An essential part of string playing is finding decent bow that suits your style, matches your instrument and feels effortless.

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  • Cello Bows under $5000

    Cello Bows under $5000 (10)

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  • Violin bows under $5,000

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    Korean violin bows

    $ 60.00

    Sturdy beginner bow with wooden frog. Available in 4/4, 3/4, 1/2, 1/4 and 1/8 size.

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    Korean cello bows

    $ 70.00

    Sturdy beginner bow with wooden frog. Available for 4/4, 3/4, 1/2 and 1/4 cello.

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    Korean viola bows

    $ 70.00

    Sturdy beginner bow with wooden frog. Available for full size viola.

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    Vn304 “Schumann”, beech wood, China, 2021

    $ 95.00

    “Schumann” bows with wooden sticks are an excellent model for entry level and lower grade players who prefer a traditional look and feel at a very affordable price. Like their carbon fibre counterparts, these Schumann bows have neatly-made ebony frogs fitted with Parisian eyes and nickel silver mounts, and their sticks are well-shaped and cleanly finished. A bi-coloured, imitation whalebone lapping completes an attractive, inexpensive bow.

    Available in 3/4 and 1/2 size.

    Start sale price: $95.00

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    F.P.S. small size cello bows

    $ 102.00

    F.P.S. student cello bows.

    Available in 1/4, 1/8 and 1/10 size.

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    Va72 Schumann, China, 2020

    $ 110.00

    Schumann bows are made in China, both from wood and from carbon fibre. This model is their entry-level wooden bow, but despite its modest price it is very neatly made, with Parisian eyes, nickel-silver mounts and an exotically-patterned abalone slide. The stick is strong and reliable, drawing a warm, full sound, and articulating cleanly.

    Start sale price: $110.00

     

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    Vn236 “Schumann”, carbon fibre, China, 2020

    $ 115.00

    “Schumann” carbon fibre bows are visually attractive, with cleanly-finished ebony frogs featuring Parisian eyes and colourful mother-of-pearl. The sticks share the now-common “tweed” style finish we see with many other carbon fibre bows of this value. The performance, especially in the context of the price, is a stand-out, with a clean, crisp spiccato, excellent articulation, even at the tip during fast string crossings, and a steady, smooth legato. All in all, a bow that’s hard to look past.

    Available in 4/4, 3/4 and 1/2 size.

    Start sale price: $115.00

    Bow weight: 58.0 grams

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    Vc100, Schumann, China, 2020

    $ 115.00

    Schumann bows are made in China, both from wood and from carbon fibre. This model is their entry-level wooden bow, but despite its modest price it is very neatly made, with Parisian eyes, nickel-silver mounts and an exotically-patterned abalone slide. The stick is strong and reliable, drawing a warm, full sound, and articulating cleanly.

    Available for 4/4 and 3/4 cello.

    Start sale price: $115.00

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    Vc110 “Schumann”, carbon fibre, China, 2020

    $ 149.00

    “Schumann” carbon fibre bows are visually attractive, with cleanly-finished ebony frogs featuring Parisian eyes and colourful mother-of-pearl. The sticks share the now-common “tweed” style finish we see with many other carbon fibre bows of this value. The performance, especially in the context of the price, is a stand-out, with a clean, crisp spiccato, excellent articulation, even at the tip during fast string crossings, and a steady, smooth legato. All in all, a bow that’s hard to look past.

    Start sale price: $149.00

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    Vn306 “Schumann” carbon fibre, China, 2020

    $ 250.00

    “Schumann” carbon fibre bows are visually attractive with cleanly-finished ebony frogs featuring Parisian eyes and nickel silver mounts. This model has a dark red-brown stick, subtly flecked to look like pernambuco wood. As a result this well-performing bow has a far more traditional look than the more common “braided” or “tweed” style finishes we are used to seeing with this grade of carbon fibre bow.

     

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    Va74 “Schumann” carbon fibre, China, 2021

    $ 275.00

    “Schumann” carbon fibre bows are visually attractive with cleanly-finished ebony frogs featuring Parisian eyes and nickel silver mounts. This model has a dark red-brown stick, subtly flecked to look like pernambuco wood. As a result this well-performing bow has a far more traditional look than the more common “braided” or “tweed” style finishes we are used to seeing with this grade of carbon fibre bow.

     

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    Vn278 JonPaul “Fusion” violin bow, USA

    $ 295.00

    The Utah-based company JonPaul Bows has, over the years, made a name for itself as a workshop producing high-class carbon-fibre bows. More recently, it has started sourcing and distributing bows for the student market, with a range that includes the “Fusion”. This line of bows is a blend, as they describe it, of technology and nature, a carbon-fibre core wrapped in a wooden sheath. The dual construction provides the strength and articulation we expect from carbon-fibre, along with additional warmth of tone, all for a very affordable price.

    This carbon fibre bow has a pernambuco veneer, ebony frog with abalone eyes and slide and a three-piece adjuster.

    Bow weight: 59.0-59.5 grams

    Start sale price: $295.00

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    C467 “J. La Salle”, China, early twenty first century

    $ 300.00

    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

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    “Dörfler” #8, Bubenreuth, Germany

    $ 315.00

    The Brazilwood for these well-made student bows is Massaranduba, a particularly strong, hard species. As a result, the stick has very good playing characteristics for the price. The fully-lined African ebony frogs are finished with nickel mounts and elegant Parisian eyes. Founded by Aegidius Dörfler four generations ago, “Dörfler” is still owned and operated by the Dörfler family, and produce a wide range of good-quality bows.

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    Vn263 “Dörfler” #7A, Bubenreuth, Germany

    $ 325.00

    The Brazilwood for these well-made student bows is Massaranduba, a particularly strong, hard species. As a result, the stick has very good playing characteristics for the price. The fully-lined African ebony frogs are finished with nickel mounts and pearl eyes. The stick is octagonal. Founded by Aegidius Dörfler four generations ago, “Dörfler” is still owned and operated by the Dörfler family, and produce a wide range of good-quality bows.

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    Vn246, 3/4 size Unstamped “Schumann”, China, early twenty-first century

    $ 350.00

    This well-finished, silver-mounted, Chinese 3/4 size violin bow is marketed under the “Schumann” brand, although the stick itself is not stamped. The workmanship is very clean, and the pearl slide is particularly attractive. The stick, made from “Ipe” wood, a fine-grained alternative to pernambuco, is very steady on the string, articulates well and has a strong, clear spiccato. Silver mounts on a bow of this price is remarkably good value for money.

    Start sale price: $350.00

     

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