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Getting the Most out of your Bow

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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

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

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

Baroque Pernambuco Violin Bow - 4/4 size

Instrument: Violin
Level: Beginning

Note: This is a Baroque violin bow, which is typically only used for baroque style playing. If you are buying a first bow or backup bow for a beginner or student, or if you do not intend to play strictly baroque music, then this bow is not recommended!

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.

SHAR Frog Meister Demonstration Bow

Instrument: Violin
Level: Beginning

Invented by Dr. Suzuki himself, this unique, short (14 inch) bow is used by violin teachers worldwide to help break young violin students of the common habit of playing only in the upper half of the bow! Because the bow is so short, it forces the player to position the right hand in the lower bow position. Great for brush-up practice even for advanced players. Full-size frog and head works perfectly for all ages and levels.

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.

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

CodaBow Diamond SX Violin Bow 4/4 Size

Instrument: Violin
Level: Advanced

CodaBow The Diamond Collection: DIAMOND SX (Silver Level) - "The Passport"
A Stunning Technological Tribute to History's Fine Bows.

A stunning technological tribute to history’s fine bows, the DIAMOND SX offers premium performance for professionals. Sophisticated and reliable, the SX is the ideal ‘touring’ bow for every professional artist and teacher. Never leave home without your Passport.

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.

PREMIUM PERFORMANCE DESIGN NATURAL FINISH GRAPHITE DIAMOND WEAVE TECHNOLOGY KEVLAR ACOUSTIC CORE STERLING AND NICKEL-SIVER MOUNTINGS EUROPEAN XEBONYTM FROG WITH DIAMOND WEAVE SLIDE FIRST-SELECTION STALLION HAIR 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).

Arguably among the two or three greatest bow makers in history, Peccatte's bows are known for their great strength, tremendous power, warmth of sound and versatility. Peccatte was an innovator; heads designed by Peccatte have been called hatchet-shaped and have been copied by generations of bowmakers. Our Peccatte model, from the Guy Laurent workshop, is suitable for a strong player who desires layers of sound and powerful projection. Silver Mounted. 4/4 size.

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 archietiers, we are proud to offer these impressive bows of fine character and outstanding playability. For the musician 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.

Klaus Becker Pernambuco Silver Mounted Violin Bow

Instrument: Violin
Level: Advanced

This medium to firm pernambuco stick impressed us as soon as we picked it up. Exceptional balance, silver capped button and mounting makes this a great bow for any serious student. German-made bows are known for their strength, durability and craftsmanship.

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 craftsmanship throughout.

$3,350.00

Steffen Kuhnla Pernambuco Violin Bow - 4/4 size - Gold Mounted - Ebony Frog

REVIEWED ON: October 14, 2016

cool bow

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reviewed by: boston treat

literally came to say that is one beautiful bow. i don't own it, but seriously cool.

$387.00

CodaBow Diamond NX Violin Bow 4/4 Size

REVIEWED ON: August 14, 2016

Awesome!

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reviewed by: REBEKAH HOPKINS

Very pleased with this bow! During my trial, it came down to this one and the Presto Ovation. This makes the upper positions sound very clear, and is great quality. Very worth the price!

$330.00

Guy Laurent® Workshop Pernambuco Violin Bow - 4/4 size - Round Stick - Silver Mounted

REVIEWED ON: July 11, 2016

Great Value!

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reviewed by: Student, ANONYMOUS STUDENT

All I can say is that this bow is absolutely brilliant. It not only has the capability of transforming any violin's sound, but it will make the instrument extremely easy to play. Not to mention the price!! If you're looking to upgrade a bow that comes with a student violin outfit, you will be very satisfied with the Guy Laurent Workshop Pernambuco Bow.

$803.00

CodaBow Diamond GX Violin Bow 4/4 Size

REVIEWED ON: June 24, 2016

Very nice bow!

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reviewed by: Anonymous

A professional violin player/instructor and I tried 5qty Diamond GX bows back to back both on her instrument from late 1700s early 1800s and mine from 2015. One Diamond GX out five was stellar on both violins, and could do it all! The instructor commented the GX selected was so effortless, and similar if not better than her GX purchased years earlier. My point with this review is not go and buy a GX, just try lots of bows even if the same make and model and have a professional as backup to verify your choice. Happy bow hunting??!! :)

$109.00

Baroque Pernambuco Violin Bow - 4/4 size

REVIEWED ON: June 12, 2016

Nice bow!

