I started with the cheap student bow that came with my student violin. I then purchased an inexpensive carbon fiber bow ($79), which was much better from a balance and ease of play standpoint. Finally, I purchased a pernambuco bow from Michael. The balance was even better, and it was lighter and more responsive than the carbon fiber bow. Combined with my Vitale violin, it makes my violin “sing”! From my limited experience, pernambuco is the way to go if you can afford it.