Shop By Instrument

Prev Next
Parent and Beginner FAQs

FAQs from Parents & Beginners

You asked, we answered. Read the FAQs from parents and beginning players.

In Home Trials

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.

Pernambuco vs. Carbon Fiber

Pernambuco vs. Carbon Fiber

We explore the differences between pernambuco and carbon fiber bows.

SHAR Fusion Carbon Composite Viola Bow

Instrument: Viola
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."

PRESTO® Impulse Carbon Fiber Viola Bow

Instrument: Viola
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 violist 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® Impluse endorsement.

R. A. Meinel Pernambuco Viola Bow - 4/4 (17" - 14") size

Instrument: Viola
Level: Intermediate

Flexible to moderately-flexible pernambuco stick medium weight. Nickel-mounted ebony frog with Parisian eye and three part button: Plasti whalebone or wire grip.

CodaBow Diamond NX Viola Bow

Instrument: Viola
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

Presto® Audition Carbon Fiber Viola Bow

Instrument: Viola
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.

Nickel mounted, open weave back carbon-fiber finish.

Meinel Pernambuco Viola Bow - 4/4 (17"-14") Size

Instrument: Viola
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. Full size bow accomodates a full size (15 -17 ) viola.

R. A. Meinel Pernambuco Viola Bow - 4/4 (17" - 14") size

Instrument: Viola
Level: Intermediate

Flexible to moderately-flexible pernambuco stick medium weight. Nickel-mounted ebony frog with Parisian eye and three part button: Plasti whalebone or wire grip.

CodaBow Prodigy Viola Bow 4/4 Size

Instrument: Viola
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

Presto® Ovation Viola Bow Black 4/4 Size

Instrument: Viola
Level: Intermediate

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.

Guy Laurent® Workshop Viola Bow Round

Instrument: Viola
Level: Intermediate

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.

Meinel Pernambuco Viola Bow - 4/4 (17"-14") Size

Instrument: Viola
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. Full size bow accomodates a full size (15 -17 ) viola.

Marco Raposo Silver-Mounted Viola Bow

Instrument: Viola
Level: Advanced

SHAR is proud to be the sole distributor of the Model 50 silver mounted bows from Marco Raposo. After extensive testing of the bows from the leading bow makers in Brazil, we have selected those from Marco Raposo as our choice. Only the highest quality of bows, in both Pernambuco selection and playing characteristics, are chosen to be a Model 50 bow. This particular model is designed for the advancing student. 4/4 size.

Stunning silver fittings and faux tortoise shell frog on this impressive bow! Firm stick is at home with the Dvorak Concerto as well as with Bach's Suite No.1. This bow will help take any serious student or amateur to the next level of playing.

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.

SHAR Fusion Carbon Composite Viola Bow

Instrument: Viola
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."

Schmidt Workshop Viola Bow

Instrument: Viola
Level: Beginning

Economical brazilwood bows best suited to beginning players. Half-lined ebony frog, leather thumb grip, three-part button, wire winding.

Presto® Carbon Fiber Viola Bow

Instrument: Viola
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).

V. C. Jeandel Pernambuco Viola Bow - 4/4 (17" - 14") size

Instrument: Viola
Level: Intermediate

Beautifully finished French-made bows. Quick-responding, medium-firm to strong, round stick. Nickel-mounted ebony frog.

$55.00

SHAR Fusion Carbon Composite Viola Bow

REVIEWED ON: March 28, 2018

Update to Previous Review

Read All Reviews (3)

reviewed by: Student, Anonymous

As an update to the above review regarding the longevity of the bow: When the cork continued to stick out of the frog and I could no longer play effectively, I called Shar. I was immediately assisted by their excellent customer service team, and within an hour an order was placed for a complimentary replacement bow. I received my bow promptly, and was able to return my defective bow. They made this experience as easy and pleasant as possible.

$55.00

SHAR Fusion Carbon Composite Viola Bow

REVIEWED ON: March 23, 2018

Pretty good student bow

Read All Reviews (3)

reviewed by: Teacher, Anonymous

I got one of these bows to replace my son's wood viola bow a couple of years ago. As students come into my studio, I find that the easiest and most effective instrument upgrade to sell them on is a bow that costs less than a bow rehair. After several years, the bow is still very good. My son has moved on to a Coda bow, but the Shar fusion is a great spare bow for whenever we have to rehair the Coda bow.

