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 cello bows I have received from them. One general characteristic I have noticed about their cello bows, is that to do tend to be leave some of the dimensions of the sticks a bit thicker than some of their competitors. 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 insure 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 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, weight. Of course, I often measure these physically with tools, but putting it 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 2 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