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Brazilwood Double Bass Bow

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Brazilwood Bass Bows

Brazilwood Bows, German/Butler and French
German/Butler Style (top) and
French Style (bottom) bows available

We've carried this same bow, from the same maker, for around 15 years now, and it's been enthusiastically praised by customers worldwide for its balance, playability, and value. Our dependable maker has been crafting these bows for us, reliably and consistently, and they are in use by students, professionals, and bass majors in colleges everywhere.

Brazilwood is not actually a specific wood, but a group of closely related woods (several trees of the family Leguminosae, if you want to geek out a bit.) This grouping of woods is wonderful for making bows; they have straight grain, wonderful acoustic properties, and a warm reddish color. Further geeking out: the color is where it gets its name; Portuguese explorers finding the trees on the South American coast found that the wood yielded a valuable red dye, and named the tree pau brasil, meaning, loosely, "red wood." Trivia time: That's where the country of Brazil got its name!

Pernambuco is a particular tree of the Brazilwood family that is traditionally prized for bow making; it's more expensive to obtain, so a true Pernambuco bow is often also more expensive. We have Pernambuco bows available, from the same maker -- with upgraded fittings like silver wire wrap -- as well. You can find them listed in the "related items," below.

Brazilwood bow frogThe bows have octagonal Brazilwood sticks with a fully lined* (French) and half-lined* (German) ebony frog, which at this price point is a very pleasant surprise! The French weighed in at around 135g, the German around 136g, and the balance feels very good. They all come with a leatherette grip for comfort, and striped plastic herringbone material on the frog end of the stick, exactly like Bob's personal bow -- and that bow has held up since 1964.

Yes, there are much cheaper -- as well as much more expensive -- "Brazilwood Bows" out there. As with most anything, it's not just the base materials, but quality and craftsmanship that matter. Your bow is as much a musical instrument as your bass is. I can easily get bows to sell for a cheaper price to compete with the lowballs you can find on eBay, but I would rather offer a better quality bow at a reasonable price. The excellent reviews for these bows over the last several years speak for themselves.

All bows now have dark horsehair; it's a really nice feeling hair, not too coarse but with nice grab. I'd call it "black-ish" hair; it's more accurately more of a mid to dark blend of black and chestnut, which players have found to be very agreeable. These bows are considered 3/4 size (though be aware that there are no strict rules on sizing). The French bow is 27¼ inches end to end, with about a 20¾ inch hair length. The German bow is 29 7/8 inches end to end, with about a 22 3/8 inch hair length.

* Fully Lined/Half Lined: Nicer bows have a metal lining, usually of nickel or silver, which is fitted to the top surface of the frog, to allow the frog to glide smoothly along the surface of the stick when tightening and loosening the bow hair. This is called a "half lining," which is featured on all of our Brazilwood and Pernambuco bows. Additionally, our French bows also have a heel plate, which is an matching, inlaid metal piece that rounds the corner on the back of the frog, down around to the pearl slide on the bottom; the addition of this heel plate to a half-lined bow is what makes a bow "fully lined." The heel plate is rarely used on German bows because of the different profile of the back of the frog, so it's not a "downgrade" to not have a heel plate on a German frog; it's actually pretty normal and expected.


Do you do Bow Trials?

Some sellers provide a service where they send you three or four bows to try, and you give them all a go, and send back the ones you don't like as much, keeping the one you do. We don't do that with these bows, and here's why: at this price point, it's simply not worth the cost or the trouble to either of us. Why not? When bows are played and returned, they must be inspected, cleaned, and restocked this costs time and money. Shipping bows requires care in packing, and insurance. This also costs time and money. And, to be fair, if you're a student, intermediate player, etc., you very likely won't perceive a meaningful difference between a random handful of these bows; they're very consistent, and -- with all due respect -- if you can, you're probably shopping for bows in a much swankier price range (like $1,500 and up.) So, rather than raising the prices, to subsidize the costs of providing this rather dubious service on bows that cost under $200, we instead provide you with an excellent, consistently-crafted bow at a really affordable price.


AN IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT BROKEN BOWS: A wooden bow is a fragile musical instrument in and of itself. Especially when under tension, a simple rap against a hard surface (like the post of a music stand) can easily break a bow. Bumping into a bow that is perched on the lip of a music stand is also a common "maker of unhappy bassists" -- the bow hits the floor, and suddenly the stick is in two pieces. I really hate taking those phone calls.

Breakage from seemingly innocuous raps against a chair leg is not a sign of a "defective" bow, any more than shattering a glass vase by grazing a marble countertop would be considered the fault of the vase.

We STRONGLY recommend that you (or your children) exercise prudent care with ANY wooden bow, whether bought from us or not.

There are bow "holders" available to help keep them safe; we sell bow quivers (a leather bow "holster" that ties to the tailpiece) as well as inexpensive hooks that clip onto the music stand, providing a safer means for putting the bow down for pizz sections.


