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Getting the Most out of your Bow

Get the Most Out of Your Bow

Tips that will help you maintain and care for your bow whether you're just starting out or an established professional.

Parent and Beginner FAQs

FAQs from Parents & Beginners

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

Pernambuco vs. Carbon Fiber

Pernambuco vs. Carbon Fiber

We explore the differences between pernambuco and carbon fiber bows.

SHAR Fusion Carbon Composite Violin Bow

Instrument: Violin
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."

The antique finish of the fine pernambuco hints at the playing characteristics of the sophisticated bow. Firm stick imparts a warm sound for demanding passages.

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.

Presto® Impulse Carbon Fiber Violin Bow

Instrument: Violin
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. 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 violinist 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

From the Peccatte head to the silver mounting, this bow is the picture of refinement. Fast and responsive.

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 violinist 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.

CodaBow Prodigy Violin Bow 4/4 Size

Instrument: Violin
Level: Intermediate

CodaBow Specialized Models: PRODIGY
Professional Characteristics at a Pre-Professional Price

True to its name, the PRODIGY delivers a gifted performance. Precision-engineered to provide select professional characteristics at a pre-professional price, the PRODIGY boasts exceptional performance for exceptional students. The dynamically balanced shaft offers off-string agility commonly reserved for high-performance bows while also providing the on-string forgiveness and comfort desired by young players. Available in 3/4 and 4/4 size.

ADVANCING PERFORMANCE DESIGN BROWN TINT GRAPHITE DIAMOND WEAVE TECHNOLOGY BLENDED KEVLAR ACOUSTIC CORE NICKEL-SIVER MOUNTINGS EUROPEAN XEBONYTM FROG WITH MOTHER-OF-PEARL SLIDE HAND-DRESSED HORSEHAIR 5-YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY

From the Peccatte head to the silver mounting, this bow is the picture of refinement. Fast and responsive.

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 violinist 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.

Stunning silver fittings and snakewood frog on this impressive bow! Firm stick is at home with the Bach Chacconne as well as with Paganini No. 24. 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.

SHAR Fusion Carbon Composite Violin Bow

Instrument: Violin
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."

The antique finish of the fine pernambuco hints at the playing characteristics of the sophisticated bow. Firm stick imparts a warm sound for demanding passages.

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.

CodaBow Diamond GX Violin Bow 4/4 Size

Instrument: Violin
Level: Advanced

CodaBow The Diamond Collection: DIAMOND GX (Gold Level)
"Rare Jewel!..." - The STRAD Magazine
"Brilliant..." - STRINGS Magazine

The crown jewel of the DIAMOND Collection, the DIAMOND GX embodies the unrivalled marriage of timeless craftsmanship and industry-first technology. Designed for professionals, the GX offers performance once reserved for only the finest pernambuco bows.

Master makers and leading scientists have combined their lifelong experience to create a collection of bows that elegantly blend bow making’s time-honored principles with today’s most innovative bow technology.

PROFESSIONAL PERFORMANCE DESIGN PERNAMBUCO TINT GRAPHITE DIAMOND WEAVE TECHNOLOGY KEVLAR ACOUSTIC CORE GOLD AND STERLING MOUNTINGS EUROPEAN (PAULUS) EBONY FROG WITH GOLDFISH SLIDE FIRST-SELECTION STALLION HAIR LIFETIME LIMITED WARRANTY

CodaBow Diamond NX Violin Bow 4/4 Size

Instrument: Violin
Level: Intermediate

CodaBow The Diamond Collection: DIAMOND NX (Nickel Level)
The Shared Vision of Master Bow Makers & Professional Teachers.

The shared dream of master bow makers and professional teachers, the DIAMOND NX offers advanced performance for serious players. Agile yet accommodating, the NX elevates advanced players to new levels.

Master makers and leading scientists have combined their lifelong experience to create a collection of bows that elegantly blend bow making’s time-honored principles with today’s most innovative bow technology.

ADVANCED PERFORMANCE DESIGN BROWN TINT GRAPHITE DIAMOND WEAVE TECHNOLOGY BLENDED KEVLAR ACOUSTIC CORE NICKEL-SILVER MOUNTINGS EUROPEAN XEBONYTM FROG WITH MOTHER-OF-PEARL SLIDE HAND-DRESSED HORSEHAIR 10-YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY

Beautiful high quality Pernambuco, flexible stick of medium weight, silver mounted.

