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 send out the bows in specific bow boxes by Royal Mail Special Delivery
(Special 12), and this is how they must be returned. You are responsible for
their safe keeping whilst in your charge. Whilst we do not charge for the
service, for our own security, our Insurers insist that you supply a valid Card
Number, and of course you must have a UK postal address for us to send it to.
Whilst we can of course send to work addresses, we must have your home address
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!
Bows supplied on an Approval are strictly supplied for the purpose of selecting
a new bow. We do not offer to loan bows, except under special circumstances, at
We are currently not stocking Master Maker bows, as they need to be kept in a
controlled environment, and we are unconvinced of the value of a move in this
direction. Before moving to the next stage of reviewing the synopsis of our bow
stock, please review the section `Choosing the Right Bow'.
To Compliment our Instrument Repair and Valuation service, we also undertake a
Bow Repair and Rehair service is offered, please apply for prices.
Please note that Instrument and bow repairs are, in the main undertaken by our
Luthiers in their fully equipped workshops at home. This enables us to offer a
comprehensive service, at a much lower price than if we had an `in house'
|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.
PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A ROUGH GUIDE, CHOOSING THE CORRECT BOW FOR YOU IS A
PERSONAL PROCESS, BEST ACHIEVED BY VISITING US, AND TRYING THEM OUT!
|| VIOLA BOWS
|| CELLO BOWS
|| DOUBLE BASS BOWS
|| BOW QUALITY (over-lapping occurs)
|| GRADE ACHIEVABLE
|| £23- £35
||£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
|| £90 - £180
|| £90 - £200
|| £200 - £800
||Pernambuco stick, Nickel Mounted Ebony Frog
|| Grades 4 - 7
|| £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
|PLEASE TRY OUR BOW APPROVAL
SERVICE, SHOULD YOU BE UNABLE TO VISIT, PLEASE ENQUIRE FOR DETAILS