Schmidt Workshop Viola Bow - $34.99Learn More
SHAR Fusion Viola Bow - $55Learn More
A. Schmidt Viola Bow - $69.99Learn More
PRESTO Carbon Fiber Viola Bow - $99Learn More
Meinel Pernambuco Viola Bow - $109Learn More
PRESTO Audition Viola Bow - $149Learn More
CodaBow Prodigy Viola Bow - $365Learn More
PRESTO Ovation Viola Bow - $329Learn More
Guy Laurent Workshop Viola Bow - $330Learn More
R.A. Meinel Two Star Viola Bow - $399Learn More
V.C. Jeandel Viola Bow - $479Learn More
PRESTO impulse Viola Bow - $659Learn More
Guy Laurent Three Star Viola Bow - $690Learn More
Marco Raposo Viola Bow - $825Learn More
CodaBow Diamond GX Viola Bow - $930Learn More
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We explore the differences between pernambuco and carbon fiber bows.
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 violist 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® Impluse endorsement.
Flexible to moderately-flexible pernambuco stick medium weight. Nickel-mounted ebony frog with Parisian eye and three part button: Plasti whalebone or wire grip.
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. Full size bow accomodates a full size (15 -17 ) viola.
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.
Stunning silver fittings and faux tortoise shell frog on this impressive bow! Firm stick is at home with the Dvorak Concerto as well as with Bach's Suite No.1. This bow will help take any serious student or amateur to the next level of playing.
Bows from the Guy Laurent® workshop are amongst our most popular, serving the most demanding advanced students and serious amateurs. In the tradition of the great French archetiers, we are proud to offer these impressive bows of fine character and outstanding playability. For the violist 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 bows are from the finest workshops in China.
Economical brazilwood 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. 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. 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. Black with finished stick, ebony frog with Parisian eye (bass bows with pearl eye).
Beautifully finished French-made bows. Quick-responding, medium-firm to strong, round stick. Nickel-mounted ebony frog.
CodaBow Diamond NX Viola BowREVIEWED ON: July 29, 2014
Better than I imagined
reviewed by: ELIZABETH BUSTAMANTE
This bow is so agile and responsive that my playing has noticeably improved in just a few months. After being away from all things string for 40 years (!) I picked up a viola again. There were no such things as carbon fiber bows back in the day, so this has been a high-tech dream for me. At my level of playing (geezer redux), the NX suits me just fine and I can't really envision needing to move on up. Heartily recommended for just about anyone who is not quite a virtuoso!
Guy Laurent® Pernambuco 3 Star Viola Bow - 4/4 size - Silver MountedREVIEWED ON: April 13, 2014
Wonderful bow!!! *****
I purchased this bow about 2 months ago. I wanted to wait before I reviewed it. The bow not only produces the most beautiful tone from my viola, but it is beautiful to look at! I have fooled a few people already with the faux-shell frog! No complaints thus far and I don't foresee any.
Presto® Audition Carbon Fiber Viola BowREVIEWED ON: December 10, 2012
reviewed by: SANDRA KEAR
This is a great bow for the price! It's very nicely balanced and produces a good tone. I am very pleased with mine.
Presto® Audition Carbon Fiber Viola BowREVIEWED ON: October 09, 2012
Great Bow; Great Price
reviewed by: ROBERT BABS
This is a great bow. It's strong, plays well and produces a great sound. It has a great bounce but is still easy to control. To be honest, I still prefer my wood bow, but I think that's just because it's a rather high quality wood bow. Though this new bow has still been an excellent backup bow for me. For the price you pay for this, you're getting way more. I highly recommend it! as I do Shar in general. I'm very satisfied.
Presto® Carbon Fiber Viola BowREVIEWED ON: October 02, 2012
reviewed by: CANDICE GARY
This bow helped me when I was in a pinch a week before a concert with my university symphony. It is easy to work with, has a decent weight, and handles massive usage in a small period of time. This makes for great back up bow in time of need, or a good starter carbon fiber for those that are new to them.
Guy Laurent® Workshop Viola Bow RoundREVIEWED ON: September 13, 2012
Awesome Bow, Great Price
reviewed by: MICHAEL DAVIS
This bow easily outperformed other bows that I tried out at nearly double the price. I love the way it handles and the sound it pulls out of my viola. Maybe in the future I'll go for one of their better bows but for now this one is great.
Guy Laurent® Pernambuco 1 Star Viola Bow - 4/4 size - Silver MountedREVIEWED ON: August 16, 2012
Nice viola bow!
I ordered this bow about 2 weeks ago. I did an in home trial first, and I loved it. The bow, for my instrument, provides a warm sound. I enjoy playing with this bow very much. It has made my practice and play time a lot more enjoyable! It is also beautiful to look at. :)
Presto® Audition Carbon Fiber Viola BowREVIEWED ON: January 14, 2012
reviewed by: Anonymous
I ordered this bow a few days ago and just got it today. I can already say that I love it! The tone that it produces is superb, and it is very good quality for a cheaper carbon fiber bow. I also noticed that the bow has a lot more bounce than my pernumbuco bow. Very satisfied with this product. I would recommend it to my fellow viola players.
CodaBow Diamond NX Viola BowREVIEWED ON: December 07, 2011
Complexity and Volume
reviewed by: Seth Van Embden
The moment the bow touched the strings I was amazed. The sound produced surpassed all other bows I tried in its complexity and volume. What I was looking for in my next bow was control, and the Diamond NX gave me the control I wanted. I feel much more comfortable playing now than I had been with my old wood bow.
Presto® Ovation Viola Bow Black 4/4 SizeREVIEWED ON: August 09, 2011
On my previous viola this bow worked wonders and reminded me strongly of the coda bow diamond gx, quick response, excellent spicatto. On the viola I have now this bow frustrates me to no end, it's sluggish and too bouncy. But on both of my instruments it did pull out a pretty decent tone. Test out this bow before you buy it!