Bows & Rosin
Even if you owned that most beautifully-crafted stringed instrument in the world, you can't underestimate the importance of a quality bow and rosin when it comes to your instrument's playability and sound. In fact, a new bow goes hand in hand with rosin, because it's the rosin that will provide your bow with the friction it needs to produce a sound. The good news is that you don't need to look any further for bows and rosin. All the top brands are here, including The String Centre, Bellafina, Andrea and many others.
Throughout these pages you'll discover bows for the violin, cello, viola and double bass. There are a few different types of materials used in the making of bows, but Brazilwood bows are definitely the most popular among beginners and intermediate players. You'll find a wide range of affordable Brazilwood bows here. For example, the top-selling Bellafina Student Brazilwood Viola Bow 4/4 Size features a pearl eye and slide, nickel/silver ferrule and a leather grip. As for more advanced players, try something more durable like a carbon-fiber bow. There are plenty of great models available, and many 4/4 size cello players agree that the P&H Size Master Class Carbon Fiber Cello Bow is the best on the market. This carbon-fiber bow is based on ground-breaking re-hair technology and has exceptional balance.
As you've probably guessed, there are more than enough top-rated rosin options in this section as well. If you play the double bass, then turn your attention to the Carlsson Bass Rosin. This premium Swedish bass rosin is favored by concert pros around the world and you'll understand why quickly after applying it. As for violin, viola or cello players, try a best seller like the Pirastro Gold Rosin for Violin, Viola, or Cello Standard. This medium light rosin comes in the preferred "round cake" style and will no doubt improve your performance and instrument tone significantly.
With so many bow and rosin options to consider, it would take forever to discuss each one in detail, so feel free to explore the rest of the catalog. If you still can't decide on a bow, ask an experienced player or music teacher for guidance - basically, the right bow should feel like an extension of your arm. Also, don't be afraid to ask for advice on rosin (including how much should be applied to your instrument). Of course, when you're ready to make a purchase, just remember that all the bows and rosin choices you'll ever need can be found right here.