History

History

From Baroque to Modern

Our instruments, our music - everything is constantly changing. Only the bows have been "sleeping" for the last 200 years, and have thus become the weakest element in the whole system.

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Art-Work

Art-Work

Desing and Function of the Arcus Bows

Inspired by Experience and Tradition, using advanced materials and developing a more intelligent design allows to find new and better solutions.

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Manufacture

Manufacture

A Fascinating Material and How to Tame It

Carbon fiber is a material with incredible potentials - if you only know how to unfold them. Let us explain our very special way to acchieve almost impossible results.

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A Wide Range

A Wide Range

Our Series and Classes explained

To match the individuals needs of the players and the instruments, we have developed a wide range of different bows.

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Ergonomics

Ergonomics

Free of Fatique and Pain

Too many musicians experience fatique or pain during playing. An Arcus bow may provide a complete cure, as they avoid dangerous low frequency resonances.

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Precious

Precious

A Perfect Investment

The beautiful sound and perfect playing of an Arcus bow will most probably remain intact longer than any other bow. Its robustness and durability make it a perfect companion for many generations of players.

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ARCUS (en) > Concept

The Concept

History

Since the development of the "modern" bow, almost two hundred years have passed. Many things have changed since: We hardly play with pure gut strings any more but with a chinrest and shoulderrest, but also in much larger halls. Of course, the music has changed too, the Impressionists and Modern Music demand ever more from today's musicians. But also Baroque music and Classic has come back to stage, and for all this different styles the relatively heavy and still sometimes too soft "romantic" bow is just not the proper tool.

History

Would it be possible to find a solution to all the different requirements in just one type of bow? Find out more.

Design

The perfect bow can not be much heavier than a baroque bow. Not only Bach and Vivaldi, but also Mozart, Schubert or Mendelsohn demand a fast, but at the same time elegant play, which is almost impossible to achieve with a heavy bow. Ther is not only the inertia of the bow, but also the relatively slow response where a crisp articulation is asked for. Until now the problem was that all light bows were to soft to pull the necessary power out of the instruments to fill a large hall with sound, but also to allow a strong execution of double stops.

Design

How can we make a combination of light and strong? Learn more

Materials and Manufacture

The Pernambuco tree is an endangered species and trading the wood is strictly limited. During the last century the search for alternative materials was on, but the results have not been very convincing. Either the bows would be even heavier, or the sound or resiliency were lacking. In carbon fiber we have found just the ideal material, but to use it to its best effect it requires a rather intricate technology, a complete understanding of the underlying physics and plenty of highly skilled workmanship.

Materials and Manufacture

How does this work and what are the differences of all the many materials in respect to making bows? Learn more

Series and Classes

A major difference from the Arcus bows to wooden bows lies in the much higher resiliency or stiffness. In combination with the somewhat lower weight this results in improved vibration characteristics of the stick and consequently in the instrument. But, as all bows are entirely handmade and the structure of the material is heteroganeous, they all have their individual character and resonance quality. As this varies in a wide range, we classify our bows accordingly. Still, instruments have a different sound and players different preferences about the feel of the bows.

Series and Classes

Is it possible to design the one bow that matches all needs and wishes? Or do we need individual solutions? Read more.

Ergonomics

What is the cause for a tired bow arm after some hours of playing? Or why does the thump of elbow hurt? We have identified the source of these problems in the vibration of the bow stick: Low frequency vibrations in the bow sticks. Their frequency is not audible for us, but correlates with resonances in hand an arm. The Arcus bows are tuned much higher and avoid these dangerous frequencies completely. For many players an Arcus bow has solved their problems for good. In addition, the non-slip surface of the stick and their light weight allow to hold the bow with great ease. All combined you can play with an Arcus bow more easy and relaxed than with any other.

Valuable

A fine bow should be a pleasure for its owner for many years. It should not be fragile and sound in its materials. Then it will retain its value, look nice and play well even after intense use. Although pernambuco is a very strong wood, still most bows that we made over time have been lost to wear and cracks. An Arcus bow on the other hand is completely immune against "normal" wear from hand moisture or hard playing. Plus they will survive most accidents as they happen so often in the orchestra pit, on stage, during lessons or a million other occasions. That is why all Arcus bow sticks come with a 30 year warranty.

Valuable

What can we expect of the value of different bows over time? Learn more