Players Reviews

Since 1999 thousands of musicians around the globe have made an Arcus their primary bow.

Most of these players are unknown to us as the majority of our bows are sold though our dealers. Many musicians also prefer discretion in regard of the equipment they use which we fully understand because the work of the musician should always receive all the attention.

Still, quite a few players have shared their experiences with their Arcus bows over the years and we are happy to share them with you here.

If you’d like to let us know about your Arcus story, you may use this page.

Kai Hofert, Bass
I especially appreciate the full sound and the instant response at the frog and the tip.
Steve Wright, Bass
I did not tell my teacher I had a new bow. He said "Your bass is really opening up nicely". That wasn't it at all - it was the Arcus bow.
Hideaki Takagi, Bass
My Arcus produces a very rich volume of sound as soon as I make a move!
Greg Kehret, Bass
I have just purchased an Arcus Sinfonia. That decision came really easy. The bow handles with perfect preditability and makes my bass sing most beautiful.
Vito Domenico Liuzzi, Bass
This bow gives me everything I desire from a very good bow.
Jonny Gee, Bass
My Arcus bow is perfect: delicate and light response, but with a huge fat power transmission ready to kick in whenever I need it.
Rainer Lewalter, Bass
I was instantly fascinated by the intelligence of these bows.
Leonid Gorkhov, Cello
Within minutes of playing with an Arcus bow my opinion was changed.
Helmut Wagenmann, Cello
The clarity, projection, the timbre and the easy handling have convinced me completely.
Ilkka Vesioja, Cello
I feel that I have reached a higher level of playing...
Peter Hörr, Cello
"The Arcus Bow delivers the purest of sounds and seems to have unlimited playing capabilities! My audience is absolutely enthusiastic."
Clare Pusey, Cello
I am such a fan of these bows that my friends all believe that I secretly work for the company!
Jörg Schuster, Cello
...talk about progress, beautiful sound, extreme durability and protecting nature.
Josep Galí, Cello
The ARCUS is definitely the best bow I have ever tried.
Paula Hudspith, Cello
I was shocked not to be able to play any more for the pain in my arm... but now I have an Arcus ~S6~.
Jessica, Cello
What a joy to be able to play again!! The pain disappeared completely, like blown away
Christoph Goebel, Cello
Before I learned about the Arcus bows I thought new materials could never take over from the centuries old tradition of wooden bows...
Laura Jenkins, Cello
They are not making carbon-fibre tennis racquets to perform just like wooden tennis racquets...
Martin Chamberlain, Cello
I feel like I have made great improvements to my playing with my new Arcus.
Axel Ghazi, Cello
It feels to me like a new discovery of the bow.
Andreas Müller, Cello
Consequently my bow technique has improved significantly
Elke Höppner, Cello
Well, the pain in my right wrist is gone, since I play with the Arcus bow
John Addison, Cello
This is basically only possible by using an Arcus bow,...
The Alexander String Quartet, Ensembles
...the reduction in physical fatigue afforded by the lighter and stronger sticks is so significant that we find productivity and endurance significantly improved.
Ensemble Pyramide, Ensembles
Since we string players use the Arcus bows,...
Hessisches Staatsorchester, Ensembles
"...and want to say how very happy I am with my Arcus bow.
Florian Mohr, Viola
With this bow I have no longer troubles with my wrist, not even after long Wagner-or Strauss operas.
Volker Beling, Viola
...my chamber music partners say that my not very large French viola sounds much bigger with it.
Paul Fenton, Viola
The history of music is full of examples where a new technology has replaced an old one, simply because it was better.
Liz Rose, Viola
As a violist who has experienced a lot of tendonitis a lightweight bow such as these is most welcomed.
Valentin Eichler, Viola
My Arcus Cadenza opens many possibilities in modulating the sound, from the finest pp to extreme ff
Martin Andersen, Viola
You obviously are continuing to develop the potential of the Arcus bows, and I am grateful for your successful efforts.
Richard Wallace, Viola
The sound that this bow creates, is of great richness, with upper partials having a freedom that is rarely possible with a wooden bow.
Peter Barber, Viola
It's the best bow I have ever owned.
Markus Protze, Viola
...I experience a completely new level in the ease of play and relaxation of the right Hand.
Dr. Klaus Moeckelmann, Viola
I especially appreciate how much power you can apply even at the tip, if necessary, or near the bridge,...
