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SHAR Fusion Violin Bow - $50Learn More
A. Schmidt Violin Bow - $59.99Learn More
PRESTO Carbon Fiber Violin Bow - $79Learn More
Meinel Pernambuco Violin Bow - $99Learn More
PRESTO Audition Violin Bow - $129Learn More
PRESTO Ovation Violin Bow - $289Learn More
Guy Laurent Workshop Violin Bow - $310Learn More
R.A. Meinel Two Star Violin Bow - $379Learn More
V.C. Jeandel Violin Bow - $439Learn More
CodaBow Luma Violin Bow - $545Learn More
PRESTO impulse Violin Bow - $599Learn More
Guy Laurent Three Star Violin Bow - $660Learn More
Marco Raposo Violin Bow - $725Learn More
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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.
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 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
"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.
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.
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).
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 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.
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).
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.
A Schmidt Brazilwood Violin BowREVIEWED ON: December 21, 2014
reviewed by: PHONG NGUYEN
I bought this one . I liked it a lot. Good sound. Enough weigh to keep balance to play. Thanks. :)
Meinel Pernambuco Violin BowREVIEWED ON: December 04, 2014
white tip broke of just after a 3 month of practice, plus it is too "jumpy"
reviewed by: ALENA BELYAKOV
The white tip peeled out just after a few month of practice; also it is way to jumpy (in the middle of the bow it s so hard to control it without jumpiness, affects sound) - I can't stand extreme jumpiness of this bow, and gave out to my daughter who started a full size violin this year. I love my daughter's persistence on learning how to master playing with this bow without it jumping too much - she worked so hard and so many hours, but she begs me for a bow that feels like her old one. I have an old bow which I played for 10 years from different country, and bought this one because my old one's frog is worn out. Wish me a good luck on finding a good responsive, controllable bow, thank you.
Klaus Becker® Pernambuco 3 Star Violin BowREVIEWED ON: December 03, 2014
3 Star Bow
reviewed by: M BAGDON
I bought this bow about a year ago and it is really great. After a while it just feels like an extension of your arm.
Imported Brazilwood Violin BowREVIEWED ON: October 28, 2014
reviewed by: Brett Omara
I've been using one of these bows for 3 years. I sold my 5,000 Pierre Fuchs bow because I liked this one better. It sounds and plays great. I use it for professional work in Opera Colorado and other orchestras, for rock shows with my touring group Spinphony, and have won auditions with it. Highly recommended. Although you will have a grumpy bow rehair person when they have to dig all the glue out of the frog...
Presto® Carbon Fiber Violin BowREVIEWED ON: October 24, 2014
reviewed by: LARRY STAFFORD
After reading the reviews on this bow, I bought one for a violin that I built for my niece. It got here in three days after the order was placed. That was one day ahead of schedule. Upon opening the package, I personally found the bow to be beautiful for the price. I don't play violin, I'm a guitar guy. but I took the bow and added a heavy coat of rosin then steel wooled the horse hairs to roughen them up so they would hold the rosin better. I then worked some more rosin into the hair. Then sent the bow along with the violin to my niece. my niece has been playing violin for about 40 years (she's not a kid), but didn't have a good violin to play on. After testing the violin and bow, she gave the presto 4/4 carbon fiber bow two thumbs up. She said that her old bow did not begin to compare to it. I can't give you more detail as I don't have the details. Do keep in mind this is right out of the box, so I'm giving the bow a five star rating.
Presto® Carbon Fiber Violin BowREVIEWED ON: October 24, 2014
Amazing bow has ability to do all of the bow attacks and techniques!
reviewed by: Teacher, KENNETH NIELSEN
Upon arrival of the Presto Carbon Fiber Violin Bow Black 4/4 Size, I immediately notice how it looked nice and very well finished and with a good appropriate weight and balance. As is recommended with any new bow, I rosined it up heavily after running a little sand paper over a new cake of rosin to rough up the new surface (I see others not understanding or knowing how to do this step.) Playability is nothing short of marvelous. I've owned bows costing over $3,000.00 and this bow is enough to embarrass the many bows which cost up in the hundreds and even thousands of dollars. The Presto Carbon Fiber Violin Bow Black 4/4 Size has the right bounce and action to do all of the over two dozen various bow attacks and techniques. To me, this bow is a real find and I congratulate the originators and manufacturer for producing a fine product. As the final test of quality I would rate the sound produced by the Presto Carbon Fiber Violin Bow Black 4/4 Size as bright and cheerful and able to swing into dark and moody tones at the whim of the player. This bow brings excellent 'voice' to my instrument and it is as an understatement that I say I am very pleased with it.
Imported Brazilwood Violin BowREVIEWED ON: October 09, 2014
reviewed by: JULIE CARPENTER
I have had to replace this same bow 3 times in the past year. Twice the wedge of the frog that flattens the horsehair came out, and once the plug that attaches the hair to the tip came out. Each time we only had it for a few months before something would fall apart. Shar is good about replacing them, but I'm definitely going to upgrade to something with better quality.
A Schmidt Brazilwood Violin BowREVIEWED ON: August 09, 2014
reviewed by: Anonymous
This bow came as part of the new outfit I bought for my son. He has been playing for 3 years and is ready for a better set. This bow has a very heavy sound and a very poor quality tone when trying to play piano (pianissimo is not possible with this bow). It is also poorly balanced and UTTERLY unforgiving. It is described as being a GOOD, FLEXIBLE bow well-suited to young players. It is NEITHER of these things. After 2 months trying to get used to it, we've officially declared it worthless and I will be replacing it immediately.If I could give it NO STARS, I would.
Presto® Encore Carbon Fiber Violin BowREVIEWED ON: June 28, 2014
A surprisingly good bow!
reviewed by: CATHERINE ROSE
I have played with this bow for two years now, and I really like it. It draws a good sound from my instrument, and is easy to handle. Over time, I have begun to use it more than my heavier, much more expensive wood bows. An added bonus for me is that I don't have to worry about using this bow for outdoor gigs.
Presto® Ovation Carbon Fiber Violin BowREVIEWED ON: June 28, 2014
Excellect Intermediate Bow
reviewed by: Anonymous
I got four bows through the in-home trial program (two wooden and two carbon fiber) and my teacher and I tried them out before deciding on this one. I am an intermediate player that really enjoys making music and wanted a versatile bow that was light enough to do different techniques with (that's why I went with the carbon fiber - they are lighter than wood) and made a nice, rich sound. I definitely found that in the Presto Ovation!