$55.00

SHAR Fusion Carbon Composite Viola Bow

REVIEWED ON: February 24, 2018

Was great...for a few months

Read All Reviews (3)

reviewed by: Student, Anonymous

I was initially very pleased with this bow (it came quickly, and I felt that I had gotten a good deal when my regular bow needed to be re-haired), however after less than a year's worth of use, I have been frustrated by the little wooden piece on the frog coming out (see photo). This has made the bow very difficult to tighten, and while I am able to push it back in to some extent, there is clearly still a problem. I only use this bow ~1 time per week, and I have kept it in a humidity-controlled case, loosening after each use. The bow is still useable for the moment, but I am worried that it will not be for much longer. Yes, this is a low cost bow and was useful as a temporary replacement, but I did have higher hopes for the longevity of the bow, especially since it was well cared for.

$330.00

Presto® Ovation Viola Bow Black 4/4 Size

REVIEWED ON: February 07, 2018

Love it

Read All Reviews (2)

reviewed by: Student, Anonymous

I love this bow! It was a step up from my beginner’s bow that came with my viola. It’s very comfortable for me to play with. My teacher liked it.

$825.00

Guy Laurent COLLECTORS SERIES Vuillaume Viola Bow

REVIEWED ON: February 03, 2018

Best bow under $1500

Read All Reviews (1)

reviewed by: Teacher, SHAWN BOUCKE

I have been in a hunt for a new viola bow and decided to stop by Shar Music in Ann Arbor (Amazing staff and very helpful). I wanted to try out pretty much every one they had in stock. Without knowing the price of any of them this one stood out. It drew a rich sound and it was extremely controllable. From double stops to fast spiccato this bow handled it. Of every bow even into the 2k dollar range this one stood out and is the one I would highly recommend for the advancing or even professional player.

$149.00

Presto® Audition Carbon Fiber Viola Bow

REVIEWED ON: December 28, 2016

Corbon fiber bow

Read All Reviews (4)

reviewed by: Parent, JEKATERINA CHOUMIATSKY

Very nice quality for the price, good sound production.

$539.00

W. Seifert Pernambuco Viola Bow - 4/4 (17" - 14") size - Octagonal Stick

REVIEWED ON: March 05, 2016

Fairly good

Read All Reviews (1)

reviewed by: Anonymous

I have had this bow for 6 months now, and can say is fairly good. It matches my instrument very well, and two friends tried it on their own instruments and they sounded better with this bow than with their bows. The only complaint I have is near the frog something happens that makes a noise. I mean, playing down bow is hard not to produce that noise.

$428.00

CodaBow Diamond NX Viola Bow

REVIEWED ON: July 29, 2014

Better than I imagined

Read All Reviews (2)

reviewed by: ELIZABETH BUSTAMANTE

This bow is so agile and responsive that my playing has noticeably improved in just a few months. After being away from all things string for 40 years (!) I picked up a viola again. There were no such things as carbon fiber bows back in the day, so this has been a high-tech dream for me. At my level of playing (geezer redux), the NX suits me just fine and I can't really envision needing to move on up. Heartily recommended for just about anyone who is not quite a virtuoso!

$690.00

Guy Laurent® Pernambuco 3 Star Viola Bow - 4/4 size - Silver Mounted

REVIEWED ON: April 13, 2014

Wonderful bow!!! *****

Read All Reviews (1)

reviewed by: Anonymous

I purchased this bow about 2 months ago. I wanted to wait before I reviewed it. The bow not only produces the most beautiful tone from my viola, but it is beautiful to look at! I have fooled a few people already with the faux-shell frog! No complaints thus far and I don't foresee any.

$149.00

Presto® Audition Carbon Fiber Viola Bow

REVIEWED ON: December 10, 2012

Great Bow!

Read All Reviews (4)

reviewed by: SANDRA KEAR

This is a great bow for the price! It's very nicely balanced and produces a good tone. I am very pleased with mine.

$99.00

Viola Da Gamba Bow

ITEM NUMBER: VDGB50P

Q. What is the hair material on this bow? What is the shape of the stick --convex like an archery bow or concave like modern bows (under tension, does the middle of the stick bow towards or away from the hair)? Is the frog clip-in or screw-adjustment? Is there anything specific that suits it to being a "viola da gamba" bow, such as it being a copy of a historic style or design?

Read All Questions (2)

ASKED BY: Will Wilkin

FROM: Oxford, CT

ASKED ON: June 07, 2018

A. Hello Will! These are roughly based on a 1740 Swanbill bow stick that produces an outward camber under tension. It features a baroque era frog with no slide or ferrule. It’s an octagonal stick, with practical weight, length, and hair for Viola da Gamba playing. The hair is natural horse hair. I hope this helps!

7 people found this review helpful.

