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Carbon Fiber Upright Bass Bows

We currently offer two new brands of carbon fiber upright bass bows:  The new bass bow by Finale, and the Metropolitan bass bow, made by Codabow.  We offer each bow, both in the French or German style.  Why use or buy a carbon fiber bow?  At first there was a lot of mistrust regarding these new upright bass bows.  With so many ill fated attempts to use a 'man made' material to replace the old 'tried and true' wood of pernambuco, it's no wonder that it took a while to catch on.  Now with the advent of super composite (aerospace) technology, so many different combinations can actually quite perfectly mimic the density and playing properties of the very finest bows.  These bows will not warp, are hard to break or crack and can be re-haired and used just like any other fully professional level bow.  Many top classical and jazz players now have a good carbon fiber bow and use them as their every day bow.

Finale™ upright bass bows:

These are new and very, very impressive!  They are incredibly well balanced bass bows.   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 in symphony hall, I (as well as the rest of the bass section), was 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 it's carbon fiber!!  All of the Finale brand bows, come with a lifetime warranty.  We're happy to ship those contemplating a purchase of a good upright carbon fiber bow, one Finale andone Metropolitan bow to play can compare.  You can always send the other one (or both) back to us.   

How to order: All Finale bows are in stock!  Please go to the Finale bow (order page) for information and orders: http:www.stringemporium.com/finale-bass-bows.htm to order now.

Read what some are saying about the new Finale upright bass bow testimonials.

The Finale™ 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 old, beautiful traditions!)  The price is right too: $365 (case and rosin included!) 

Both the Finale German and French models come in solid black, a black carbon weave and now the new, carbon brown.  Please specify which style and finish when ordering.

The Finale French model carbon fiber bass bow: (click on any photo to get the larger, more detailed image)

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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 $365 ( also with case and rosin included).

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Please specify which style and finish when ordering.

Included with each new Finale bow, comes special hard bow case. (Shown below)

***With the purchase of both the Finale or Metropolitan carbon fiber bass bows, we offer a special package:  Each bow comes with a Bobelock hard case and choice of one upright bass rosin: Pop's, Carlsson, Nymans or Kolstein's Ultra bass rosin (soft only).   So pick a bow, a case and your favorite rosin!

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 on the 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:

The Metropolitan comes in both the French and German style.  They're good upright bass bows.  The length of the French style bow is 66 cm and they all weigh pretty close to 135-140 grams.  These have the braided carbon fiber weave look through out the bow and the cool logo on the frog side.  On the under slide of the bow, Codabow uses a sporty carbon fiber weave plate instead of the traditional pearl slide.  The price is $939. (including hard bow case and rosin.)

Have a question about any of the bows?  Just call or email us.

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The Metropolitan German upright bass bow:

The Metropolitan German style upright bass bow also has similar weight to their French model. The length is 69cm.  Price is also $939.

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