To ensure your satisfaction with your new bow, I suggest contacting me prior to ordering a bow. This way we can choose, from our large inventory of bows, one that best meets your requirements!
Arcos Brasil is a Brazilian/American manufacturer of bows and other violin family products. I have been doing business with Arcos Brasil for many years because they have provided consistently excellent quality products, as well as responsive service. This is very important to me as a retailer to know that IF there is a problem, they will work with me to resolve the issue.
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 personally 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 that make up 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 tonal and playing 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!
Arcos Brasil qualifies their bows by the mounting used to adorn the sticks.
Here is a general guide to the bows:
Nickel - Somewhat flexible sticks, sometimes thicker material used to offset this - new makers to the firm, warmer sounding sticks- a very good introduction into the tone world of Pernambuco bows!
Silver (Ebony/Snakewood/Horn Frogs) - Moderately dense wood, stiffer sticks - more experienced makers, more crispness to the bite in the sound - for advancing players
Silver Special and Limited- Select Pernambuco, even stronger sticks, brighter tone quality - very experienced makers. Professionals and students alike will enjoy these.
Master Copy - Subtle and sophisticated, finely selected Pernambuco, most experienced makers, wide variety of fine tone qualities is available with these sticks - Professional quality bows
Gold - As one would expect, the most choice material is used to produce very dense and strong sticks, made by the most prolific and experienced makers of this firm. - Professional quality bows