My Arcus Story
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 of finding a bow that would solve this problem, but no matter how much money I was willing to spend, I couldn’t find it.
At the time, 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 a stronger and lighter bow was needed that could only be made with a hollow stick made from high-density carbon fiber composite. Nobody had ever made such a bow before and since I could not get this thought out my head, I started Arcus as a result. 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, mostly in a quartet, 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.