Schmidt Workshop Cello Bow - $39.99Learn More
SHAR Fusion Cello Bow - $70Learn More
PRESTO Carbon Fiber Cello Bow - $109Learn More
A. Schmidt Cello Bow - $99.99Learn More
Meinel Pernambuco Cello Bow - $119Learn More
PRESTO Audition Cello Bow - $169Learn More
CodaBow Prodigy Cello Bow - $400Learn More
PRESTO Ovation Cello Bow - $369Learn More
Guy Laurent Workshop Cello Bow - $370Learn More
R.A. Meinel Two Star Cello Bow - $449Learn More
V.C. Jeandel Cello Bow - $529Learn More
Guy Laurent Three Star Cello Bow - $770Learn More
PRESTO impulse Cello Bow - $779Learn More
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We explore the differences between pernambuco and carbon fiber bows.
You asked, we answered. Read the FAQs from parents and beginning players.
We provide answers to some of your common bow concerns.
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."
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. PRESTO® bows are only made with aerospace-grade fibers and resins. The engineering process guarantees longevity by eliminating "creep," a flaw in carbon-fiber manufacture that can warp a bow or diminish camber over time. All bows are thoroughly inspected, meaning only bows with the best craftsmanship are sent to our customers. 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
"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.
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.
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.
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.
SHAR is proud to be the sole distributor of the Model 50 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. Only the highest quality of bows, in both Pernambuco selection and playing characteristics, are chosen to be a Model 50 bow. This particular model is designed for the advancing student. 4/4 size.
Economical bows best suited to beginning players. Half-lined ebony frog, leather thumb grip, three-part button, wire winding.
Enjoy the benefits of a carbon fiber bow - laser-straight tracking, excellent control and unparalleled durability - all at a great price. PRESTO® bows are only made with aerospace-grade fibers and resins. The engineering process guarantees longevity by eliminating "creep," a flaw in carbon-fiber manufacture that can warp a bow or diminish camber over time. All bows are thoroughly inspected, meaning only bows with the best craftsmanship are sent to our customers. 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).
Presto® Audition Carbon Fiber Cello BowREVIEWED ON: August 28, 2015
reviewed by: Teacher, Anonymous
Nice balance and weight! Fun to play with. Just what I needed. Not near as nice as a good wood bow for the tone, but fun to play with. Now I don't have to worry about my good bow getting damaged while teaching.
R. A. Meinel Pernambuco 1 Star Cello Bow - 3/4 sizeREVIEWED ON: March 03, 2015
reviewed by: KILEY QUINN
Pros: Sounds great, perfectly balanced. I bought this to replace a much more expensive carbon fiber bow I had for a while, and I am very happy. I can play so much better now. Light and springy. Cons: The screw is a tad stiff. The only significant issue I have is that the hair isn't the best quality-- a bit wavy, which means I need to tighten the tension a bit higher than usual. I expect it will need rehairing soon and then I'll love it even more.
A. Schmidt Brazilwood Cello BowREVIEWED ON: June 04, 2014
Bow is fine
reviewed by: Holly Landry
My daughter used this bow continually for 10 months probably about 300 hrs of use. It was still kicking, when her little brother bumped it off it's stand and it landed on the floor and cracked just enough on top to let the strings eventually come out while playing. She thought it was fine, sound was good and it was adequate, the teacher recommends a fiber, it might be stronger if dropped.
PRESTO® Impulse Carbon Fiber Cello BowREVIEWED ON: February 04, 2014
PRESTO Impulse Carbon Fiber Cello Bow
reviewed by: Anonymous
I am a violinist and violist who enjoys playing the cello now and then. I own several high-end bows, including two Coda Bow Classic carbon fiber bows, which are predecessors of the Coda Bow Diamond GX. About six months ago, I broke down and bought a Presto Impulse cello bow. NICE BOW!!! The Presto Impulse cello bow has excellent weight, balance and handling characteristics. Its durability exceeds any pernambuco bow at any price. Over the years, I've used a lot of cello bows that handled like broomsticks! This Presto Impulse cello bow is a real sweetheart! It is definitely comparable to my Coda Bow Classics. I am a big believer in buying the best bow you can afford, especially if you are trying to inspire your favorite teenager.
