What we do
We make full size bows for violin, viola, cello and double bass from carbon fibre composites. All our bows are made by hand in our workshop in Würzburg. We also develop a range of accessories and tools for instruments, which are made for us externally. In our shop you can not only find a vast selection of Arcus bows, but also accessories, strings and cases and an interesting collection of new and old string instruments.
Making the perfect bow, regardless of cost and effort. Bows that offer the most beautiful sound, ideal playing characteristics, optimum comfort, ultimate reliability, attractive design and perfect workmanship. The base for all our decisions in a open ear to the musicians needs and close cooperation with violin shops around the world, deep founded research, courageous ideas and lots of hard work.
In 1996 Bernd Müsing had the initial idea for a bow with significantly increased stiffness and reduced weight, made from high density carbon fibre composite. After extended trials and the development of an entirely new process, 1999 the first Arcus bows were sold. It was especially the vast immediate success with orchestra players that allowed the company to grow and to continue research and development continuously. The workshop was initially based in Klagenfurt and moved in 2008 to Würzburg. This allowed us to make a decisive step in further improving the quality of the products.
Who we are
Today Arcus is a team of four bowmakers, three people in management and sales and one engineer, who is also a bowmaker, plus the owner, Bernd Müsing.
Anita Pfeifer is keeping our books in perfect order, manages customs and shipping plus the purchasing. Her big hobby is long distance running.
Bianca Müsing supports our sales with market research, customer service and at exhibitions.
Malte Straubhaar studied engineering in Schweinfurt and works with Bernd Müsing already since 1999, initially designing bicycles and parts, but over the years the focus changed completely over to bows and instruments. He still cycles a lot, besides more many other sports.
Our bowmakers are: Oleg Melcher (Meister), Dmitri Adler, Vitaliy Krasnyuk, Christine Adelhard, Julian Loos and Ursula fehrholz. They have learned our very special way of making bows in our workshop after working as goldsmiths, cabinet makers, aircraft engineers, dental technician and furrier before. Thus they all provide their special contribution to the unique qualities of our bows.
Before Bernd Müsing turned towards string instruments, and especially bows, he worked in the bicycle industry for many years. Being an enthusiastic cyclist, he started a shop for racing bikes in 1985, when he was just 21 years old, deserting his study of engineering. In the years following he invented a new type of aluminium bicycle, carrying his name for a brand, and ran the small factory in which they were produced. As product manager and head of research and development he worked later for Fichtel & Sachs and Hercules, then some of the largest component resp. bicycle companies in Germany. Following this he had the opportunity as independent consultant and designer to develop a wide variety of components and systems, from a full range of bicycles to hydraulic brakes and stainless steel chains for mountain bikes. The big adventure „bows“ began in 1995, when we was shopping for a new and better violin bows. He found that all bows that were offered to him had one or more „problems“, which started his curiosity. During some extensive research he found a formula for a bow that would avoid all those problems. Only trouble was that the technology to actually make tubular bows from high density carbon fibre were not available anywhere, but this could be solved and a new company and workshop was initiated.
Shortly after introducing the bows in 1999, it became obvious that it would be necessary to understand the instruments thoroughly, to really optimise the bows. His own research and a close cooperation with luthiers lead to a complete model of the mechanics and magic of the instruments, which opened up entirely new ways to bring the bows ever closer to perfection. But it has also allowed him to make many players rather happy with some efficient adjustments even on quite difficult instruments.