Lower grade Chinese student bows are, on the whole, vastly better-made than they were thirty or forty years ago. Frogs are neatly finished and almost always of ebony, lappings and thumb leathers are tidy and protected by clear plastic sleeves, and the sticks and heads are evenly and often skilfully carved. The major point of difference is in the wood of the stick: a large proportion are made from a very fine-grained species of Chinese beech wood. The better bows, however, are of pernambuco. This cello bow is a good example, with a strong, straight, pernambuco stick, a good camber and nicely executed octagonal facets.
Start sale price: $300.00