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Parent and Beginner FAQs

FAQs from Parents & Beginners

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

Bow Concerns

Bow Concerns

We provide answers to some of your common bow concerns.

Pernambuco vs. Carbon Fiber

Pernambuco vs. Carbon Fiber

We explore the differences between pernambuco and carbon fiber bows.

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.

$99.99

A. Schmidt™ Brazilwood Cello Bow

REVIEWED ON: June 04, 2014

Bow is fine

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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.

$779.00

PRESTO® Impulse Carbon Fiber Cello Bow

REVIEWED ON: February 04, 2014

PRESTO Impulse Carbon Fiber Cello Bow

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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.

$169.00

Presto® Audition Carbon Fiber Cello Bow

REVIEWED ON: September 24, 2013

Love it but...

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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.

$779.00

PRESTO® Impulse Carbon Fiber Cello Bow

REVIEWED ON: May 02, 2013

Nice bow. It could improve

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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.

$169.00

Presto® Audition Carbon Fiber Cello Bow

REVIEWED ON: March 18, 2013

Nice bow

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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.

$169.00

Presto® Audition Carbon Fiber Cello Bow

REVIEWED ON: March 06, 2013

Great bow at a great price.

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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.

$99.00

Presto® Carbon Fiber Cello Bow

REVIEWED ON: February 07, 2013

Presto Carbon Fiber

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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.

$70.00

SHAR Fusion Carbon Composite Cello Bow

REVIEWED ON: December 12, 2012

Better than expected

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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!

$770.00

Guy Laurent® Pernambuco 3 Star Cello Bow - 4/4 size - Silver Mounted

REVIEWED ON: August 17, 2012

Amazing Sound, looks, and feel!

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reviewed by: Jacob Sergent

I am a Cello Major at College and I am happy to say in this case, you get more than you pay for. This bow is a beautiful piece of fine craftsmanship! The pure smooth sound it produces is outstanding. Not only is the bow very well balanced and easy to articulate with, but also very comfortable to hold and play with. It glides effortlessly across the strings giving such a pure resonance, making higher notes sing more and lower notes smoother and deeper. This also helps you accomplish brilliant chords/double stops easier without risk of a harsh, gritty sound. What more need I say, I am in love with this bow. I sincerely recommend this bow to students who mean business!

$169.00

Presto® Audition Carbon Fiber Cello Bow

REVIEWED ON: April 21, 2012

Amazing Bow!

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reviewed by: CHANELLE PEOPLES

I recieved my Presto audition bow in the mail and it is stunning, it only took 3 days for it to arrive. It fits in your hand perfect and the weight is evenly distributed. It's slimmer compared to other bows and is long. It has a good balance of sound and is weightless. I highly recommend this bow and if you are having worries wondering if it's a quality bow, it is you get your money's worth.