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Carbon Fiber Bows for Fiddle Players

The Fiddler's Bow - The Legacy
  • Higher balance point than standard violin bow
  • Weighted for better lift
  • Slightly heavier tip for speed
  • Aerodynamic
  • Hand-carved frog
  • Abalone shell
  • Triple-drawn, visually sorted horse tail hair
Price: $299

If you listened to my podcast about the history of this bow (Saturday 7/21/18), you will know that I researched this bow by talking with archetiers and bow makers all over North America as well as at the trade show Musik Messe in Frankfurt, Germany; and Shanghai, China.  At the last one, I met a bow maker in Tianjin, who assured me he was willing to work with my template (and design ideas) to make "the perfect carbon fiber bow for fiddlers".  The original design was significantly different than the final Legacy you see pictured here, as there were literally hundreds of revisions since the original design.  I also had the bow manufactured and shipped out to dozens of fiddlers all over the world who posted their honest feedback on a forum for fiddle players.  I collected that feedback, collated it, and sent the best ideas back to Tianjin for revision.  The result is the bow you see pictured here.

Violin Bow 

  • Pernambuco stick
  • Bone tip plate
  • Ebony frog
  • Parisian eye
  • Superior bow hair from Emily's Violins

Price: $99

Viola Bow
  • Pernambuco stick
  • Bone tip plate
  • Ebony frog
  • Parisian eye
  • Superior bow hair from Emily's Violins
Price: $109

Cello Bow
  • Pernambuco stick
  • Bone tip plate
  • Ebony frog
  • Parisian eye
  • Superior bow hair from Emily's Violins
Price: $169

In 1999, 2003, 2004 and 2005 Adam Sweet traveled to Anping China to the Bow Hair facility that processes tail hair for Emily's Violins.  Below are some pictures.  If you would like to purchase bow hair from Emily, fill out the contact form on the sidebar.

Anping, China

Horse Tail Processing Facility
Tails in Bags Waiting to be processed
Basins for cleaning the tails
Drying the cleaned tails

Using Hackles to Straighten the hair
Sorting processed tail hair

Packing in boxes
Tail bundles to be drawn

Drawing (see the "barrel" of hair mentioned in the podcast?)

Drawn bundles


Trimming ends
Triple drawn bundle to be sorted visually
Visually sorting

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