Brazilwood Upright Bass Bows $150
Our own String Emporium exclusive Brazilwood bass bows are
simply the best buy for your money anywhere! These feel
and play like professional bows, but are very affordable. They
are copies of some very famous bows. Two French style bows: The
model of a fine Francois Tourte bow and a copy of a
Charles Peccatte bow. The German bow model is copied from
the great German upright bass bow maker, H.R. Pfretzschner.
The 3 bows that we offer here sell for $150
each. They are all finished in the traditional tung-oil, with deluxe
English, faux whale-bone wrapping. (In the old days, this was real
whale bone, but today this wrapping is made from some other deluxe
material, though it is not cheap plastic which is found on most bass
All bows come with a high grade, course, white ("grey"),
Mongolian horse hair. These are fabulous bows for comparing any
bow under $400! These upright bows are custom made for us and to our
exact specifications. Don't confuse these bows with other cheap
wooden, colored lacquered sticks you see in other shops or sites.
They are not 'clunky' imitations, but dead on copies that will often
compete quite favorably to the top notch, professional level bows.
These bows are specially made for the String Emporium. We also
offer these very same 3 models in pernambuco (see them
These bows aren't 'cheap' but made to last and be played a
long, long time.
Made with the new, Ebontek™ ebony frogs. We grew
wary of the un-seasoned, cheap ebony that is so common these days.
is a proprietary green technology cellulose and resin formula
specially made for our bows that we now use in our own Brazilwood
and Pernambuco frogs. It looks, plays and feels exactly as ebony and
actually has the same properties, including weight and density.
will not shrink, or crack and therefore can be used and keep your
bow nice for years to come! One cannot tell the difference in
appearance (You just cannot!) It is shaped and finished
exactly as ebony, but without having to chop down that endangered
tree! We do not use Ebontek to save money, but as an
upgraded (double the price) of the ebony. We just wanted
to make our bows the best in quality and dependability. While
these are affordable, they are not 'cheap' quality bows.
Tung Oil....Why? Tung oil is the traditional finish
that all the best pernambuco bows are finished with. We will
not artificially add color onto any bow. Sure, coloring or
varnishing, looks fantastic when the bow is new, but during the
first cleaning or bow re-hair, the color runs and the finish will
rub off or smudge. Tung oil adds the rich patina to the bow
(as seen on all of our deluxe pernambuco bows), but will protect it
and keep it so that with later re-hairs and cleanings, the bow still
looks like new.
Players often ask about the hair. We personally buy all
our hair from the same source in China and put it on all of our
bows. The world's best hair comes from far northern Mongolia.
The hair we usually use is referred to as "Mongolian Grey".
You'll see strands of black, but mostly off white and the hair truly
the best hair you'll ever play on: it grabs hard and stays this way
for a very, very long time.
String Emporium Brazilwood bows checklist:
- Our own exclusive models, measurements, weights and balance
points make a huge difference
- Special Ebontek™ ebony
frogs that will not shrink, crack or internally break apart over
- High quality faux 'whale-bone' wrapping (not the cheap
stuff that falls apart with use!)
- Specially sourced horse tail hair (the best in the world
that we use in all of our bows here!)
- Tung oil finish so that the color of your bow will not
discolor or come off after the first cleaning or bow rehair
- Made of high quality components and workmanship that will
withstand the test of time
The Francois Tourte model, French style upright bass
bow, is in the round style and is 67.5 cm. long. They average
around 134-138 grams. The bow is made and finished in the
traditional Tung-oil with good, faux English whale-bone
wrapping, with solid one-piece silver adjusters. $150
The Charles Peccatte, French style, upright bass
bow is a slightly shorter than the R.H. bow at around 66cm.
These bows are special with their cross section, elliptical
shape and they are our most popular bow. They average
around the same weight of 134-137 grams. These bows too are
wrapped in the faux whale-bone and have solid one-piece silver
These are the photos of the Tourte model, brazilwood, French
upright bass bow: (you can see the Peccatte model on the
pernambuco upright bass bows page) Click on any of these
photos for the full detailed image.
Here is the H.R. Pfretzchner bow. We copied these
exactly like the originals: Elegantly rounded ebony frogs that fit
in the the hand, in the plain (without a pearl dot or eye) and like
the original Pfretzschner, no wrapping used on these bows either.
Same tung-oil finish, with a long, ebony adjuster. $150
Order a String Emporium brand, Brazilwood French
or German bow:
$150 plus $20
shipping is $170 total for shipping within USA.
International customers outside of
USA, we ship everywhere. You can simply select your
item and the shopping cart will say how much shipping is for
(Elliptical shape and slightly shorter)
(round shape and longer model).
Pfretzchner German model
We offer THREE special
packaged deals when buying a new bow from us! You can select a
combination of bow case and rosin, a Reunion Blues bow quiver and
rosin or a combination of all three, R.B. quiver, bow case and
We're running low on the brown chestnut colored bow quivers, so
in this special, only black is available.
Bow Case and Rosin
Blue Bow Quiver and Rosin (only black available for this
Bow Case, R.B. Quiver and Rosin (saves $54)