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French vs. German Grip

French vs. German Grip

This video explores the differences between french and german grip bass bows.

Bow Concerns

Bow Concerns

We provide answers to some of your common bow concerns.

Parent and Beginner FAQs

FAQs from Parents & Beginners

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

SHAR Fusion Carbon Composite Double Bass Bow

Instrument: Bass
Level: Beginning

For years string teachers have told us that fiberglass bows are a durable and practical choice for active young students and their budget-conscious parents. But because they lack the finesse and handling properties of wood or carbon fiber bows, teaching bowing techniques can be difficult. We listened to our colleagues and set out to find a solution. The result is the SHAR FUSION student bow. Utilizing high tech composite of carbon fiber and fiberglass, the SHAR FUSION is strong and priced right. But best of all, the SHAR FUSION performs like much more expensive wood or carbon fiber bow. Try one today!

"When considering a new bow for their student, teachers and parents alike have expressed their desire for a well-constructed bow that doesn't compromise its playability and responsiveness. I'm happy to say this bow is an excellent option for customers looking for a durable and practical bow, without inhibiting a young player's sound and technique development. Immediately after trying this bow for the first time, I noticed how easily the violin responded to it."
- William Kaltz-Hall, Violinist, Contact Center Representative


Canadian rock group Article One (www.articleonemusic.com), combines pop-rock accessibility with the hard-driving virtuosity and honesty of an indie band. Here's what Article One's world-class rock violinist, Matt Piche', has to say about the Shar Fusion bows that he uses in his performances:
"The Shar Fusion allows me to express all the passion and intensity that Article One's music demands, without wilting or breaking. Sometimes our shows get a little crazy - the rugged Fusion bow stands up to abuse better than any wood bow, yet it plays like a good wood bow. It's ideal for demanding music-making."

Glasser Brooklyn Classic Premium Model Double Bass Bow

Instrument: Bass
Level: Beginning

The Glasser Brooklyn Classic Premium Model Double Bass Bow is only available with Natural bow hair and a Brown stick. You may choose any size or frog style, but SHAR no longer carries alternate stick or bow hair colors. 

Glasser Bronx Student Model Double Bass Bow

Instrument: Bass
Level: Beginning

Features horsehair, plastic frog & leatherette grip.

The Glasser Bow Company has been family owned and operated in the Bronx, New York since 1938. Their sturdy fiberglass bows are tough enough to stand up to students and are a popular choice with teachers and schools.

A. Schmidt™ brazilwood bows are a good choice for young players. Offers better flexibility, response, and playability. Fully-lined ebony frog with Parisian style eye, three-part button, thumb leather, wire winding.

Schmidt Workshop Double Bass Bow - French Grip

Instrument: Bass
Level: Beginning

Half-lined ebony frog, leather thumb grip, three part button.

A. Schmidt™ brazilwood bows are a good choice for young players. Offers better flexibility, response, and playability. Fully-lined ebony frog with Parisian- style eye, three-part button, thumb leather, wire winding.

$130.00

SHAR Fusion Carbon Composite Double Bass Bow

REVIEWED ON: March 01, 2013

Good Product when it works

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reviewed by: AARON MICHAELSON

I love Shar products, and as an educator on a budget I thought this was a dream importunity to replace my old dilapidated fleet of bass bows with a decent product at a good price. When I received the 10 that I ordered, one was broken right out of the box. It wouldn't tighten, then within a week 2 more had gone the same way, and now 6 months in, 5 of the original 10 don't work. The hair pulls away from the frog, and the bow won't tighten. Now Shar has been great about replacing them, but I don't want to keep having to send in the bad ones and get another that may or may not have the same problem. I fear I may have to look into replacing the whole fleet sometime in the near future.

$130.00

SHAR Fusion Carbon Composite Double Bass Bow

REVIEWED ON: February 06, 2013

Decent bow for the price

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reviewed by: JONATHAN MOODY

I bought this bow as I needed a German style bow for a run of gigs, and honestly didn't want to spend a lot of money. For what it is, it's a very nice bow in the price range and the hair is nicer than I expected at this price point. One thing I do not like is the leather wrap. I've only used it on five rehearsals at this point, and the leather is starting to come apart at the seam, and there are some noticeable gouges in the leather itself. These are things that really shouldn't happen this quickly; we're talking about a span of three weeks.

$199.00

Presto® Carbon Fiber Double Bass Bow

REVIEWED ON: December 14, 2010

Presto Carbon Fiber French Bass Bow

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reviewed by: Rick Auvil

This bow has a clean, streamlined appearance and is very comfortable to grip. The light weight does not compromise a nice, full tone on the double bass. I have used it during long orchestra rehearsals and concerts and it has greatly reduced my fatigue. It's a great bow for the price!