Was this question helpful? Yes

$149.00

Baroque Viola Bow - Snakewood - 4/4 Size

ITEM NUMBER: BAB50S

Q. When do anticipate the baroque violin bows will be available?

Read All Questions (3)

ASKED BY: WENDY SERAVALLE-SMITH

FROM: THORNHILL Ontario, AL

ASKED ON: June 04, 2018

A. Hello Wendy! For up to date stock information, please contact us at 800-248-7427. Thanks!

19 people found this review helpful.

Was this question helpful? Yes

$149.00

Baroque Viola Bow - Snakewood - 4/4 Size

ITEM NUMBER: BAB50S

Q. When will these be back in stock?

Read All Questions (3)

ASKED BY: PETER TACY

FROM: MYSTIC, CT

ASKED ON: May 21, 2018

A. Hi Peter! For stock information, please contact us at 1-800-248-7427 or via email at [email protected]

28 people found this review helpful.

Was this question helpful? Yes

$149.00

Baroque Viola Bow - Snakewood - 4/4 Size

ITEM NUMBER: BAB50S

Q. Hello, Is it possible to have a trial of this bow before I purchase it? Thank you, Luciana Arraes

Read All Questions (3)

ASKED BY: LUCIANA ARRAES

FROM: NEW HARTFORD, CT

ASKED ON: April 25, 2018

A. Hi Luciana! For more information on trials, please contact us directly at 1-800-248-7427.

34 people found this review helpful.

Was this question helpful? Yes

$825.00

Marco Raposo Silver-Mounted Viola Bow

ITEM NUMBER: RA50

Q. The Marco Raposo Silver-Mounted Viola Bow. Does it matter what size viola I have? I have a 16 1/2 inch viola. I own a Marco Raposo violin bow, and would like to get the same bow for my viola.

Read All Questions (1)

ASKED BY: THOMAS SEARS

FROM: MARIETTA, OH

ASKED ON: February 03, 2018

A. Hi Thomas! This bow will work great with your 16.5" viola. If you have any specific questions about this bow, please feel free to contact our bow specialists at 1-866-742-7270.

71 people found this review helpful.

Was this question helpful? Yes

$270.68

Presto Encore Viola Bow with Snakewood Frog

ITEM NUMBER: CPA136X S 44

Q. Is there any chance that there is one of these lying around that someone returned? I have a Presto Encore for my violin and LOVE it. I'm now in the market for a viola bow and actually like how my violin Encore responds on my viola, but just need a bit more weight than the violin bow offers. I was hoping to try one of these but I see it's out of stock.

Read All Questions (1)

ASKED BY: MEGHAN LAPOINT

FROM: OSHKOSH, WI

ASKED ON: December 11, 2017

A. Hi Meghan! Please give us a call at 1-800-248-7427 and we can take a look at inventory for you. Thanks

89 people found this review helpful.

Was this question helpful? Yes

$109.00

Presto® Spark Carbon Fiber Viola Bow

ITEM NUMBER: CPA125

Q. what is the weight of this bow?

Read All Questions (3)

ASKED BY: CHRISTOPHER EASH

FROM: YOUNGSTOWN, OH

ASKED ON: December 07, 2017

A. The weight of this bow varies slightly between 68-74 grams. Thanks for your question!

105 people found this review helpful.

Was this question helpful? Yes

$109.00

Meinel Pernambuco Viola Bow - 4/4 (17"-14") Size

ITEM NUMBER: VOB55 44

Q. Is the frog fully lined or half-lined/half-mounted?

Read All Questions (2)

ASKED BY: RICHARD MCCANN

FROM: DECATUR, AL

ASKED ON: October 04, 2017

A. The frog on this bow is fully lined. Please let us know if you have any other questions.

141 people found this review helpful.

Was this question helpful? Yes

$149.00

Presto® Audition Carbon Fiber Viola Bow

ITEM NUMBER: CPA126 X 44

Q. Would you recommend this to an intermediate student?

Read All Questions (1)

ASKED BY: Anonymous

FROM: SCOTTSDALE, AZ

ASKED ON: September 05, 2017

A. The Presto Audition is a great choice for an intermediate player! Your student should notice enhanced tracking and refined tonal control when upgrading from a beginner bow to the Audition. It's a great choice for any advancing student! Please feel free to contact us directly at 1-800-248-7427 if you have any additional questions or would like to speak to one of our bow specialists.

167 people found this review helpful.

Was this question helpful? Yes

$2,200.00

Daniela Finkel Pernambuco Viola Bow

ITEM NUMBER: FB190V

Q. What is the weight of this bow?

Read All Questions (1)

ASKED BY: Anonymous

FROM: Saint Louis, MO

ASKED ON: May 22, 2017

A. For more information on this bow, please contact our bow specialists at 1-800-742-7270 and we would be happy to help!

250 people found this review helpful.

Was this question helpful? Yes