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FAQs from Parents & Beginners

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In Home Trials

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.

Bow Concerns

Bow Concerns

We provide answers to some of your common bow concerns.

R. A. Meinel Pernambuco Viola Bow - 4/4 (17" - 14") size

Instrument: Viola
Level: Intermediate

Flexible to moderately-flexible pernambuco stick medium weight. Nickel-mounted ebony frog with Parisian eye and three part button: Plasti whalebone or wire grip.

Meinel Pernambuco Viola Bow - 4/4 (17"-14") size

Instrument: Viola
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. Full size bow accomodates a full size (15 -17 ) viola.

V. C. Jeandel Pernambuco Viola Bow - 4/4 (17" - 14") size

Instrument: Viola
Level: Intermediate

Beautifully finished French-made bows. Quick-responding, medium-firm to strong, round stick. Nickel-mounted ebony frog.

$409.50

CodaBow Diamond NX Viola Bow

REVIEWED ON: July 29, 2014

Better than I imagined

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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!

$690.00

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

REVIEWED ON: April 13, 2014

Wonderful bow!!! *****

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reviewed by: Anonymous

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.

$149.00

Presto® Audition Carbon Fiber Viola Bow

REVIEWED ON: December 10, 2012

Great Bow!

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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.

$149.00

Presto® Audition Carbon Fiber Viola Bow

REVIEWED ON: October 09, 2012

Great Bow; Great Price

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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.

$89.00

Presto® Carbon Fiber Viola Bow

REVIEWED ON: October 02, 2012

A+

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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.

$330.00

Guy Laurent® Workshop Viola Bow Round

REVIEWED ON: September 13, 2012

Awesome Bow, Great Price

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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.

$480.00

Guy Laurent® Pernambuco 1 Star Viola Bow - 4/4 size - Silver Mounted

REVIEWED ON: August 16, 2012

Nice viola bow!

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reviewed by: Anonymous

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. :)

$149.00

Presto® Audition Carbon Fiber Viola Bow

REVIEWED ON: January 14, 2012

Amazing bow!

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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.

$409.50

CodaBow Diamond NX Viola Bow

REVIEWED ON: December 07, 2011

Complexity and Volume

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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.

$329.00

Presto® Ovation Viola Bow Black 4/4 Size

REVIEWED ON: August 09, 2011

mixed feelings

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reviewed by: Anonymous

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!