Christian Tetzlaff, Violin
"Spectacular"
Stefan Rodescu, Violin
BRAVO to Arcus for this innovation with talent, technology and musicality!
Dr. Tapani Yrjola, Violin
I originally bought an Arcus Sinfonia bow to use as my second bow...
Ricardo Cyncynates, Violin
I have owned a number of very fine French and English bows, two Simons, D. Peccatte, Henry, Tomassin, Bazin,...
Maria Maddalena Main, Violin
With the ~S7~ you can avoid to think about technical problems...
Vera Paskaleva, Violin
Thank you very much for thinking of us who spend countless hours in the orchestra pit...
Isabelle Faust, Violin
My Arcus Cadenza allows me to play very powerful and still keeps a surprising subtleness and precision at the same time.
Michiel de Sterke, Violin
In the past I have played with beautiful old French bows, like Sartory and the like, but this bow is superb in quality.
Hugo Holleman, Violin
I always felt slightly uncomfortable playing the fast movements of Mozart's violin concertos and sonatas. With the Arcus I achieve for the first time in my life...
Marta Kletinitch, Violin
Triple chords can be played so nicely and the bow also helps greatly in avoiding unintentional "bow-vibrato"...
Frederic Moisan, Violin
...you have to admit that you would have to pay a lot more for a pernambuco bow with similar qualities as my Arcus.
Jim Fellows, Viola
So we have also bought Arcus Concerto bows for all of our 4 children...
Jim Fellows, Violin
Although there are other bows in their cases, the Arcus bow is the bow that is being used ALL the time by ALL of them!
Hitoshi Maezawa, Violin
...happily appreciate the benefits of the Arcus bows at its reasonable price, and be no longer deluded by the famous names and high Prices.
Matthias Zeller, Violin
An extensive comparison of bows from different wooden and carbon bows
Annika Stumpe, Violin
I don't call it "bow" any more, but "my magic wand".
Andreas Kanev, Violin
It appears the Arcus has some unexpected teaching skills!
Luis Garcia, Violin
Finally I understand what "a relaxed bow hand" means!
Jörg Marquardt, Violin
After only half an hour my playing has improved much more than I would ever have expected.
Bink Williams, Violin
The Concerto S.E. bow is the best bow that I've ever played; my Coda Classic has been retired.
Georg Kemetter, Violin
The bow responds faster than wooden bows. If allows me as an amateur to play more beautiful.
Andrew Victor, Violin
Some things just felt so much easier than they ever had with bows having more conventional physical properties.
Holger Kinzel, Violin
For Irish folk music the Arcus is perfect.
Günter Birett, Violin
Its lower weight compared to usual wooden bows improves my endurance and reduces fatigue significantly, especially during long rehearsals and recording sessions.
Paul Hudspith, Cello
I had many right hand/arm issues - but since using an Arcus, I am now injury free!
Verena Wittmann, Violin
The fantastic spring of the stick and the precision in the response and attack make my work so much easier...
Anselm Hauke, Bass
Since November 2004 I am the pround owner of an Arcus Sinfonia bass-bow. And I want to say: This is the best bow I have ever played!
Gary Dixon, Bass
I found the Arcus bow to be superior in every manner of importance to the player...
Tomoya Aomori, Bass
"Recently I have purchased an French Arcus ~S7~ bass bow. This is by far the best bow that I every played in my career."
Dr. Michael B., Violin
Playing is ten times the fun it has been before and the pain in my right shoulder is almost completely gone!
Oriol Sana, Violin
My Arcus bows are really essential in my tours
Thomas Buffy, Violin
No matter if I play in the studio, at the Jazz club or open air..
Nico Catacchio, Bass
The sound is warm and full, with no noise.
Byol Kang, Violin
without words
Jonas Erni, Violin
We have just played Symphony No. 8 from Anton Bruckner, and I was still completely relaxed afterwards!
Charles Strang, Violin
I sold my 'Voirin'
Christian Zgraggen, Viola
I will sell all my wooden bows.
Anne Akiko Meyers, Violin
I used to think that using a heavy stick produced a bigger sound but now I believe it really is quite the opposite.
Marcello Iaconetti, Violin
I'm very happy and I think the Arcus bows are brilliant.
Robert Tavolieri, Violin
Beautifully made...
Martin Welter, Violin
In regard of the beauty of tone the ~S9~ bow is quite a bit ahead of the fine wooden bows that I own.
Dr. Christian Göpfert, Cello
...my right shoulder is finally free of pain again,...
Richard Heinberg, Violin
These bows are amazing.
Wolfgang Jacobmeier, Viola
The bow draws a big sound and makes very little noise; it sits perfectly on the string and allows any dynamic shading, up to a ponticello.