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Excellent website! It feels good to purchase from someone experienced with the products who can personally endorse them, and who takes the time to provide all the information you could ask for! I found out about your website through fellow bluegrassers, and my husband (he's the bass player, I play mandolin) absolutely loves the bass bag and bow I purchased from you. He's getting a new fingerboard for his birthday! If only I could find a site like this for mandolin...
Rebecca
I ordered a brazilwood french bow from you last week and recieved it a few hours ago, and it's fantastic! My old bow just died and I need to practice, and every string shop (or so it seems) is closed in Australia over the new year/christmas season (2 weeks!) The bow came in almost no time at all, well packed.. and it's a really great bow! Much more than I had ever hoped for. Thanks again
Pete
Bob,
I received last month a fine bow, Ingles stand, and Gollihur bag. All excellent products. The bow sounds wonderful, the bag is very nice, and the stand works well. In fact, I really appreciate your comments on your web page comparing the Ingles to the MBS. I liked the rigidity of the MBS, but it is fantastic to grab it out of the stand and play (my endpin is extended about 9"). This is invaluable at a gig which requires me to switch between electric and upright quickly.
Grant N
I still use the $150 bow from your store and every bassist i come across hardly believes me when i tell em the Price!
Ryan
Well, You guys outdid yourselves again! I received my Brazilwood Bass Bow in only a couple of days, and I am extremely pleased with the product.

Instructions were very helpful, as I have never used a bow before. Couldn't help but sing Charlie Daniel's song when I began to "Resin up my bow".

I have your site on my facebook list and tell everyone about your excellent company and customer service. Actually, I have quit looking for alternative sources...you guys have it all!

Thanks,
Barry W.
I recently bought a Brazilwood Bass Bow and rosin which was all recommended on TalkBass. I am impressed. I had played for years on the bow I bought in high school, thinking a bow is a bow. The bow made a big improvement in the response from my bass. Thanks for offering such a nice product.
Mitch A
G'day Bob & Mark, Received the bow the other day and it is better than we expected. Even my Son's Bass tutor is impressed with the bow. Once again thank you very much and it is always a pleasure to deal with you. By the way the next major purchase will be a 3/4 Upright, so don't be surprised if we come knocking on your door. Until the next time, take care.
Peter and Lisa K
I wanted to say I am -very- pleased with the Brazilwood bass bow package I received. The first couple of days that I had it I was worried because it was "stiff" and didn't hold rosin very well, but by second or third day it played great. Grabs the string well and gives a wonderful arco sound even on hybrid strings. Other musicians who didn't know that I had gotten a new bow commented on how much better my arco sound is.

I've been playing some of the Bach 1st cello suite in G at pitch and the bow immediately fixed some of my bow-oriented problems, it was as close to magic as it gets! Thanks a lot for providing this great bow at a great price.
Jeff C (July 2010)
I purchased a brazilwood bow from you guys 2 months ago, along with a few other items, and I have to tell you that this bow plays and has better tone quality than alot of way more expensive pernambuco bows I've played in the past. (Classical bassist for 25 years.) I love it!! Will be buying another one for backup in the near future. Oh and shipping was freaking blazing fast!!!!
Tom C (September 2011)
Hello! Just wanted to thank you personally! Got the bow i ordered and its amazing!
Alex P (December 2015)
I received the German Brazilwood bow on Saturday. I was busy all weekend (honey-do list), and wasn't able to try it until tonight after work. It's everything I expected it to be. Very well-made bow. Thanks again for the great product and service. Your reputation is well-deserved.
Paul S (February 2016)
I just got a Gollihur Brazilwood German bow, and I must say I'm very impressed. I lost my ho-hum eBay carbon fiber bow at a gig, and needed a quick replacement. I've been messing around with cheap bows forever and I'm sure they are holding me back, particularly now that I'm bowing on most of my gigs these days. Since then, I've been been on cheapos, and have had my eye on a serious upgrade. I pulled the trigger on a brazilwood bow... two days later it was at my door.

It arrived today, and I can barely put it down. It really points out how much a lot of these eBay bows are really "bow shaped objects" and how important overall design and craftsmanship are. I feel like this is probably the perfect bow for me right now, and for a price I could afford. It's no-frills, but really a very nice looking bow with quality dark hair that took rosin very well. The work is clean and everything is well functioning. It seems better balanced than any of the eBay bows I purchased. Its much lighter, with a small frog. Personally, I really like that. It fits my smaller hands much better than the huge frogs all of my eBay bows have had, and reminds me. While I'm really no expert, it seems much more nimble than my previous carbon bow.

I'm super stoked about my quality budget bow, I was expecting it to feel and sound cheap but its actually very musical and inspiring to play.
Jason B. (August 2016)
Hey guys, The brazilwood bow I just received a few days ago is really fantastic! Great balance, clear sound and great response! Thanks again!
Esat E (October 2016)
Mark, I just wanted to let you know I love the (Brazilwood) bow and the (Carlsson) rosin that I received. A great value. I tried a few other bows that cost twice as much and this one plays just as well. I also really love that your store also educates your clients about the products. Thanks again!
Denise S (November 2016)