Upright Bass Bows
We are very proud to offer Finale bass bows. A professional quality
carbon fiber bow, at an incredibly affordable price. Finally, after
many (!) month's wait, we now have our famous Finale bows back in stock!
These bows are made out of specially formulated carbon
graphite weave, with a small kevlar core mixture that helps
stabilize the balance and playing action of the bow. The frogs are
now being made from a new exclusive proprietary frog material,
Ebontek™. We use the
best Mongolian horse tail hair on all of our bows. All these
'ingredients' matter, to make a great playing, professional quality bass bow!
Finale® upright bass bows,
$365 including premium bow case and rosin:
What makes these bows so crazy great? These are
very impressive in that if the player closes his/her eyes...the
feel, weight, balance and playability of the bow feels incredibly
close to some very expensive bass bows.
They are incredibly well balanced bass bows.
As a player, I have to admit that at first, I was a little
skeptical...and a little snobby, but when I first used one on my
bass at symphony hall, I (as well as the rest of the bass section),
we were all in a state of shock. It simply draws more sound out of the
bass and like a great 'master' bow, grips the string from end to
end. It feels like a really nice Pernambuco bow, but it's
black (and now brown) and it's carbon fiber!! All of the
Finale brand bows, come with a lifetime warranty.
Why does "balance" matter? By playing on a very balanced bow,
the player does not have to change or adopt to the weight
distribution and at the same time, if the bow is super balanced, it
makes the bow far easier when playing on alternate string crossings
and with fast, detache' bowing.
French, upright bass bow is 66.5 cm long and they average around 137
grams. (ranging between 134-140) The have a nice deep camber.
A notable attraction on the Finale French bass bows, is the Abalone
pearl dot on the frog with the
'Parisian eye' or silver ring which surrounds the dot. (A
nice added touch of elegance here where they combine the new
technology to the old and beautiful traditions!) The price is
right too: $365 (professional case and rosin included!)
The Finale French model carbon fiber bass bow: (click on any
photo to get the larger, more detailed image)
The Finale™ German bows have a nicely shaped ebony
frog that seems to fit nicely into the average size hand.
Again, it's rounded quite like the famous older, Pfretzschners.
The frogs are purposely left plain and the bow is without wrapping
as well. The length is 69.5 cms. The under-slide (by the hair
in the frog) also has the Abalone pearl. Another special added
touch is that the bow adjusters on the German model are solid
ebony, not plastic. They are beautiful upright bass bows and
play like $3,000 sticks! (The German upright bass bows are
also $340 ( also with case and rosin included).
Some recent improvements:
After many years of offering only the solid or weave pattern
black finish, we now offer a new brown weave pattern bow. Not only
is the finish different, but the actual type and technological specs of
the carbon fiber material and
manufacturing process is slightly different. We get a slightly
stiffer bow (not always good, but in this case, it is), and gives
the bow a little more 'pop' at the beginning of the note and we
noticed, more power! Funny, to be honest, Steve (the owner)
simply wanted a rich looking brown
'stick' to carry out on stage to blend in with all the other
pernambuco colored bows on either side. Surprisingly, we found a very special Japanese
company that makes a unique weave fiber, that actually made the bow better.
Some of the best inventions were first, an accident! Steve,
only wanted brown, but after first trying 6 different carbon fiber
composites, tried this one as an after thought and here we are with
this great (brown) bow that plays and looks incredibly.
Our apologies on price as the brown 'boutique' Japanese import costs
us double on material cost, with added labor. $400 (with case and rosin).
Both the Finale German and French models come in solid black,
black weave or brown weave. With each order, we include a
professional quality bow case and your choice of premium rosin.
Both the Satin Black or Black Weave bows sell for $365
plus shipping, whereas the Brown Weave bows are $400.
Here, you can first choose your model (French or German), then the
color finish and then your rosin. Our Finale bow cases are
exclusively made for us by Bobelock (Sometimes, when we run
out of these cases, we substitute them with our specially made
String Emporium brand bow cases.) In this 'case', we simply
email our customer back and ask for his/her color choice. (The S.E.
cases come in blue, brown, black, burgundy or green.) We also
offer this replacement as an easy option: If you would rather
simply get one of the S.E. bow cases instead, you can simply write
it in your order notes along with your color preference.
Order here if you are delivering anywhere within the USA:
Shipping is $20
Order here if you are delivering
of USA, including Canada:
Shipping is $65
Included with each new Finale bow, our exclusive case by
Bobelock: click photo for larger image
Another Finale Bass Video
There are 2 really great videos comparing the Finale bow to
another great (expensive) bow. One of the best known videos is
found on Jason Heath's Double Bassblog. The other newer one is found
upright bass videos page here. (On this page, there are a
lot of performances, but you can find the Finale Demo towards the
bottom of the page.)
On our video, Steve plays his Italian bass and a very rare (and
expensive) PW Bryant bow. The Bryant is by the famous English bow
maker of the 1960's (not to be confused with the contemporary,
present day English bass maker, also named Paul Bryant. The PW
Bryant bows average about $6,000 nowadays, but you will see a range
of between $4-7k. On the video, I don't talk too much, (I was
nervous!), but I play an A - B comparison of a couple of excerpts so
one hear any difference. They match pretty closely and I think
the Finale pulls away in the lead towards the end of the video.
You can hear the fullness that it pulls out of the bass. The
point of the video is to show that while the Finale bows are only
$340, they perform and actually compete with the best and most
expensive hand made bows out there.
The Metropolitan French upright
bass bow, by Codabow:
These fine bows are now on their own dedicated website page.
Please go to
Metropolitan Upright Bass bow.