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Viola Bows

Find the perfect Viola Bow. We have bows for viola players of all levels. Viola bows for beginners, bows for intermediate players as well as viola bows for advanced players.

We also have Pernambuco Viola Bows as well as the modern Carbon Fibre Viola Bows.

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Viola Bow Sizes

Viola bows are slightly shorter than violin bows (about 1/2" shorter). They are normally heavier and often have a curved frog (as compared to violin bows which have straight edges). Viola bows also tend to have more bowhair than violin bows.

Viola bow overall lengths range from 15 (1/32) inches for a child to 29 (4/4) inches for an adult.

Types of Viola Bows

The most common wood types used to make viola bows are Pernambuco and brazilwood.

Pernambuco, native to Brazil, is the primary choice for professional players, its wood is dense and heavy and has the right mix of strength and responsiveness. Pernambuco is now on an endangered species list and is more difficult to acquire.

Brazilwood is a similar type of wood also found in Brazil and is very good alternative. It is more affordable and ideal for students and beginners.

Carbon fibre technology has allowed the introduction of synthetic bows that are great for new and intermediate players.

Viola bow sticks come in two shapes, round and octagonal. There isn't much functional difference between the two although aesthetically the octagonal may look better. Octogonal bows are also harder and more time-consuming to make.

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