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BOWS

We encourage customers to try as many alternatives as possible, within their given budget. Clearly, teachers lean toward pernambuco wood bows because that may be all that they and their own teachers were familiar with. But times change, and the CodaBows offer a long term solution in carbon graphite form. The best wood bows routinely purchased here are the Brazilian-made pernambuco wood bows, with nickel mounts. They “list” for $480 to $520 from various suppliers, but we try to be competitive and sell these for $379. The corresponding bow from Coda is the Diamond NX which now sells for $387. (2019) All that we ask is that you compare a carbon bow - and may the best bow prevail. On the right you’ll see an overview of the bows that we sell, and some price points for consideration.
Fiberglass bows 1. These are very basic sticks that function well and are so inexpensive that replacement, rather than rehair, is actually cheaper. Ours are the Chinese student brands that sell for around $40 (for violin bows…viola and cello, a little more.) Carbon graphite bows (Chinese) 2. Carbon graphite bows are very strong, well balanced, and very versatile. We try to ignore the very cheapest of these because they still suffer from head breakage problems, but for around $80 the more cleanly made ones from China are extremely useful. They're available in plain (straight fibers in the resin) at $79 or woven (tubular weave in the resin) styles; the woven tend to be around $109 for violin. Middle and high school students often prefer them to pernambuco bows. Viola, cello and bass examples are available for proportionally more.   CodaBows (American made, carbon graphite) 3. American-produced carbon graphite bows have a category of their own. They feature beautifully finished sticks with various mounts on the frogs. The CodaBow company dominates this segment, and after 40 years in the trade, I believe that the NX bows are equal or better than their relatively-priced pernambuco wood counterparts. Honestly, a CodaBow should be included in your search for the most appropriate bow anyway. We try to give on approval 2-3 nice pernambuco wood bows and one CodaBow for comparison. Here are the prices (March 2019) of the most popular bows sold here. For a full list of their range, do explore their website at www.codabow.com CodaBow Diamond NX Violin: $387.00 Viola: $428.00 Cello: $468.00 CodaBow Diamond GX Violin: $803.00 Viola: $884.00 Cello: $965.00   Marquise GS: Violin, $1,295.00   BASS MODELS Infinity (French or German styles) $946.00 Revelation (French or German styles) $680.00   Pernambuco wood bows 4. Pernambuco wood bows used to be the standard of the industry, but these days tend to only dominate the $400- plus range. This wood is from Northeast Brazil and has an uncanny ability to be bent under dry heat and maintain the new shape for years if not decades. Ours are from various Brazilian makers, and starting prices are around $380 for a nice quality nickel-mounted version. The silver mounted ones are about $700 and up, and the gold are now over $2,000. Older European bows are periodically available, generally with sterling silver mounts, and start around $850.
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© McHugh Violins 2020
Bows We encourage customers to try as many alternatives as possible, within their given budget. Clearly, teachers lean toward pernambuco wood bows because that may be all that they and their own teachers were familiar with. But times change, and the CodaBows offer a long term solution in carbon graphite form. The best wood bows routinely purchased here are the Brazilian-made pernambuco wood bows, with nickel mounts. They “list” for $480 to $520 from various suppliers, but we try to be competitive and sell these for $379. The corresponding bow from Coda is the Diamond NX which now sells for $387. (2019) All that we ask is that you compare a carbon bow - and may the best bow prevail. Fiberglass bows 1. These are very basic sticks that function well and are so inexpensive that replacement, rather than rehair, is actually cheaper. Ours are the Chinese student brands that sell for around $40 (for violin bows…viola and cello, a little more.) Carbon graphite bows (Chinese) 2. Carbon graphite bows are very strong, well balanced, and very versatile. We try to ignore the very cheapest of these because they still suffer from head breakage problems, but for around $80 the more cleanly made ones from China are extremely useful. They're available in plain (straight fibers in the resin) at $79 or woven (tubular weave in the resin) styles; the woven tend to be around $109 for violin. Middle and high school students often prefer them to pernambuco bows. Viola, cello and bass examples are available for proportionally more.   CodaBows (American made, carbon graphite) 3. American-produced carbon graphite bows have a category of their own. They feature beautifully finished sticks with various mounts on the frogs. The CodaBow company dominates this segment, and after 40 years in the trade, I believe that the NX bows are equal or better than their relatively-priced pernambuco wood counterparts. Honestly, a CodaBow should be included in your search for the most appropriate bow anyway. We try to give on approval 2-3 nice pernambuco wood bows and one CodaBow for comparison. Here are the prices (March 2019) of the most popular bows sold here. For a full list of their range, do explore their website at www.codabow.com CodaBow Diamond NX Violin: $387.00 Viola: $428.00 Cello: $468.00 CodaBow Diamond GX Violin: $803.00 Viola: $884.00 Cello: $965.00   Marquise GS: Violin, $1,295.00   BASS MODELS Infinity (French or German styles) $946.00 Revelation (French or German styles) $680.00   Pernambuco wood bows 4. Pernambuco wood bows used to be the standard of the industry, but these days tend to only dominate the $400-plus range. This wood is from Northeast Brazil and has an uncanny ability to be bent under dry heat and maintain the new shape for years if not decades. Ours are from various Brazilian makers, and starting prices are around $380 for a nice quality nickel-mounted version. The silver mounted ones are about $700 and up, and the gold are now over $2,000. Older European bows are periodically available, generally with sterling silver mounts, and start around $850.
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