Looking for a viola bow
Hi-we are shopping for a viola bow for my daughter. I would like to have several bows sent To her for trial. In addition to Carriage House, could anyone recommend add’l shops? Thx.
What is your price range? What size are you looking for. Wood or carbon fiber?
Yes-- price ranges are the main thing. Some shops with excellent options at $6,000 would have next to nothing at $900. And vice versa.
Robertson Violins in Albuquerque has a substantial inventory of bows at all price ranges
Fiddlershop.com has a bow trial program.
Any large dealer that can't ship you a few bows to try should be written off entirely. However, there can be small (e.g., one-person) operations that have significant inventory, but they don't ship out bows because they can't manage the costs or the labor involved. For example, if you are near Washington then it could be worth a trip to Josh Henry's shop -- I don't know if he ships bows, but he has a lot of them (mostly antiques that he has restored), and he makes bows too, so he's quite knowledgeable. I don't know how many viola bows he'll have, but it's worth a phone call.
Thank you, price range is $3500-$5500 roughly. We live in NJ. Thx
From NJ can you get to NYC and Philly? So many places you could check out in person - Isaac Salchow, Yung Chin, Reed Yeboah, Frederick Oster.
Elyse - please edit your post; it makes no sense to me (i.e., "$3500-$550"), If you mean $350 - $550, one music store might be as good as another. If you mean $3,500 - $5,500 you do want to be in touch with a top-notch dealer or possibly a maker.
If you meant 3500-5500, then also take modern German bows into consideration. Grünke and others are also available at retailers in the US, AFAIK. They usually come with a good value per money ratio since they're not stamped in French and therefore, from an international point of view, aren't comparable to them as status icons, but very well in terms of playability and workmanship.
I use a $70 Fiddlerman CF :)
I second Paul's recommendation on Josh Henry. Just bought one of his violin bows, and it's a dream to play on.