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Baroque Cello Bow - Snakewood - 4/4 Size

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Baroque Cello Bow - Snakewood - 4/4 Size | BCB50S

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SHAR Price: $209

Sale Price: $149

Item# BCB50S

Availability: In Stock

About This Item

Discover the Articulation That Only a Baroque Bow Can Achieve


At the suggestion of concert violinist Rachel Barton Pine, SHAR is pleased to offer players our new baroque bows. These are the same bows that are used by orchestras around the United States as part of Ms. Pine's program to bring baroque performance practices to modern symphony orchestras. The shaft and frog and made from snakewood, the traditional wood that has been used for centuries for such bows. Upon tightening, the camber (curve) of the bow is outward, which is the reverse of modern bows. Ms. Pine recommends that baroque bows require more tightening than modern bows, to bring out their desired characteristics, suggesting that they should be tightened just to the point of an outward camber. These major differences help produce the kind of "attack and release" in baroque-era music that is approached differently than in more modern performance practices.

Rachel Barton Pine, acknowledged as one of the world's expert performers and pedagogues of Bach's Sonatas and Partitas, is one of the very few artists that easily transitions from the baroque era to more modern music. Often playing baroque music on a violin with baroque setup, Ms. Pine also advocates for the use of a baroque bow even with a violin having modern setup, when playing baroque era music. The articulation and phrasing required in a more authentic baroque performance is much more easily attained with a baroque bow.

This bow is for cello. Similar bows are available for violin and viola.

Features/Specs

This Baroque-style Cello Bow Features:

- snakewood baroque shaft
- snakewood baroque frog
- top quality horsehair
- 28.5" overall length
- 23.25" of playable hair length

Warranty Info

1-Year Limited Warranty
This item comes with SHAR's 1 year warranty covering defects of workmanship or materials. General wear and tear or mis-use are not covered. Non-transferable.

30-Day No Hassle Return Policy
If you are not satisfied with this item for any reason, you may return it for a full refund within 30 days of purchase.

If you have any questions about this product's warranty or to make a return, please contact our Customer Service Department at 800.793.4334 or email us at [email protected]

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Customer Questions

Question by:

  • JO REYES
  • FAR HILLS, NJ

Asked On: 04/21/2019

Hi - Can these bows be re-haired when needed? A friend bought a baroque violin bow (carbon fiber) and it apparently can't be re-haired. Also, where are these bows made? thanks jo

SHAR Answer:

Hi Jo! Yes, this bow can be rehaired, though you'll want to check with your local luthier to see if they are comfortable working on Baroque bows. Alternatively, we are able to rehair these bows in our repair shop. Feel free to contact us at 1-734-786-4411 if you are interested. To answer your second question, this bow is manufactured in China. Please let us know if you have additional questions.

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Question by:

  • BRIAN GRIMM
  • MADISON, WI

Asked On: 09/18/2018

What is the weight (range) in grams of this bow?

SHAR Answer:

Hello Brian! The weight range for this bow is between 65 and 68 grams. Let us know if you have any other questions!

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Question by:

  • MATTHEW SCHNEIDER
  • COMMERCE, TX

Asked On: 06/23/2018

Why do these supposedly baroque bows apparently have a camber?

SHAR Answer:

Hello Matthew! When tightened to play, the stick curves outward to create that baroque bow shape. I hope this is helpful!

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