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Baroque Violin Bow - Snakewood - 4/4 Size

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Baroque Violin Bow - Snakewood - 4/4 Size | BVB50S

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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 violin. Similar bows are available for viola and cello.


This Baroque-style Violin Bow Features:

- snakewood baroque shaft
- snakewood baroque frog
- top quality horsehair
- 27.5" overall length
- 22.75" 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: 04/25/2021

Is there a reason this bow cannot be shipped? Thank you!

SHAR Answer:

Hi Tanya, thank you for your question. This bow is currently on backorder. If you wanted to place an order we will ship it out as soon as we receive more.

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  • William Lyons
  • McDonough, GA

Asked On: 04/05/2021

What is the country of origin for this bow?

SHAR Answer:

Hi William, thank you for your question. These bows are made in China.

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Asked On: 01/19/2021

How much should I tighten this bow? How prominent should the outward camber be?

SHAR Answer:

Hi Alice, thank you for your question! The bow should be tightened to you preferences as a player. The hair should offer enough resistance to allow you to apply a strong amount of bow weight while at the same time being soft enough to allow you to approach pianissimo passages without the bow bouncing. Unfortunately the amount you will need to tighten the bow will be different for each player. If you have any further questions, please call one of our Sales and Service Specialists at 800.248.7427.

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Asked On: 09/22/2020

I would love to purchase a carbon fiber version of this bow. I cannot in good conscience purchase such a rare wood, but I want a bow that handles like a baroque bow for playing baroque music.

SHAR Answer:

Hi Lora, thank you for your question! Unfortunately, we do not currently carry a carbon fiber baroque bow. That is an excellent suggestion, however, that we will bring to our product development team.

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