Sound Choice Vegan Viola Bows

Vegan musicians no longer need to compromise on quality to align their music with their ethics!

Handcrafted by premier level luthiers from the atelier of world famous and critically acclaimed master bow maker Ma-Rong-Di, Sound Choice bows are created using synthetic alternatives to the animal-derived industry standard fittings, and perform at a level akin to Pernambuco bows at a much higher price.  The bows have been phenomenally popular not only with our vegan customers but also with touring musicians seeking to avoid issues at customs (since the ivory ban), non-vegan customers who are supportive of animal welfare and ecological conservation, as well as players who appreciate the practicality and durability of synthetic bows.  Some simply like the coloured hair!

Sound Choice bows are made using the following synthetic alternatives:

Carbon-fibre stick replaces wood

Pernambuco wood today nears extinction due to excessive harvesting for use in bows, dyes, and veneers. Switching to carbon-fibre can help preserve this endangered tree species.  For animal lovers, there is the added reassurance that no animals died due to deforestation.

Synthetic tip replaces elephant ivory

The devastation inflicted upon the African elephant population has led to many countries banning the importation of ivory.  Tens of thousands of elephants are brutally slaughtered by poachers each year.  Even more tragic, is the fact that the ivory is used often for purely decorative purposes, added to products to display affluence. The synthetic tips used on our bows match ivory aesthetically and are resistant to breaks.

Coruss synthetic hair replaces horse hair

This award winning hair used by professional musicians around the world is the first synthetic hair we've found that rivals horse hair in playability.  Coruss is also available in a range of beautiful colours and has the added benefit of far greater resistance to fluctuation in ambient temperature and humidity than horse hair…translating to less money spent on rehairs!  Coruss hanks are also sold separately (click here for more information).

Synthetic leather lap replaces reptile skin

Reptile skin is harvested in an unnecessarily brutal fashion from live animals, which are cut open, skinned and left to bleed to death.  Most people, vegan or not, are horrified by such practices, and as with ivory, the frequently trivial uses of the skin makes the cruelty even more heartbreaking. 

Full ebony frog

The mother of pearl eye harvested from the shells of oysters and abalones is a decorative feature and the bow works just as well without it.

Finally, no animal glue is used in making the bows

Ultimately, there are many advantages to opting for a Sound Choice bow, regardless of your ethical standpoint: cost effectiveness, durability, and the ability to travel freely with your bow are some practical benefits, whilst the fine craftsmanship and playability of these bows make them a sound choice in every sense!