In the tradition of the great French archetiers, we are proud to offer these impressive bows of fine character and outstanding playability. For the violinist seeking a strong bow with very warm sound, excellent control and fast response, but without breaking the bank, look no further! Comparable to European bows costing twice the price, these master bows are from the finest workshops in China.Due to a temporary supply problem, these bows are unavailable until further notice (September 15, 2006).

Meinel Pernambuco Violin Bow

Instrument: Violin
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 sizes.

Baroque Pernambuco Violin Bow - 4/4 size

Instrument: Violin
Level: Intermediate

Baroque bows have always held a fascination with classical string players for their old-world elegance and beauty, but they have traditionally been too expensive for all but the serious Baroque player or the classical player/bow collector. After receiving numerous requests over the years we have worked to develop a Baroque bow that would be affordable for a beginning Baroque player or for a classical player interested in owning a bow in this elegant style. There is no notable difference in performance between pernambuco and snakewood bows.

Presto® Ovation Carbon Fiber Violin Bow

Instrument: Violin
Level: Intermediate

PRESTO® Carbon Fiber Performance Series

PRESTO® Performance Series carbon fiber bows have gained a loyal following among players and teachers alike. Combining modern, strong, state-of-the-art materials with traditional handcraft, these bows are as impressive and beautiful to look at as they are to play. Agile handling, arrow-straight tracking and full tonal power are hallmarks of these fine bows. Decidedly stunning in appearance due to the open weave carbon cloth, these bows are far better suited for severe performance conditions than wood bows, including pernambuco. And, as the world's supply of expensive pernambuco wood disappears, PRESTO® Performance Series bows deliver more performance for your dollar than any fine bow on the market today. 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.

Silver mounted with Snakewood frog, open weave black carbon-fiber finish.

Presto® Encore Carbon Fiber Violin Bow

Instrument: Violin
Level: Intermediate

PRESTO® Carbon Fiber Performance Series

PRESTO® Performance Series carbon fiber bows have gained a loyal following among players and teachers alike. Combining modern, strong, state-of-the-art materials with traditional handcraft, these bows are as impressive and beautiful to look at as they are to play. Agile handling, arrow-straight tracking and full tonal power are hallmarks of these fine bows. Decidedly stunning in appearance due to the open weave carbon cloth, these bows are far better suited for severe performance conditions than wood bows, including pernambuco. And, as the world's supply of expensive pernambuco wood disappears, PRESTO Performance Series bows deliver more performance for your dollar than any fine bow on the market today. 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..

Silver mounted, open weave black carbon-fiber finish.

Beautiful high quality Pernambuco, flexible stick of medium weight, silver mounted.

In the tradition of the great French archetiers, we are proud to offer these impressive bows of fine character and outstanding playability. For the violinist seeking a strong bow with very warm sound, excellent control and fast response, but without breaking the bank, look no further! Comparable to European bows costing twice the price, these master bows are from the finest workshops in China.Due to a temporary supply problem, these bows are unavailable until further notice (September 15, 2006).

Meinel Pernambuco Violin Bow

Instrument: Violin
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 sizes.

A Schmidt™ Brazilwood Violin Bow

Instrument: Violin
Level: Beginning

A. Schmidt brazilwood bows are a good choice for young players. Offers better flexibility, response, and playability. Fully-lined ebony frog with Parisian three-part button, thumb leather, wire winding.

Presto® Carbon Fiber Violin Bow

Instrument: Violin
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. 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).

Meinel One Star Pernambuco Violin Bow

Instrument: Violin
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.

Schmidt Workshop Violin Bow

Instrument: Violin
Level: Beginning

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

$725.00

Marco Raposo Silver-Mounted Violin Bow

REVIEWED ON: December 27, 2015

A little underwhelmed

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reviewed by: Anonymous

I tried one of these as part of a package deal with a potential violin purchase, thinking it might be a good backup bow. It was well-made, but seemed a bit heavy for my tastes.

$29.99

Schmidt Workshop Violin Bow

REVIEWED ON: November 14, 2015

Good bow

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reviewed by: Parent, Anonymous

I bought this for my daughter last May over a year ago. I also bought a carbon fiber bow for $71. However, my daughter prefers the cheaper one. She only uses this bow for all her activities. I give a 4 star rating because I had to send it back twice due to the falling of the hair.

