Brazilwood and Ebony Viola Bow by Franz Sandner

£36.00 inc VAT & Free Delivery in the UK
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This is an excellent bow for the beginner viola player. This is a simple correctly made bow adequate for beginners or as a back up. Progressing players will require something a bit better. The bow is made of Brazilwood, a traditional material for student bows, with an octagonal stick and solid ebony frog. The frog is 'half mounted' i.e. of solid wood without a metal backing plate and features a pearl dot decoration. See photo. The lapping is a 2 colour plastic with a leather thumbgrip. The natural horsehair is pre-rosined with quality professional grade rosin so the bow is available for immediate use. The bow can be rehaired in the normal way

Unless stated otherwise all our bows are supplied with a starter coat of premium quality William Salchow rosin. Good, fresh rosin is essential to obtain the best performance from any bow.


  • Nicely made octagonal Brazilwood stick, ebony frog with pearl eye and nickel silver fittings.
  • Imitation whalebone lapping and leather thumb grip.
  • Natural horsehair.
  • Weight: 71 grams

Customer reviews:

Rating Summary
Hannah Stopper
16/05/2011 18:55
Musselburgh, United Kingdom


Cheap and cheerful
3 out of 4 found the following review helpful

Pros: Cheap and good value for money for someone who only occasionally plays

Cons: nothing really, bow was as expected, felt a little lighter than my old one but I'm sure I will get use to it.

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23/05/2019 14:13
Brora, United Kingdom

Keen Amateur

Experimental use on octave strung fiddle.

Pros: The purchase was an "experiment" to use with octave strings on a 4/4 fiddle (which take a "lot of work" especially on the low G2 and D3 strings). It is probably a "good beginner bow" for a violist - but - see "cons"

Cons: Not as heavy as I had expected. My 2-star pernambuco violin bow actually worked better (for what I was doing - see "pros"). Don't know why really- may be the hair (same rosin was used). I tried it on the (normally strung) fiddle, and, yes, it plays, feels and articulates much like a low-end violin bow. My CF violin bows are better. End result - well - it's a cheap spare bow I can use on (normal) violin if push-comes-to shove.

Other: Although it didn't really suit my purpose, I give it 3 stars on the basis of "it is what it is at the price"

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22/04/2017 13:22
South West, United Kingdom


Can't fault it although I'm no expert!

Pros: My son has just started on the viola although he already plays the violin. We are borrowing a viola from school but it did not come with a bow! My son was using his old 3/4 size violin bow for the viola but I decided to give him the proper tool to use so to speak. He says that this is light to use and is much better than the violin bow.

Cons: Can't think of anything we didn't like.

Other: Arrived promptly and I thought it was reasonably priced.

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21/03/2016 17:00
Hook, United Kingdom

Keen Amateur

Definitely value for money.

Pros: A lightweight, flexible yet durable bow. Decent tone production.

Cons: Would suit orchestral playing than sonata movements.

Other: I bought this as an extra bow to have in my case just in case of whatever emergency might happen at the eleventh hour before a performance.

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28/05/2013 12:10
Sheffield, United Kingdom


Excellent - will use again
1 out of 2 found the following review helpful

Pros: Very good quality

Cons: nothing

Other: Delivered promptly.

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