Presto® Audition Carbon Fiber Cello BowREVIEWED ON: September 24, 2013
Love it but...
reviewed by: Debra Bauman
I love this bow, hands down love it. I bought it about 5 months ago, it is light and very easy to handle at fast speeds. However, I did have the wedge in my frog slip out. I noticed this about two days ago and have been using an old student bow we had lying around. Thankfully I have the 1 year warantee to rely on now that the Christmas season is coming up fast.
PRESTO® Impulse Carbon Fiber Cello BowREVIEWED ON: May 02, 2013
Nice bow. It could improve
reviewed by: Anonymous
I've had a cello Presto Impulse bow from August 2010, just a few months after it's release. From my two years of experience working with this bow, I can say of it's virtues, that is a nice looking bow, well fitted and produces a warm and mellow sound. In this aspect the designers and manufacturers of this bow have made a good job, because these are the aspects of sound that carbon fiber normally bows cannot achieve. From it's faults I must say that the bow lacks for a little grip and weight towards the tip. And this makes it difficult to play with a consistent sound in this area in a confotable way. Due to the lack of weight and balance near the tip of the bow, you have to be making adjustments with your fingers towards the tip in order to get a good grip. This aspect could be improved in the next generation of Presto bows. But again, considering price, nice looking and beautiful silver fittings, specially the screw, I must say it's a fine bow for the price.
Presto® Audition Carbon Fiber Cello BowREVIEWED ON: March 18, 2013
reviewed by: MARY BERRY
I haven't had long to use the Presto Audition Carbon fiber bow but so far I like it a lot. It's slightly heavier than my Brazil wood bow and I'm thinking that will be a good thing.
Presto® Audition Carbon Fiber Cello BowREVIEWED ON: March 06, 2013
Great bow at a great price.
reviewed by: ALBERTO MARTINEZ
I use this bow with an NS Design six string electric cello. The bow is light, responsive, lightning quick, produces good volume, is impervious to weather changes and is indestructible. The tone is not what pernambuco proponents are used to, and that seems to be the major complaint against carbon fiber bows, but anyone buying carbon fiber bows should be doing so for their PERFORMANCE, and not because of the tone they produce. It is a compromise. I have several bows. A snakewood baroque bow, a pernambuco bow, an ipe bow and this carbon fiber bow. Granted, none of those bows are the thousand dollar variety, but the carbon fiber bow performs better and is far more responsive than any of my other bows. As far as tone, I like my ipe bow more. I think this bow is a great value, but it's not suitable for all applications (though it may be, depending on your instrument). It is perfect for me, because I am an electric player, and in the electric world we are less dependent on the tone of wood and more dependent on the performance of the gear. Still, I have friends that use similar carbon fiber bows (Coda Bows) and they swear by them. Some of them even going as far as saying they will never use a pernambuco bow anymore. In closing, I think this is a great value and a great performing bow. You just need to find the right application for it.
Presto® Carbon Fiber Cello BowREVIEWED ON: February 07, 2013
Presto Carbon Fiber
reviewed by: Alan DeNicola
I have been playing string instruments for 30 years.... This bow is a must for a step up for any beginner or advanced player looking for a responsive well-made carbon fiber bow without the big price tag. My wife Patty said the cello never sounded so sweet.
SHAR Fusion Carbon Composite Cello BowREVIEWED ON: December 12, 2012
Better than expected
reviewed by: ROBERT BERG
I bought this as a potential second bow, and it felt like a gamble, since it was sight-unseen--and unheard. It's surprisingly good, and easily beats my fiberglass bow, as well as an inexpensive Pernambuco bow. At 80.1 grams, it has a nice weight, and the balance is also good, at 9.2" from the end of the stick. The stiffness exactly matches my nice old German bow, with a Stroup value of 220. It's not as stiff as a Codabow Diamond GX, which might be a good thing. Give it a try!