Marco Raposo is a small Brazilian/American manufacturer of bows and other violin family products. I have been doing business with Marco Raposo for several years and have been pleased with the consistently excellent viola bows that I have received from them. One general characteristic I have noticed about their viola bows is that they tend to manufacture some of the dimensions of their sticks a bit thicker than some of their competitor's. In the end, it is about preference and I enjoy their stronger sticks, which tend to have a powerful tone.
Each and every Pernambuco bow that we sell passes two inspections to ensure every one meets our shop's preferences and standards before entering our inventory.
1. I inspect the craftsmanship and material of the bow. I am looking for grain direction, grain length, general characteristics of the material, how the mechanism of the screw works, the fit of the frog, the curvature of the stick, etc.
If the bow passes the 1st inspection, then:
2. I rosin up the bows and play them! In this stage I am looking for sound projection and qualities, balance, feel and weight. Of course, I often measure these physically with tools, but putting the bow onto the string and playing some Dvorak or Mozart puts it into a more real perspective than just raw numbers. There are just too many variables to a good bow and I find the best way to locate them is to just play them.
In the end, I compile a large selection of consistently excellent performing sticks, with a variety of tone and play qualities, all of which I find suitable for different players. Please contact me to let me know what you are looking for. I enjoy working with customers to find a bow that meets their needs within their budget!
Marco Raposo currently only offers two levels of bows: Nickel and Silver Mounted. They start off at a higher price point than some of the competitors.
Here is a general guide to the bows:
Nickel - Good quality, firm sticks - warmer sounding sticks- an excellent introduction the tone world of pernambuco bows!
Silver - Denser and more stiff sticks than Nickel - more crispness to the bite in the sound - for the advanced player.