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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

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.

$25.99

Imported Brazilwood 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.

$549.00

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.

$189.00

Presto® Encore Carbon Fiber Violin Bow

REVIEWED ON: April 01, 2015

Great value!

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reviewed by: DAVID BUNCH

This bow is well balanced. The stick is perfectly straight. The hair is top quality. It didn't take much rosin to get the bow going. I usually have a time getting new hair to grab. The tone is great and I find that I never squeak like I do on other bows. This bow is as good as the Fleur Di Lis. The only problem I had was I had to rub pencil graphite on the threads to smooth out the screwing process.

$289.00

Meinel One Star Pernambuco Violin Bow

REVIEWED ON: March 29, 2015

Disspointed

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reviewed by: MARIE FOGLI

This bow is very tip heavy, therefore, unbalanced. Playing the lower portion of the bow is laborious - I do not recommend.

$59.99

A Schmidt™ Brazilwood Violin Bow

REVIEWED ON: February 21, 2015

1/32 bow

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reviewed by: Anonymous

I find this little bow to be well made and should certainly handle the needs of very young students. It is sturdy and adjusts easily. It is also very attractive and 'grown up' looking which appeals to many youngsters.

$59.99

A Schmidt™ Brazilwood Violin Bow

REVIEWED ON: December 21, 2014

Bow

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reviewed by: PHONG NGUYEN

I bought this one . I liked it a lot. Good sound. Enough weigh to keep balance to play. Thanks. :)

$99.00

Meinel Pernambuco Violin Bow

REVIEWED ON: December 04, 2014

white tip broke of just after a 3 month of practice, plus it is too "jumpy"

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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.