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Bowmaster by Super-Sensitive

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The Bowmaster is a training device to help beginners adopt the correct bow grip. 3 sizes.

Simple to install the Bowmaster slides onto the stick. The specially moulded shape assists the placing of the fingers.

Product specifications

  • Large-for 3/4 and full size cello.
  • Medium- for 3/4 & full size violin and viola. 1/4 & 1/2 cello.
  • Small- for 1/4 & 1/2 violin
  • Made in USA

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18/01/2011 16:35
Sale, United Kingdom


A possible useful aid to softening bow hand
7 out of 8 found the following review helpful

Pros: This is a useful product for helping a student relearn how to hold a bow in a relaxed and gentle way. It is helpful because the Bowmaster is both softer than wood and because its relative bulk encourages the player to hold the bow a little more loosely.

Cons: The bowmaster would be even better if it were made more simply, without the indentations for suggested placings for each finger. Each person's hand is unique, so the manufacturer's indentation suggestions may need to be taken with a pinch of salt......

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11/07/2016 23:31
Devon, United Kingdom


An easy way to promote a good relaxed bow hold.
5 out of 5 found the following review helpful

Pros: Since coming across the 'Bowmaster' bow grip about 3 years ago I have recommended it to a number of my 'cello students, both adults and children. Nearly all of them had the sensation that their bow was slippery and difficult to result, a tendency to grip the bow tightly, resulting in a stiff arm and shoulder, a bowing hand with no flexibility, bow angle all wrong, a poor tone, and all manner of other problems. Some of these students were beginners who I caught early on, but most had been playing for some while when they came to me. Only one student did not seem to benefit from trying the Bowmaster, but when we had a second shot at it 18 months later, it did work. The shaping of the ridge pattern on the Bowmaster is such that, by turning it slightly, it will adapt to the hand shape and size of all but the smallest students, giving a feeling of security. However, the real genius bit is that the material from which it is made has a slightly 'tacky' feel to it....a bit like Blue-tak.....and that gives the fingers some added purchase and security on the bow stick while it only needs to be held with a relaxed hand. In my view, this seems to be a sure-fire way to promote a good secure but relaxed bow hold.

Cons: None

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27/06/2011 15:49
Glossop, United Kingdom


As used by many full time pro's
3 out of 5 found the following review helpful

Pros: You don't have to remove existing lapping etc, just slides on. Very comfortable grip. Not just a teaching aid. Try it, you might be very surprised. Wouldn't be without it.

Cons: None

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26/03/2018 22:42
Cambridge, United Kingdom


Helps beginner cellists with bow hold

Pros: The soft rubberised grip is helpful. Plenty of clues for learners to identify a suitable place for thumbs and fingers.

Cons: It was quite difficult to ease onto the bow. I ended up using the large size even for a young beginner’s bow.

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03/11/2017 11:23
Sevenoaks, United Kingdom


Bowmaster is a big help

Pros: It really helps learn a good bow hold and stops thumb spipping

Cons: None

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24/03/2017 17:54
Stockton on Tees, United Kingdom


Good, but not perfect, at least for cello.

Pros: Improves grip without holding tightly, because the surface of the Bowmaster is not shiny.

Cons: If I put my thumb in the indentation where it seems to be intended to go my hand is too far away from the frog. I may cut some of the Bowmaster away to extend the slot which fits over the frog and so move it further towards the end of the bow. I'm still thinking about that.

Other: It has definitely improved my bow hold. I play cello, so I can't say what it would be like for a violinist.

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26/11/2014 19:35
Weston-super-Mare, United Kingdom


Very helpful

Pros: The Medium sized Bowmaster slid quite easily onto a 1/4 size cello bow and is definitely helping with my 8 year old daughter's bowhold. I'm tempted to try it with some of my violin pupils now

Cons: She now has a little sore patch on her thumb after playing for a whole morning at orchestra which she never complained of before

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Kenneth Watkin
10/11/2014 20:20
Neath, United Kingdom


An excellent contribution to bow training

Pros: An excellent aid to teaching a correct bow hold. It is easily mounted and taken off when needed. The light weight does not overly affect the balance of the bow.

Cons: For large hands I have to use the cello version and would, ideally, prefer the index finger position to be further forward.

Other: none

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03/10/2013 15:40
Cheshire, United Kingdom


Great help for players of all abilities
1 out of 2 found the following review helpful

Pros: Huge help to those finding difficulty with bow hold at outset. Have also used with non-beginners to great effect.

Cons: Dimple for little finger on top of bow works well for violins and violas, but more of a groove shape would be better to cater for cello bow hold.

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04/03/2013 11:21
Belper, United Kingdom


Jury still out!
2 out of 4 found the following review helpful

Pros: Cheaper than its competetitor!

Cons: Very difficult to get on, I used a bit of talcum powder to ease it on with.

Other: Still not sure about this. I bought it for my daughter who has a stiff bow hold and sticky out little finger that bends the wrong way. She really likes it and her bowing has improved. Would like to experiment with other students, particularly those with double jointed little fingers. Must add, it didn't suit me at all - but there again, I already have a brilliant bow hold!

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