The development of the latest generation of our bass bows was a truly fascinating experience. It now looks like we have disentangled the Gordian knot and found the ideal sound and playing characteristics without the need to make any compromises. The new Arcus bass bows are incredibly open and free sounding and produce almost no noise, which renders the sound much more singing and improves projection dramatically. The elasticity of the sticks match the elasticity of modern bass strings precisely so bouncing bows are very natural and easy to play. The fast response provides a new level of articulation and precision. Have you also heard of the idea that bass bows should be very heavy? Basic physics tell us that a heavy bow will be slow to move and hard work to push around. Advanced physics teach us that they also dampen the vibration of the strings. In contrast to makers of wooden bows we are free to chose weight and elasticity for our bows and have found a the ideal solution in a design that consists of a relatively heavy head and heel and a very light shaft. Once you have learned how to make best use of this kind of bow you will never want to play anything else. By the way, these bows speak so easily that you can play all kinds of strings with them really well, even those that are normally used only for pizzicatto, like Spirocores for example.
The German Bassbows
~ S8 ~
In every batch of bass sticks we hope to find one that will make an S8, but that works out only two or three times a year. They are miracle sticks that vibrate endlessly without any resistance or disturbances. When played the are a true revelation that never fails to win the attention of very listener.
~ S7 ~
The performance of the S7 is really close to the S8 and far away from all conventional bows. It draws a big, colourful sound with an apparently limitless overtone range. Its response is instant, the articulation precise, boucing bows precise, fast and easy to execute. Many very conservative players have changed their mind once they had a chance to play one these bows.
~ S6 ~
The S6 can be found in many orchestras around the world. it is chosen for its effortless play, a fabulous sound and absolute reliability. The beautiful snakewood frog and immaculate workmanship make it a pleasure to look at.
~ S5 ~
The S5 offers great value for money. It plays and sounds like traditional bows that cost twice or three times its price. Its reliability, comfort and strength is still on a very different level and can be matched only with another Arcus bow.
~ S4 ~
The S4 is a perfect entry into the Arcus world. Outclassing any other carbon bow and matching the finest wooden bows, it offers great value for money. Though its sound is not as rich and brilliant as its more expensive siblings, for most players it is still the biggest improvement in their “material” that they have ever experienced.
The French Bassbows
A clear, singing sound, rich and warm with plenty of brilliance, crisp articulation, fast response - the Arcus bass bows improve the sound of every bass by quite a margin. The lower weight in combination with the incredibly strong stick allow the fastest and strongest play ever while also providing unmatched ease and comfort.
~ S8 ~
Only a few S8 bows are made every year. In the past we thought it impossible to achieve this level of resonance in bass sticks, but we never gave up and finally succeeded. Let us know if you wish to try one this truly outstanding bows, as they are usually sold before they are finished.
~ S7 ~
The S7 is a dream come true and will put you under its eternal spell really soon. It draws a marvellous sound with incredible ease and allows to play all your music with more precision, elegance and power than you had ever thought possible. You, your colleagues and your audience will love it.
~ S5 ~
The S5 is perfect bow for the orchestra. Easy to handle and with really good resonance characteristics it allows perfect playing under all circumstances. Like all Arcus bows it allows for endless playing without hurting the bow arm. It is also absolutely reliable and durable and will please its owner for decades to come without ever loosing any of its qualities.
~ S4 ~
The S4 is a great bow at a bargain price. Its sound betters any conventional carbon bow and most wooden bows, no matter what their price tag says. Difficult bowings and fast passages are easy to execute precisely due to its ideal bounce and balance. Because of its clear sound and precise feedback it is also the ideal bow to improve your intonation and technique.
Since we made the first bass bows in 2002 we have made many different models and tried various designs. Though most players clearly prefer out latest models, some just love the bows from our earlier series.