Arcus Violin Bows

Avante-garde Archetier!

Arcus bows have possibly heralded the dawn of a new era of bowmaking! No, this isn't just a sales pitch…we are unaware of any bow on the market that possesses the same degree of innovation.

Here's how Arcus are reinventing the bow:

  • The hollow and thin (2-3mm thinner than standard bows) high-density carbon-fibre stick is more responsive than even many high quality Pernambuco bows.  It's liveliness is tempered by a pronounced stability due to the firmness of the high-density carbon-fibre stick.  Highly technical passages can be played with greater ease and accuracy.
  • Hollow sticks vibrate more fully than standard sticks, producing the dazzlingly resonant and bright sound that characterises Arcus bows.
  • The bow's design results in sound velocity of 7.3m/s as opposed to 5.5m/s, producing a more direct, clear and phenomenally powerful tone.  
  • The stick resonates at 100Hz as opposed to the standard 50Hz, overlaying the sound with overtones an octave higher than usual, empowering the upper registers of the violin and adding a subtle shimmer to the tone across the instrument.

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In addition to providing tonal and technical benefits, Arcus' high-density carbon-fibre is significantly stronger than wood, making it much less prone to breaks.  Customers often bring us warped and broken bows for repair like the ones pictured, that have been damaged by heat or impact.  Of course, Arcus bows aren't indestructible, but they're far less vulnerable to the factors that damage wood. Carbon-fibre sticks are also more likely to retain their camber over time, as unlike wood which is cut straight and bent with heat, Arcus bows are moulded with their curve. The bow won't lose it's curve event if kept with hair tightened for long periods!

Arcus bows outperform and will outlast many bows at more than twice their price.  To order an Arcus bow please click the images at the bottom of the page

Players who experience pain and fatigue in their right arm and shoulder may benefit from an Arcus bow.  According to Arcus,  bows that resonate at 100Hz affect the players arm differently than a 50Hz standard bow, and many players have contacted Arcus to report alleviation of pain in the right arm and shoulder.

Finally, for customers who wish to use ethically sourced and ecologically sustainable materials, Arcus bows use no Pernambuco, ivory, tortoiseshell or reptile skin. Consequently, you can travel anywhere in the world with an Arcus bow.

Customers who wish to use a bow completely free of animal products may want to read about our Vegan Bows service.