To insure your satisfaction with your new bow, I suggest contacting me prior to ordering a bow, so I can choose from our large inventory of bows, one that best meets your requirements!
Each and every bow that I sell from Sousa passes two tests before entering my inventory:
1. I inspect the craftsmanship and material of the bow. I am looking for grain direction, grain length, flaws in 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 find great sticks 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!
Sousa qualifies their bows by the mounting used to adorn the sticks, like most workshops. They have a wide variety of pricepoints for their bows, starting from this very affordable nickel-mounted "Sonata" bow at $375.