It all began with Mozart. As a violin student I was working on the G-major violin concerto and found my bow to be both too soft and too heavy to play this music properly. Many years later I went bow shopping in the hope to find a bow that would solve this problem, but no matter how much money I was willing to spend, I couldn’t find it.
By then I was head of research and development at one of Germany’s largest bicycle factories and tried to apply my technical skills to this problem. My analysis showed that at stronger and lighter bow was needed that could only be made with a hollow stick made from high-density carbon fiber composite. Nobody had made such a bow before and as I could not get this idea out my head again this was the starting point of Arcus. A couple years into the project I found out that Mozart in fact used a much lighter “baroque” bow with clip-in-frog and light (unwound) gut strings. Today I am still playing Mozart, but mostly in a quartet and on the viola. And I’m really enjoy playing my Arcus P9.
Making our bows requires quite a bit of machinery but even more craftsmanship of the highest level. Only the use of the finest materials and close co-operation between all our bowmakers allows us to achieve the level of perfection the Arcus bows are renown for.