JPB MUSIC
BOWS FOR ALL INSTRUMENTS
violin bows
cello bows
FOREWORD TO BOW SECTION


Although we have always felt that to have a separate Bow Section could be counter-productive, we have been encouraged to present a list of bows generally stocked.

These lists are strictly indicative of the stock, and please, we cannot guarantee that we will always have them all in stock. What we have always suggested, is that if you are wanting to purchase a Bow, firstly try to come and visit us, and try out as many as you like, but if that is not an option, we can always post out bows. You will need to advise us of your price range, and any specific requirements (eg round or octagonal stick), and we will select FOUR and send them for your approval for a period of 10 days.

There is NO OBLIGATION TO PURCHASE, NOR DO WE CHARGE FOR THE SERVICE.

We have of course included a guide to assist you in selecting your bow price range. This really is only for information, and to enable you to budget, you might find that the bow that works for you is much less expensive than you expected. Always be prepared to be surprised!

We also undertake a Bow Repair and Rehair service is offered, please apply for prices.
CHOOSING THE RIGHT BOW.

Most teachers and retailers agree that the best way to match the performance of a bow to your instrument, is to purchase a bow between 1/3 to 1/4 of the value of the instrument. This is by no means fully comprehensive, as you may wish to consider upgrading your bow beyond the instruments capabilities in order to prepare for an instrument upgrade later. The Table below will give an indication of achievable grade with the various bow price ranges.


Carbon Fibre Bows seem to have reached the pinnacle of their design phase, menaing that Bows from all manufacturers are not being upgraded with new models every few months. This does mean that they now represent a serious alternative to Pernambuco, in that they will not become obsolete, and thus lose value in the same way that they did in the past. We are not holding huge stocks of Carbon Fibre bows, to ensure that we always do have the latest models, and as supply has greatly improved, this does not seem to be presenting a problem.

PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A ROUGH GUIDE. CHOOSING THE CORRECT BOW FOR YOU IS A PERSONAL PROCESS, BEST ACHIEVED BY VISITING US TO TRY THEM! THE ATTACHED BOW LIST IS REPRESENTATIVE OF THE GENERAL STOCK AVAILABLITY, WE ARE UNABLE TO GUARANTEE THAT A SPECIFIC BOW WILL BE AVAILABLE AT A PARTICULAR TIME, ALSO THE TOP END CARBON FIBRE BOWS TEND TO BE BY SPECIAL ORDER.
VIOLIN BOWS VIOLA BOWS CELLO BOWS DOUBLE BASS BOWS BOW QUALITY (over-lapping occurs) GRADE ACHIEVABLE
£19- £23 £23- £35 £30- £45 £45 - £70 Basic Brazilwood Stick, Ebony Frog Grades 1 - 2
£23 - £70 £35 - £85 £30 - £110 £70 - £150 Better Brazilwood Stick, Ebony Frog Grades 2 -4
£80- £160 £90 - £180 £90 - £200 £200 - £800 Pernambuco stick, Nickel Mounted Ebony Frog Grades 4 - 7
£150- £350 £170 - £400 £190 - £500 £500 - £1000 Pernambuco stick, Silver Mounted Ebony Frog Grades 5 - 8
£400 - £1500 £450 - £1700 £500 - £1900 £800 - £2000 Selected Pernambuco stick, Silver Mounted Ebony Frog Music College & Serious Amateur
£1500 - £5000 £1700 - £6000 £1900 - £7000 £2000 - £8000 Selected Pernambuco stick, Silver or Gold Mounted Ebony Frog Professional Standard Player
£5000 & UP £5000 & UP £5000 & UP £5000 & UP Fine Old Master Bows Seriously Wealthy Player
WE OPERATE A FREE BOW TRIAL SERVICE. THEREFORE PLEASE TRY OUR APPROVAL SERVICE, SHOULD YOU BE UNABLE TO VISIT.
PLEASE ENQUIRE FOR DETAILS, CERTAIN SIMPLE CONDITIONS DO APPLY

REGRETTABLY THE PRICES SHOWN WILL BE SUBJECT TO EXCHANGE RATE FLUCTUATIONS, AND IT MAY BE THAT 2 BOWS OF THE SAME TYPE MAY HAVE DIFFERING PRICES AS THEY ARE PRICED BASED UPON THE EXCHANGE RATE ON THE DAY OF PURCHASE

ARCUS BOW TYPES S=LIGHT, STRONG, BRIGHT; M=FLEXIBLE, HEAVY, RICH SOUND; P=STRONG, HEAVIER, BALANCED SOUND FOR FULL DETAILS OF ARCUS CHARACTERISTICS PLEASE APPLY FOR BROCHURE OR CLICK ON LINK PLEASE TRY OUR BOW APPROVAL SERVICE, SHOULD YOU BE UNABLE TO VISIT, PLEASE ENQUIRE FOR DETAILS
Bow Accessories
Dalco cushions
Suregrip Bow Cushions
We are now stocking the Suregrip Bow Cushions, see RIGHT, which are a pretty good replacement for the Dalco Cushions, now sadly no longer made. They come in a pack, with 2 cushions, for Violin/Viola and Cello bows. Priced at £6.50, they are actually cheaper than the Dalco's they replace.
We also stock a Bow comfort tube (rubber) for VIOLIN/VIOLA priced at only 96p, and a Bow Thumbgrip at £3.82.

Supersensitive BowMaster This is a teaching aid to assist beginners in developing the proper bow grip. Made of rubber that slides onto the bow. Manufactured to fit different size hands. Available in: Large (designed for 3/4" and 4/4" instruments), Medium (designed for 1/4" and 1/2" instruments) Small (designed for 1/16" and 1/8" size bows instruments) £7.50


Hank of Bow Hair, best white................ Vln/Vla £11.50 ..............Bass/Cello £16.19

THE BOWZO® bowing aid for Violins & small Violas (up to 14")
BowzoJPB Price: £10.90
How often have you wished that there was an effective device to assist in the correct bowing technique? Well look no further the BOWZO® has arrived, and we at JPB are pleased to be major stockists. This unique device has to be invaluable for Schools and Teachers alike as well as players experiencing problems with their bowing technique.

It is a slotted plastic tubular device that clips easily onto the bridge/fingerboard and guides the bow at 90 ° to the strings. Careful practice with the Bowzo trains violinists to see and feel straight bowing. Repeated use teaches muscle memory which remains once the Bowzo is removed.
Ideal for
  • Warm up before lesson
  • Use in the middle of practice sessions
  • Practising scales with a long bow
  • From ¼ to Full Size Violin and Small Sized (14") Violas
The Bowzo springs open and easily clips on to the bridge and fingerboard of the violin. Once attached, you place the bow inside the slot of the Bowzo and carefully practice your bowing technique The arrangement gives the user a visual frame of reference to see when they are bowing straight. It's a great way for users to experience what it feels like to bow straight.
What it does:
  • A temporary practice aid which provides visual feedback to the user when they are bowing straight
  • Allows free bowing movement within a straight path
  • Allows the user to see the fingerboard
  • When bowing correctly and straight the bow does not touch the Bowzo apart from a light brushing on one side or the other. Used sensibly, it will not damage violin or bow.
What it doesn't do:
  • The Bowzo is not designed for continuous use or for use during concerts but as an aid to sensible learning and practice.
  • The Bowzo is not designed for development of the left hand.
  • There is slight muting during practice with the Bowzo attached. However, players will achieve a better tone once a better bowing action is developed and the Bowzo is removed.
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