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L'archet Brasil Full-Mount Nickel Ipe Viola Bow with Snakewood Frog

Our Price: $820


  • Aged ipe wood
  • Fully-mounted nickel snakewood frog with Parisian eye
  • Abalone slide
  • Bone tip

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This striking, fully-mounted nickel viola bow has a beautiful snakewood frog. It has a brown leather grip, which compliments the tones found in the snakewood. Crafted from Brazilian ipe wood by L'archet Brasil bow maker J. R. Silva, we selected this bow for its balance, sound, beauty, and playability. L'archet bows are created with the quality craftsmanship that can enhance the sound you and your instrument produce. We can set up an in-home trial to help you find the bow that is suits your playing style. 

Bow Features:

  • Aged Ipe wood 
  • Fully-mounted nickel frog with Parisian eye
  • Abalone slide 
  • Bone tip 
  • Silver winding 
  • Goat-leather thumb-grip
  • Stamped with bow maker's name

While Pernambuco has been the top wood choice of bow makers for the last couple hundred years, the scarcity of the wood and new regulations governing the sale and harvesting of Pernambuco has led to scarcity of new pernambuco bows and big price jumps. L'Archet Brasil has introduced a new lineup using a similar wood known as ipe or Brazilian walnut. Ipe is a broad term used for several similar species of trees. After trying several similarly-priced pernambuco bows back-to back with ipe bows, I'm happy to report that, in blindfold test, our violists couldn't discern the differences between the ipe and pernambuco bows. L'Archet Brasil will still be offering ipe bows even when  pernambuco is again available for export. Try these bows and discover how good they are. We were able to choose these bows out of a huge selection to offer the best in playability and tone production. 

L'archet Brasil Full-Mount Nickel Ipe Viola Bow with Snakewood Frog in action