What’s the Price of a Good Violin Bow for You?
Get the best bow for your buck 😉
You can get violin bows from $ 6 to $ 600,000 and everything in between
How on earth can you decide for what price you can get a good bow for YOU?
The price you should be looking for when buying a violin bow depends on your level of playing and your demands.
This article is meant as a guide to what you can expect at what price point. You might want to read my other article about what to look for when buying a violin bow first. That goes more into what difference a bow makes and about the characteristics to look for when choosing a bow.
Here’s what you can expect in a violin bow for what price
Below $ 100
I would only recommend looking in this price range if you’re a beginner and if you REALLY can’t spend more.
I wouldn’t recommend getting a wooden bow below $ 100, because you simply can’t buy the wood quality for a decent bow at that price.
If you’re looking for a very cheap bow, the $ 29 Yinfante is the one in a million bow for you. However, prepare for some uncontrolled actions and work arounds.
To upgrade the bow that came with a factory violin, the Fiddlerman carbon fiber bows are the way to go! You can do anything with it and it won’t hold a beginner violinist back in his/her progress. In my experience these two offer the best bang for your buck in this price range.
My personal favorite in this price range is the Fiddlerman carbon fiber weave violin bow, just below $ 100 with a slightly higer percentage of carbon than the ‘normal’ Fiddlerman carbon bow.
Around $ 500
Expect a student quality bow with which everything is possible, but there won’t be much magic moments and you have to do everything yourself. This can be a great school!
In wooden bows you can get a basic pernambuco bow for around this price, for example made in Brazil. As wooden bows differ very much, also if they are from the same maker, I recommend trying them out in a violin shop. Here’s how to try out bows.
Generally in this price range you get a better quality bow for you money choosing for carbon fiber.
In carbon bows there’s enough to choose from in this price range. The CodaBow Diamond NX is a very nice option for a decent student bow and it’s below $ 400. If you want the traditional look of a wooden bow, but the advantages of carbon, go for a JonPaul.
My personal favorite in this price range is the Müsing C2. It’s easy to handle, makes a great sound and is light and stiff.
Around $ 1,000
In wooden bows in this price range there are very bad samples that hardly make a good student bow, but if you’re lucky you can get a professional performance bow for this price. Just take the time to visit several violin shops and try out a lot of bows. You might find a gem there.
I don’t link to wooden bows here, as I don’t think it’s responsible to buy a pernambuco bow of around a thousand dollars online. They differ very much in quality and you’ll really have to go to the shop and try them out for yourself. There’s no point in recommending makers, brands or types here. Here’s how to try out bows.
In carbon fiber bows for this price you can get a performance bow that does more for you and makes the more advanced, subtle and fast bowing techniques a lot easier. You can expect a better resonance, which means a larger and brighter tone from your violin without noise.
My personal favorite in this price range is the Müsing C4 or C5. These Germany made bows are stiff, light and offer a brilliant sound.
Higher price classes
You can freak out on the very special Arcus bows and discover a bow that makes everything even easier and makes you feel like a soloist, like star… with amazing sound quality.
This is where we reach the limits of the ‘article’ format. I would like to tell and show you a lot more about violin bows!
Do you want to see and hear it before you believe it?
I’ve got review videos of all bows I mention here
With concert violinist Giedre I demonstrate and discuss the best, the worst, the cheapest, the most expensive, the most popular, the most obscure violin bows on the market. The result is an extensive guide to buying a violin bow.