Based on 18 Reviews
Reviewed On: 02/23/2021
I highly don't recommend this bow. My 6-year-old who has been playing for 3 years was upgraded in size to 1/8 at the beginning of the school year. We purchased a new outfit from Shar, including this new bow. Throughout this year, I have been extremely disappointed in its performance. The horse hairs seem to pop right out and none of them look like they hold same tension. (Before and after each practice, I would carefully tighten and loosen the bow according to his teachers specific instruction to preserve the bow.) The sound quality from this bow makes me wish I purchased a full outfit from somewhere else and probably will do next time. We've given up on it and are currently using the smaller bow from his last violin outfit (a Hoffman) that we had purchased from a local shop.
Yes | 9 people found this review helpful
Reviewed On: 10/14/2020
This is a decent bow for the low price, pretty well made. Good quality hair, tightens and loosens as it should, a bit lighter than some of the other bows we've tried. Any screeching comes from my son, as he is still learning to control the bow. On a good day, he sounds good with this bow!
Yes | 15 people found this review helpful
Reviewed On: 04/30/2020
I bought this bow for my daughter who has been playing for 3 yrs. I knew she would be transitioning into a 3/4 in the near future so I thought I could get this one in 1/2 size. We have worked on this bow trying to make it sound good. Its not a good bow. Not worth the money.
Hi Peggy, thanks for your feedback. We're sorry to hear you were not satisfied with this bow. Please contact us at [email protected] and we'll be happy to help find a better bow solution for your needs!
Yes | 23 people found this review helpful
Reviewed On: 04/25/2019
My son says, "Don't waste your money. This bow screeches every time you play a note." It worked as a temporary replacement, though.
Yes | 42 people found this review helpful
Reviewed On: 03/14/2019
This bow is a good quality bow at a good price.
Yes | 54 people found this review helpful
Reviewed On: 11/17/2018
After a little over a year, the bow hair that attaches to the tip plate fell apart, you get what you pay for.
Yes | 88 people found this review helpful
Reviewed On: 06/12/2018
We ordered this bow for my son in early December; in early June we opened his case to see the white plastic piece that attaches to the wood tip had come unattached. We are ordering it again, though. Just so cheap!
Hi Julie. I'm sorry that you've had trouble with your bow. We have a 1 year warranty on our products, so please feel free to get in contact with our customer service department at 800-248-7427 and explore your options further. Thanks!
Yes | 77 people found this review helpful
Reviewed On: 10/02/2017
I have a carbon fiber bow, but this bow has better balance and sound. Really like this bow.
Yes | 155 people found this review helpful
Reviewed On: 02/22/2017
I play professionally... classically and in an Irish Band... Classical bow is Pfretzschner bow which cost me about $1700... I love it... it is a quality bow that responds to the techniques needed to play in an orchestra, string quartets, etc. NOW... playing in a bar with a band is a different animal... I play plugged into a big sound system and the style of music that I play is... technically speaking... basic. SO, every 6 months I buy one of these bows for the bar gigs... at $30, I really don't care if one of my inebriated listeners accidentally breaks it. With this bow there are inconsistencies... like sometimes the stick is a little less firm so there is a wobble on the upper half of the bow... sometimes stick is more sturdy and that's not an issue. So buy this for a student... will last a while and you won't feel bad when the hair starts to fall out... just buy a new one and think about upgrading when the kid can play a Seitz concerto.
Yes | 247 people found this review helpful
Reviewed On: 11/14/2015
I bought this for my daughter last May over a year ago. I also bought a carbon fiber bow for $71. However, my daughter prefers the cheaper one. She only uses this bow for all her activities. I give a 4 star rating because I had to send it back twice due to the falling of the hair.
Yes | 584 people found this review helpful
Reviewed On: 06/26/2015
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.
Yes | 654 people found this review helpful
Reviewed On: 10/28/2014
I've been using one of these bows for 3 years. I sold my 5,000 Pierre Fuchs bow because I liked this one better. It sounds and plays great. I use it for professional work in Opera Colorado and other orchestras, for rock shows with my touring group Spinphony, and have won auditions with it. Highly recommended. Although you will have a grumpy bow rehair person when they have to dig all the glue out of the frog...
Yes | 862 people found this review helpful
Reviewed On: 10/09/2014
I have had to replace this same bow 3 times in the past year. Twice the wedge of the frog that flattens the horsehair came out, and once the plug that attaches the hair to the tip came out. Each time we only had it for a few months before something would fall apart. Shar is good about replacing them, but I'm definitely going to upgrade to something with better quality.
Yes | 846 people found this review helpful
Reviewed On: 08/21/2013
I purchased a 1/4 size violin for my daughter to begin with. I'm now buying it to replace a carbon fiber that came with her 1/2 size. Great price for a bow that I don't have any complaints with, especially for a beginner.
Yes | 698 people found this review helpful
Reviewed On: 07/17/2011
This is a good bow for beginners. I've had this bow for about 3 years now. It hasn't worn out and is still really good. Thinking about upgrading soon though.
Yes | 830 people found this review helpful
Reviewed On: 03/13/2011
I'm an adult beginner, who bought this bow about a year ago because the one that came with my low-end outfit was a bit warped. Although I've only been taking lessons and logging serious practice time for a short while now, I haven't yet encountered any mechanical problems with the screw, tip, etc. My skill level hasn't "outgrown" it yet, either (hopefully soon!). It's basically a decent, comfortable beginners bow. It's probably not for you if you're learning advanced bowing techniques, but for the basic stuff it seems like a step up from what comes with many outfit packages. Also, it's kinda hard to go wrong at this price point, since a brand new one is less than most places charge to re-hair an old one.
Yes | 1013 people found this review helpful
Reviewed On: 09/21/2010
We purchased this bow as part of the Amadeus outfit for Christmas is 2008. In the fall of 2009 the Tension Screw went out. Shar replaced the bow under warranty. Just a few weeks ago, the replacement bow came apart at the Tip. Shar told me that the bow was no longer under the 2008 warranty period. It seems to me that this bow will last about 1 year.
Yes | 947 people found this review helpful
Reviewed On: 04/21/2010
the new bow plays amazing it works better than my other bow i love it
Yes | 815 people found this review helpful
Asked On: 02/21/2020
Hello HIssael! This bow weighs on average about 69 grams, but it varies from bow to bow. Let us know if you have any other questions.
Yes | 28 people found this question helpful
Asked On: 12/20/2019
Hello Vivian! This and all of our 1/16 bows are about 17 inches long on average and weigh about 35 to 36 grams. Let us know if you have any other questions!
Yes | 28 people found this question helpful
Asked On: 10/06/2019
Yes, this bow is haired with real horse hair!
Yes | 26 people found this question helpful
Asked On: 01/16/2017
Hi Anna! For stock information on this item, please contact us directly at 1-800-248-7427. Thanks!
Yes | 408 people found this question helpful