$89.00

Presto® Carbon Fiber Violin Bow

REVIEWED ON: November 08, 2015

Fantastic Bow

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reviewed by: Student, MARK ZEMBRZUSKI

My previous bow was the cheap one which came with my factory-made violin. It did the job, but after taking lessons for a couple months, I started to wonder if I would be better served with a quality bow. The answer turns out to be, "YES!" Recommend by my teacher (a professional violinist), this bow has noticeably improved my playing. The lighter weight and quality design provided better bowing control and nicer sound overall. Practice remains the best path to improvement, but quality tools can help. This bow is unquestionably a quality tool. Purchasing from Shar was a painless process. Delivery was fast and packaging was top-notch. The have one more dedicated customer.

$50.00

SHAR Fusion Carbon Composite Violin Bow

REVIEWED ON: October 15, 2015

Great Sounding Bow

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reviewed by: Student, HANNA WU

I've had this bow for a week now after replacing it with my wooden one. Sure it is a little bit heavier; however, it helps with techniques in my opinion. I had no problem with it and I definitely recommend this... I love it.

$89.00

Presto® Carbon Fiber Violin Bow

REVIEWED ON: September 29, 2015

Just not that great.

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reviewed by: Student, Anonymous

I ordered this bow as an upgrade from my previous 1/2 size bow. But this bow lasted me only about a year. For no good reason at all the stick broke at near the tip under normal bow hair tension. I explained to my teacher and she confirmed that this bow was definitely broken. One other thing I should mention is that this bow didn't make a great tone. It wasn't awful though. A good effort from Shar though. :)

$59.99

A Schmidt™ Brazilwood Violin Bow

REVIEWED ON: September 03, 2015

Lasted 2 years

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reviewed by: Parent, ERIKA GARMERS

For the price, it was a good choice for my middle school daughter. It lasted two years before the screw stripped and she could no longer tighten the hairs.

$29.99

Schmidt Workshop Violin Bow

REVIEWED ON: June 26, 2015

Poor quality bow, hair falling out fast

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reviewed by: Anonymous

very poor quality!!! after only 3 months of play (~30 min a day), the hair started to fall out badly and becomes not usable at all. Our old bow for a smaller size violin lasted 1.5 years and perhaps even longer.

$50.00

SHAR Fusion Carbon Composite Violin Bow

REVIEWED ON: June 02, 2015

1/4 size - Ok for the money. Not wowed.

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reviewed by: AUBREY WATKINS

Feels a bit heavy but that is probably to be expected given materials. Not really a complaint. The hair is fine, although I will note it took more rosin than usual to get it gripping the strings at the first. The screw is the biggest issue. My 7 year old cannot turn it. And that was one of my biggest hopes for it. But it's stiff, not "easy" even for me. Perhaps an easy screw in a 1/4 bow for $50 is too much to ask. But I was hoping Shar's own line would be able to pull it off.

$725.00

Marco Raposo Silver-Mounted Violin Bow

REVIEWED ON: May 22, 2015

Great Bow for My Intermediate Student

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reviewed by: JOANNE SUNG

My daughter had been told by her teacher that, even after playing for 3 decades, a bow that she purchased 10 years ago changed the way she played....for the better. I wasn't ready to invest $10k in a 100-year-old bow like she did, but after a lot of research we picked this one. The weight, the flexibility and how it maneuvers did change the way my 10-year-old played. She faced her first bottleneck before we got the bow six months ago when she transitioned from Suzuki to traditional. Almost immediately after we got the bow, her playing went to a different level. This was a worthwhile investment. I wouldn't have believed how much a bow can do and always thought the focus of the outfit should be the instrument itself. This bow opened our eyes to what a great bow can do for the player.

$129.00

Presto® Audition Carbon Fiber Violin Bow

REVIEWED ON: April 25, 2015

Disappointed...

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reviewed by: Student, RAYMOND FRADY

First off, I'm a beginner on the violin. I've played music for 35+ years though. I started taking lessons a few months ago, and I'm progressing to the point I thought about upgrading my bow. I got my bow and put rosin on it and played with this bow. I'm just playing a rental for the moment, but to be honest I like the sound of the fiberglass bow that came with the violin better than this bow. I thought it was just me, so I had my teacher play with it too. She said its a very unforgiving bow, and when she switched between all the bows I was amazed at the difference between the sound of the bows. To be honest, I wish I would have just put the $120+ on a better wooden bow. Live and learn.