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Shar Music In Home Trial

Our Safe, Easy, and Risk-Free In Home Trial Program allows you to try up to 4 bows for a 7 day trial period.

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Get the Most Out of Your Bow

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SHAR Fusion Carbon Composite Cello Bow

Instrument: Cello
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."

PRESTO® Impulse Carbon Fiber Cello Bow

Instrument: Cello
Level: Advanced

High Performance Bows for High Performance Players

You've worked long and hard to develop your skills and you have a repertoire of advanced techniques. You know what you want to express in your playing. Now, here is the perfect partner that feels your every impulse and responds in-kind. After three years of painstaking development and countless professional trials and tests, the new PRESTO® Impulse is born. Meticulous attention to every detail assures that the PRESTO® Impulse stands ready to accurately reproduce your every nuance, and nothing more. Splendid tracking ability, superb control and a warm tone allow you to keep your mind, and your heart, on your performance.

When we set out to develop this new bow, we started with a list of "must-haves":
- The bow must feel alive and resilient, just like a fine-quality wood bow
- Weight and balance must be exactly like a traditional bow so that tedious re-learning of bowing techniques would not be necessary
- Each bow must conform to strict manufacturing standards, for consistency; yet, within defined parameters, the blending of carbon resins must be such that a variety of sticks would be made available for audition. In this way, a skilled cellist is able to discover the perfect PRESTO® Impulse bow
- Each bow must be fitted and finished by hand, to assure proper operation and hand-feel

Andres Cardenes"The Presto® Impulse bow is remarkable. I was amazed at the response, clarity and tone it produces. This is a serious endorsement from me, as I have always shunned carbon fiber bows due to their lack of an "organic" feel. This bow feels and responds like a first rate bow in many ways. It doesn't produce a buttery tone like a great Pecatte or Simon, but it's the next best thing. Congratulations to Shar on a wonderful achievement."
- Andrés Cárdenes
Learn more about Andrés Cárdenes PRESTO® Impulse endorsement.

Guy Laurent® Workshop Cello Bow Round

Instrument: Cello
Level: Intermediate

In the tradition of the great French archetiers, we are proud to offer these impressive bows of fine and outstanding playability. For the player seeking a strong bow with very warm sound, excellent control and fast response, but without breaking the bank, look no further! Easily comparable to European bows costing twice the price, these master-made bows are the finest Chinese-made bows we have yet found. Our bow expert and master restorer, David Crowder, has said, "These bows have excellent quality wood and are crafted to very high standards. The shape of the heads is refined, the fittings are installed with care, and the sticks are strong."

Beautiful, high-quality Pernambuco. Flexible stick of medium weight. Silver mounted.

Meinel Pernambuco Cello Bow

Instrument: Cello
Level: Beginning

Experience the performance of pernambuco at a price you would expect to pay for a brazilwood bow! Flexible to moderately-flexible pernambuco stick, ebony frog with Parisian eye and three part button, wire winding. Available in 4/4, 3/4, and 1/2.

Klaus Becker® Pernambuco Cello Bow - 4/4 size

Instrument: Cello
Level: Intermediate

Excellent pernambuco bow, ideal for intermediate players and beyond. Medium firm nickel-mounted stick, nickel-mounted ebony frog, wire grip. Medium weight and balance. Sweet, articulate tone with quick response. Flawless German craftsmanship throughout.

Marco Raposo Silver-Mounted Cello Bow

Instrument: Cello
Level: Advanced

We are pleased to stock silver mounted bows from Marco Raposo. After extensive testing of the bows from the leading bow makers in Brazil, we have selected those from Marco Raposo as our choice. Each bow is identified with the master maker who created the bow. Pernambuco is graded along with playing qualities before it's considered to be the best for our customers.

Bows are selected for excellence in design and metal workmanship, stiffness, weight, color, balance point, winding, round or octagonal. Our selection of Marco Raposo bows will clearly represent consistency of high quality workmanship and playability. 4/4 size. 

Schmidt Workshop Cello Bow

Instrument: Cello
Level: Beginning

Economical bows best suited to beginning players. Half-lined ebony frog, leather thumb grip, three-part button, wire winding.

Presto® Carbon Fiber Cello Bow

Instrument: Cello
Level: Beginning

Enjoy the benefits of a carbon fiber bow - laser-straight tracking, excellent control and unparalleled durability - all at a great price. The perfect bow to teach young players correct technique, the Presto bow is also used by many advanced players for outdoor or pit work, or as a backup bow. Black with finished stick, ebony frog with Parisian eye (bass bows with pearl eye).

Meinel One Star Pernambuco Cello Bow 4/4 Size

Instrument: Cello
Level: Intermediate

Medium-flexible pernambuco stick; medium weight. Cleanly finished silver mounted ebony frog with Parisian eye compliments the crisp response and full tone.

$499.00

Klaus Becker® Pernambuco Cello Bow - 4/4 size

REVIEWED ON: August 31, 2010

A very good bow

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reviewed by: ROBERT JEFFERS

I have been using this bow for over 5 years and have found it to be very responsive and pairs very nicely with the Bianca cello.

$2,299.00

L. Seifert Pernambuco Cello Bow - 4/4 size - Octagonal Stick - Silver Mounted

REVIEWED ON: December 08, 2008

I will never need another bow!

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reviewed by: Alexander Oharriz-Martinez

This bow is by far one of the best bows that I have ever owned. This bow has the ability to clearly and meticulously capture the sounds that one requires while playing. It is very lightweight, but allows a huge sound. I would suggest this bow to any very serious player.