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Baroque Viola Bow - Snakewood - Full Size

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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 viola. Similar bows are available for violin and cello.


This Baroque-style Viola Bow Features:

- snakewood baroque shaft
- snakewood baroque frog
- top quality horsehair
- 28.25" 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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Asked On: 03/10/2021

What is the weight of the viola baroque bow vs. the violin baroque bow?

SHAR Answer:

Hi Shawn, thank you for your question. The Baroque violin bows average about 56g while the Baroque viola bows average 62g.

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  • THORNHILL Ontario, AL

Asked On: 06/04/2018

When do anticipate the baroque violin bows will be available?

SHAR Answer:

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

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Asked On: 05/21/2018

When will these be back in stock?

SHAR Answer:

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

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Asked On: 04/25/2018

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

SHAR Answer:

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

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