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reviewed by: Anonymous

I recently purchased 2 of these bows. One has a nicely sanded frog, and the other is more rough with no sanding/rounding off of the cut edges. Both have good balance and weight and play well. I have enjoyed using them on my violin and viola. Affordable, nice sound and fun to use on those Bach and Vivaldi pieces. :)

$387.00

CodaBow Diamond NX Violin Bow 4/4 Size

REVIEWED ON: March 24, 2016

Great bow!

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reviewed by: Teacher, ASHLEY MOORE

I have a $1k pernambuco bow I use all the time. This bow was going to be my back up. I have been playing with the Diamond for a week and it feels and responds as good as or better than my pernambuco bow. The Coda bow gives to pressure but does not bottom out or swerve close to the top like my wooden bow does. I love the 10 year warranty. Great bow for the price!

$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.

$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.

$569.00

Klaus Becker Pernambuco Silver Mounted Violin Bow

REVIEWED ON: April 24, 2015

Great bow!

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reviewed by: Anonymous

This is a good bow with a lot of power. It's easy to control and has great dynamic range.

$387.00

CodaBow Diamond NX Violin Bow 4/4 Size

REVIEWED ON: May 04, 2014

great bow!

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reviewed by: Anonymous

It was totally worth it to buy this bow. At first I was worried that I would be buying not that good bow with high price. When I got it, I was super excited to use it right away and it made my tone quality much better and it sounds more full and its easy to hold the bow and stuff. I strongly recommend using this.

$89.00

Presto® Carbon Fiber Violin Bow

ITEM NUMBER: CPV120

Q. Horsehair or synthetic?

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ASKED BY: Anonymous

FROM: Pasadena, CA

ASKED ON: November 29, 2016

A. All Presto bows are made with real horsehair. Thanks for your question.

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$99.00

Presto® Spark Carbon Fiber Violin Bow

ITEM NUMBER: CPV125

Q. Wondering what is the weight of this bow?

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ASKED BY: CAROL RENFRO

FROM: FAIRBANKS, AK

ASKED ON: November 09, 2016

A. Hi Carol! Individual weights can vary but these bows weigh approximately 60 grams. Thanks!

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$45.50

Glasser Bronx Student Model Violin Bow

ITEM NUMBER: C202

Q. I am interested in the 1/10th model. Is it wood or carbon fiber? Are the frog and tip made smaller to fit a smaller hand, or is it just a shorter bow with a standard size tip and frog? Thank you.

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ASKED BY: BETH SCOTT

FROM: CHITTENANGO, NY

ASKED ON: November 03, 2016

A. Hi Beth! This bow is constructed of fiberglass and offers students a good alternative to wood bows, since it is more durable and will not warp. Fractional bows are shorter in total length and will have a proportionally smaller frog and tip. Thanks for your questions!

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$19.99

SHAR Frog Meister Demonstration Bow

ITEM NUMBER: TDB

Q. Hi, When will this bow be in stock again? Thanks, Julia

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ASKED BY: JULIA WEN

FROM: BARRINGTON, IL

ASKED ON: October 24, 2016

A. Hi Julia! For the most current stock information, please contact us at 1-800-248-7427. Thanks!

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$725.00

Marco Raposo Silver-Mounted Violin Bow

ITEM NUMBER: RV50

Q. What is the charge for violin bow in-home-trial to Hawaii? Does the fee gets credited if a purchase was made?

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ASKED BY: JAMES SIM

FROM: HONOLULU, HI

ASKED ON: June 23, 2016

A. Hi James, Thanks for your question. Depending on the speed of your shipment, the current rate to ship to Hawaii will be either $11 or $32. Unfortunately, this fee does not get credited, regardless if a purchase is made. This policy is only in place for Hawaii & Alaska. If you're in the lower 48 contiguous states and your order total is over $25 and you're opting for economy shipping, then the shipping is free. For more information, you may visit this page: http://www.sharmusic.com/Pages/Customer-Service/Shipping-Rates-and-Information/

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