How a good violin bow can make you bow like a pro | Violin Lounge TV #261

by | Oct 27, 2017 | 2 comments

Interview with Bernd Müsing, owner and inventor of Arcus bows in Germany

Well, it just a stick with hair, isn’t it?

Then… why did I just save and work hard for years to get myself a $ 8.000 brand new violin bow… made out of carbon fiber?

If you want to develop your violin playing to the next level, your own playing, your violin, your bow and your teacher must work together

For those who don’t play or for beginners, it’s hard to imagine what difference a bow can make. Did you ever think ‘if I’m a better player, I’ll get a better bow’? Well… it’s the other way around… a good bow can guide you into becoming a better player.

Selecting a bow is highly personal and has to fit your playing style, your way of bow movement and your body. Also it has to resonate well with your violin.

Arcus high end carbon fiber bows

Bernd is an engineer and amateur violinist. When he was looking for a new bow, he couldn’t find a bow that met his demands and decided to design his own bow.

The ‘modern bow’ that is the design for wooden bows, is a design Tourte made around 1800. In the last two centuries the bow design didn’t change, but the violin did. We now don’t play on open gut strings anymore, but on wounded synthetic strings and on steel E strings. The tension is a lot higher. Big concert halls make it necessary to have a bigger sound that can fill a large space.

The violin changed, but the bow didn’t

The stiffness and lightness you would need on the current violin, can’t be made out of wood. So Bernd explored and experimented with different materials and concluded that carbon fiber with as little epoxy is possible could do the trick.

It took years of research to design the perfect bow, but the last twenty years Arcus has been selling bows worldwide to professionals and amateur players. In almost all German professional orchestra’s there are a handful of violinist happily playing their Arcus bows.

You’ll feel like you’re cheating…

Having a bow that matches your violin and your playing, makes especially advanced bowing techniques a lot easier. Spicatto, sautillé and ricochet are so much easier. Creating a full sound will cost just a little effort. After a day of rehearsals and concerts, your right arm won’t be so tired anymore. You can play faster, more subtle and with a better sound. A wooden bow would feel clumsy and out of control in comparison. Besides that it will release a beautiful sound from your violin that is rich in overtones.

Zlata plays a round S9 Arcus violin bow.

Do you want to have an Arcus bow as well? Go to or your local Arcus dealer to get yours!

arcus round S9 violin bow

Arcus high end carbon fiber bows

Imagine a bow that enables you to play all your music with improved ease and precision. A bow that pulls the most beautiful sound from your instrument. A bow you never need to worry about and which reduces the strain on your bow arm substantially. This must no longer be a dream only, as many thousands of players around the word already know. Find your Arcus bow and play happily ever after.

Do you want to have an Arcus bow as well?

Go to or your local Arcus dealer to get yours!

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  1. Debbie Dey

    That was a huge amount of info on bows. I have a wood bow. I think I need to save for an Arcus now !!! I am glad you got a good one !!
    Debbie Dey


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