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Parent and Beginner FAQs

FAQs from Parents & Beginners

You asked, we answered. Read the FAQs from parents and beginning players.

Pernambuco vs. Carbon Fiber

Pernambuco vs. Carbon Fiber

We explore the differences between pernambuco and carbon fiber bows.

Bow Concerns

Bow Concerns

We provide answers to some of your common bow concerns.


CodaBow Diamond NX Violin Bow 4/4 Size

REVIEWED ON: May 04, 2014

great bow!

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reviewed by: Anonymous

It was totally worth it to buy this bow. At first I was worried that I would be buying not that good bow with high price. When I got it, I was super excited to use it right away and it made my tone quality much better and it sounds more full and its easy to hold the bow and stuff. I strongly recommend using this.


Guy Laurent® Pernambuco 1 Star Violin Bow - 4/4 size - Silver Mounted

REVIEWED ON: March 20, 2014

Very good

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reviewed by: Anonymous

I purchased this bow after an in home trial 2-3 years ago. I was ready for something better than a beginner bow. This might have been a bigger step than i needed at the time, but it has worked out to be a great fit and I've not been disappointed.


CodaBow Joule Violin Bow 4/4 Size

REVIEWED ON: March 11, 2014

love it!

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reviewed by: ANNETTE SCHERR

i didn't know much about bows when i bought this one. i have only been playing violin for about 6 months. that being said, i took my never tried bow still in the package with me to my lesson today. my teacher tried it before me while i held my breath. she loved it. and believe me, she is very particular! next, i tried it. i can't believe the difference in sound even on my cheap old violin. no more scratching and screeching. i can stand to hear myself play! i hesitated when i made this choice over the other less expensive carbon fiber bows. what sold me was a review i read. the reviewer was an experienced violinist vs a student like myself. so i took a chance and now i must admit, i love it. to be fair, i have not tried the other coda bows so i can't compare. HOWEVER i don't intend to send it back.


Guy Laurent Pernambuco® 3 Star Violin Bow - 4/4 size - Faux Tortoise Stick - Silver Mounted

REVIEWED ON: December 10, 2013

Pass this one by

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reviewed by: Jason Snider

I've bought this bow on 4-2010. In 4-2011 the tip broke on a downbow. I was granted a replacement. On 12-2013 the EXACT same thing happened again. Downbow on the pah-pah section of the 2nd violin part of Sleigh Ride! I am again getting a replacement but from a different maker. I have come to find out that I am not the only one this has happened to with the Guy Laurent bow. There is a defect in this bow. Pass on it. This review is just against the maker not the seller. Mike has worked with much understanding and cooperation. Don't let this review change your opinion of SHAR, just this bow.


CodaBow Prodigy Violin Bow 4/4 Size

REVIEWED ON: November 08, 2013

Not a Good Bow for Some

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reviewed by: ANNA MISKO

I tried this bow as one of four using Shar's in home trial program. Although a fine bow that may work well for some people, when my teacher and I tried it it didn't bring out the same rich sound as some of the other bows I tried. The balance/control was okay, but again not the best. Probably a good intermediate student bow, but I don't recommend it for more advanced or serious players who want a good, rich sound or are doing off-the-string techniques.


CodaBow Diamond GX Violin Bow 4/4 Size

REVIEWED ON: September 14, 2013

Love It!

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reviewed by: Mallory Linehan

I love this bow! I've had it--and have been using it religiously--for about 2 years now. I've been looking for a wooden bow for the past few months, and it has been very difficult because, although the sound created by a wood bow is truer and more resonant, you have to go into the $2,500+ price range to find a bow that can even come close to doing all that this bow can do. If you are a serious/moderately serious student, I would highly recommend this bow because it is perfectly balanced and constructed. If you're serious about having the best sound and tone, go for a wood bow, but be warned that you have increase your budget to have a similarly technically efficient bow.


Second Quality SHAR Fusion Violin Bow - 4/4 size

REVIEWED ON: September 02, 2013


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reviewed by: JOHN KUPKA, JR.

This may be a second Shar Fusion Bow but it definitely would be most peoples first. I could not find a thing wrong to make it rated a second bow and it performs flawlessly. Huge bargain!


Presto® Impulse Carbon Fiber Violin Bow

REVIEWED ON: April 18, 2013

Compared with Coda GX, NX

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reviewed by: YICHANG LI

Using Sharmusic in-home trial, trying Coda Diamond GX, NX, Presto Impulse and 2 others. Performance of Impulse is head to head with GX: It is slightly heavier (60.1G) than GX, but its more agile than GX. Depending on which violin I use, either GX or Impulse can produce sweeter sound. Considering price difference I end up buying Presto Impulse ... Loving my Presto Impulse so far after 6 weeks of usage.


CodaBow Prodigy Violin Bow 3/4 Size

REVIEWED ON: March 21, 2013

a good student bow

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reviewed by: Anonymous

This is a good student bow. It is very lightweight and has a great metal alloy tip which makes it quite special. It brings out a loud, clear sound from the violin.


CodaBow Diamond GX Violin Bow 4/4 Size

REVIEWED ON: November 30, 2012

CodaBow is a good buy

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reviewed by: ALLAN LINEHAN

I have been playing for a year and a half now. I got stuck with a rental instrument and after purchasing my own instrument, I really surged ahead. After a few months, I became more and more frustrated with my tone, and began to wonder if my bow was the problem. At my teacher's suggestion, I went to Shar's website for information and finally to set up a bow trial. While I had some money to spend, I wanted the best bow I could get for the money. The more I read about carbon fiber bows, the more I realized that they would be a consistent quality, since the inherent qualities of making a natural wood bow can't be as consistent. When I read reviews that great players used them often as a second bow, it confirmed that they were pretty good bows. In my bow trial, I compared the Presto Impulse with the CodaBow Diamond GX. Both instantly improved my tone. The CodaBow weighs a few grams more than the Impulse and I could make a better tone with the CodaBow, perhaps because of this fact. Anyway, I kept picking up the CodaBow over the Impulse and chose the CodaBow to purchase. One last thing that may be of concern: I was storing both bows in the bow trial case they came in and with it being late fall here in Kentucky, the humidity was about 35%. Both bows had the problem where you couldn't back off the tension of the hair completely. Once I placed them in my humidified case, however, the hair relaxed enough to release the tension. The carbon fiber doesn't change with humidity, but the hair does, so it is still very important to store the bow in the proper humidity. My guess is that the carbon fiber is strong enough that the bow wouldn't warp, but I believe that the hair would suffer from lack of humidity over time. I wouldn't have been able to discern a difference in the two bows I tried without an extended period of a week to play with each of them, so the bow trial is a fantastic service! I ended up very satisfied that I had chosen the best bow for me and my budget.