Has anyone had any experience of buying bows off sharmusic.com? Are the bows high quality, and how long does it usually take to ship to you? Are they good for advanced players, or would I be better off buying one from a shop?
What is your price range?
the advanced bows range (500-5k)
If you're looking for a new bow, try a variety of affordable bows and pick your fave.
It might be easier to negotiate a price if you buy from a shop rather than an online vendor.
Shar sells everything from cheap student bows to high-end antiques. So the answer, vaguely, is "yes".
I bought a Guy Laurent "Collector's Series Peccatte-style" bow in 2015 from Shar, and I'm happy with it. But I bought my violin (and my previous bow) at a local shop, where I tried lots of violins and bows.
I got this bow from Shar for $200 1 1/2 years ago. It's not bad. Definitely a great value.
I know players who have bought bows from Shar and they are pleased with them. I have purchased a Chinese made Pernambuco bow from another domestic vendor and I'm happy with it also but I was dissed for say so here. We don't all have the opportunity to go to a shop with a good selection.
Probably because you said it was Pernmabuco, no one is selling genuine Pernambuco bows for less than $500-1000, they might call them Pernmabuco but they are not genuine, Pernambuco is too rare and expensive to be used on affordable student bows.
I have some Shar bows too.
@Lyndon Taylor, Shar also sells both student and advanced bows. I'm pretty sure the advanced bows are made out of genuine permanbuco.
Possibly not if they're outsourced from China, as most bows are today.
No one should be "dissed" for any reason. Very bad form...
I think there's a big difference between questioning someone's choices, and/or negative commentary on a particular piece of gear, versus a comment that is disrespectful of an individual.
I know for a fact that one company in the USA has a substantial stash of Pernambuco going back to the '50s and sends it to its China facility. They use it for bows in the $1,000 range. I don't know if they use it for bows costing less than that. Again, there is never a good reason for rudeness.
Just the wood for a Pernambuco bow costs at least $100 so you can figure out how no $200-300 "Pernambuco" bow could possibly be genuine, how is that possibly rude to state that, some people are getting far too sensitive
Not singly you out at all Lyndon. Just talking in generalities after having been on many boards over the past 20 years. It's all good...
What are pernambuco and brazilwood anyway? From Wikipedia:
I've always had positive experiences with Shar. I purchased my outdoor violin and bow from them, and more recently acquired an early 20th-century French violin from their shop. I've also used them as a primary source of strings and accessories for years. I would definitely recommend you call their violin shop and work with someone directly to set up a bow trial, rather than simply buying straight off of the website.
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