McFiddles!






1626 George Washington Boulevard 
Wichita, Kansas 67211

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 Bows

We carry many different bows, and it's important to match a player's ability with the right type. Here's a primer on bows, grouped mainly by the material of the stick. All bows will have real horsehair.

Fiberglass bows

1. These are very basic sticks that function well and are so inexpensive that replacement, rather than rehair, is actually cheaper. Ours may be the "Glasser" student bows or the Eastman "Holtz" brands that sell for around $40 for violin bows.

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 $100 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 $100 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. In general, beautifully finished sticks with various mounts on the frogs. The CodaBow company dominates this segment, and they'll start in the upper $300 range for the Diamond NX (violin) in our shop. Silver mounted versions will be in the $700 range.

 

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.