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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.

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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.


R. A. Meinel Pernambuco Violin Bow

REVIEWED ON: April 18, 2014

excellent bow

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reviewed by: Anonymous

This bow has great flexibility and produces a smooth sound. I recommend this bow to all my intermediate level students. It pairs well with the Carlo Lamberti violins.


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

REVIEWED ON: March 20, 2014

Very good

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reviewed by: Anonymous

I purchased this bow after an in home trial 2-3 years ago. I was ready for something better than a beginner bow. This might have been a bigger step than i needed at the time, but it has worked out to be a great fit and I've not been disappointed.


CodaBow Joule Violin Bow 4/4 Size

REVIEWED ON: March 11, 2014

love it!

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reviewed by: ANNETTE SCHERR

i didn't know much about bows when i bought this one. i have only been playing violin for about 6 months. that being said, i took my never tried bow still in the package with me to my lesson today. my teacher tried it before me while i held my breath. she loved it. and believe me, she is very particular! next, i tried it. i can't believe the difference in sound even on my cheap old violin. no more scratching and screeching. i can stand to hear myself play! i hesitated when i made this choice over the other less expensive carbon fiber bows. what sold me was a review i read. the reviewer was an experienced violinist vs a student like myself. so i took a chance and now i must admit, i love it. to be fair, i have not tried the other coda bows so i can't compare. HOWEVER i don't intend to send it back.


Presto® Ovation Carbon Fiber Violin Bow

REVIEWED ON: January 23, 2014

Presto Ovation Carbon Fiber Violin & Viola Bow

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reviewed by: Anonymous

I am an adult amateur string player. I own Presto Ovation carbon fiber bows for both violin and viola. I use the Presto Ovation bows as theater orchestra pit backups for my good bows. The Ovations are strong, well balanced and have excellent playability. Most importantly, they are much more durable than pernambuco bows. If you play in theater orchestra pits, or high school orchestra, it is tough to find this quality of performance and durability for this amount of money. It is my personal opinion that the Presto Ovation may well be the best bow to buy for a violin or viola student who is making the transition from a three-quarter size to a full size instrument. Students who are physically large enough for a full size instrument already have the fine motor skills to handle a high quality bow. Saddling those students with a lower quality bow is just going to slow down their bow-handling learning process! My recommendation would especially apply to life-long piano students who decide to take up the viola in the eighth or ninth grade, so they can play in high school and college orchestras. I know several adult violists who started out as pianists!


R. A. Meinel Pernambuco Violin Bow

REVIEWED ON: January 15, 2014


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I did a bow trial a few summers ago when Shar did a free one-month bow trial. Of the four I tried, this one was the best. I was playing Mendelssohn's Hebrides Overture at the time and it was perfect for the 16ths and string-crossing sections. This bow is very versatile and a steal at it's current price. A must have.


Guy Laurent Pernambuco® 3 Star Violin Bow - 4/4 size - Faux Tortoise Stick - Silver Mounted

REVIEWED ON: December 10, 2013

Pass this one by

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reviewed by: Jason Snider

I've bought this bow on 4-2010. In 4-2011 the tip broke on a downbow. I was granted a replacement. On 12-2013 the EXACT same thing happened again. Downbow on the pah-pah section of the 2nd violin part of Sleigh Ride! I am again getting a replacement but from a different maker. I have come to find out that I am not the only one this has happened to with the Guy Laurent bow. There is a defect in this bow. Pass on it. This review is just against the maker not the seller. Mike has worked with much understanding and cooperation. Don't let this review change your opinion of SHAR, just this bow.


Presto® Carbon Fiber Violin Bow

REVIEWED ON: November 30, 2013

I can't believe it.

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reviewed by: JOH SEAY

This is a great bow. I am so pleased and can't believe how nice this Presto bow plays. It better than my $15,0o dollar bow. I just took a chance bought it on sale and I'm glad I did. It's now my new favorite. Than you Sr for the fast shipping. I didn't think it would arrive until next week, but arrived on Saturday. Amazing.


CodaBow Prodigy Violin Bow 4/4 Size

REVIEWED ON: November 08, 2013

Not a Good Bow for Some

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reviewed by: ANNA MISKO

I tried this bow as one of four using Shar's in home trial program. Although a fine bow that may work well for some people, when my teacher and I tried it it didn't bring out the same rich sound as some of the other bows I tried. The balance/control was okay, but again not the best. Probably a good intermediate student bow, but I don't recommend it for more advanced or serious players who want a good, rich sound or are doing off-the-string techniques.


Meinel One Star Pernambuco Violin Bow

REVIEWED ON: November 08, 2013

Favorite of Two Pernambuco Bows

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reviewed by: Anonymous

I tried this bow along with three others (one other pernambuco and two carbon fiber) using Shar's in home trial program. I preferred it above the other wood bow and even above one of the carbon fiber bows. However, it didn't feel quite as natural in my hand and although the balance/control was pretty good, it wasn't perfect. Still, it is a fine bow!