to me, better than the ?1500 bows i tried at turners - and it's only 875. This puts me off a bit as i want a bow to last me a few years and 875 seems too little but if it does the job..! after a quick google i read great things about this maker, and people are of the opinion that his bows are cheap as he hasnt got the name for himself to be able to charge higher prices but as he become more well known his bows are going to increase in value. apparently! it's lovely anyway.
The other is Alfons Riedl, at ?1000. i'm not as 'excited' about this bow as the Francisco one, but it is very nice. Sometimes i prefer this one, sometime the Francisco!! but its more consistently the cheaper one that iprefer..
Anyone have any opinions or know anything about the makers?