Imagine a bow that enables you to play all your music with improved ease and precision. A bow that pulls the most beautiful sound from your instrument. A bow you never need to worry about and which reduces the strain on your bow arm substantially. This must no longer be a dream only, as many thousands of players around the word already know. Find your Arcus bow and play happily ever after.
Between Yesterday and Tomorrow
The wooden bows of the 19th and 20th Century are perfectly matched to soft gut strings without metal windings. But over the past decades modern Strings with much higher tension have become the norm. For these new strings we design and build a new generation of bows with a significantly improved elasticity that restores the perfect balance between strings and bow and thus a much more natural playing. It became possible only because we succeeded to unfold the incredible potentials of carbon fibres. Today we are making bows that perform like no other and that will still set the standards in a far away future.
The Most Beautiful Sound
The sticks of our bows are hollow with a really thin wall - just like your instrument. This design allows them to vibrate much more easily than solid wooden sticks pulling a sound that is especially free and clear. Their response is extremely easy and the sound in the upper registers clear and rich. The articulation is significantly improved. You can also play more powerfully with an Arcus than with any other bow. Its sound will still be precise and clear. The projection is also improved, which is really helpful for all solos and chamber music concerts.
Incredible Lightness / Ease
We found that today the ideal weight of a bow can be found half way between the light clip-in-bows that were used until early the 19th Century and the heavy Romantic “modern” bows that followed them. A key element is the ideal distribution of the mass and the total balance of the bow. As we have figured that out quite nicely, an Arcus bow offers an entirely new playing experience: You can perfectly play Bach, Haydn or Mozart on an instrument with a modern setup, just as well as Brahms, Wagner or Bruckner.
No More Fatigue and Pain
Arcus bows have freed countless players from tiredness or pain in their bow arm. The microscopic roughness of the stick provides a perfectly safe hold, which allows to hold the bow with a relaxed grip, just as the lack of any stick wobble. But most importantly the Arcus bows avoid the low frequency vibration of around 50 Hz that all wooden bows produce (their fundamental resonance). In the Arcus bows this is at around 100 Hz and thus out of the dangerous spectrum. For a detailed explanation please continue here. If you know of a student, colleague, or friend with problems, please let them know there salvation can be found here.
Safe, Robust, and Perfectly Reliable
Wooden bows are prone to breaking, are subject to wear, and will all sooner or later suffer a fatal fatigue fracture. Properly made carbon fibre bows last virtually forever. That is why we offer a 30 year warranty on our sticks. We could even offer a 300 year warranty, but that would be considered unfair competition. (Which is actually in some ways exactly what Arcus bows provide. :) Wooden bows are cut straight and then bent over a flame. In contrast to this the Arcus sticks are laminated in the final curve, so they never lose their camber. The durability of the sticks is more than 10 times that of wooden sticks, which is why they can survive even serious accidents. The surface is so hard that playing “col-legno” doesn’t leave any marks on the stick. They are also completely immune to changes in the climate.
Arcus Bow Videos
Exciting background and practical knowledge about Arcus and more generally about bows can be found on our Youtube channel, such as tips on bow cleaning, the history and classification of our bows, how bows and strings work, exciting comparison tests and many other interesting topics.