Replacing Pernambuco

More than 200 years ago bowmakers found that Pernambuco was the best wood to make bows from, as it offers superior resiliency, strength and resonance compared to all other traditional materials. Pernambuco stems from the Mata Atlantica, the coastal rainforrest in Brazil that is now almost completely lost. In 2007 Pernambuco was listed as an endagered species. Since then the stocks are shrinking, prices are raising and lesser quality of wood is used which would have been discarded in better times. Especially in the middle price range it has become almost impossible to find a good quality Pernambuco bow.

Matching Modern Strings

When the "modern" bow was designed in France around 1800 the instruments of the violin family used almost exclusively pure gut strings. Those strings were much lighter than today's composite and steel core strings with metal windings. The discrepancy between the relatively soft wooden 

bows and heavy modern strings ads to the difficulties in playing the violin instruments. 

We have designed the Müsing bows with just the right resiliency to match modern strings and thus make your playing more natural and easy.

Reducing the Resin Content in Carbon Fiber Bows

Simple "carbon" bows actually consist of more epoxy resin than carbon fibers. Producing such bows is relatively simple and not much more difficult than making wooden bows. The problem is that the resin (mostly Epoxy) dampens the high frequency overtones. If you play with such a bow you will notice that the sound is quite dull and uninspiring. Its projection is also compromised though it may sound quite full under the ear.

To achieve the same resonance as fine Pernambuco bows we had to reduce the resin content in the stick. We could achieve this only by developing an entirely new production technology for which we use 3-D woven carbon fibers. The result is a resonance quality and overtone-rich sound that is indistinguishable from expensive wooden bows.

Creating a Perfect Bounce

The bounce of a bow is a result of its curve, stiffness, weight, balance point and especially the distribution of resiliency and weight along the stick. We have build a theoretical model around our own playing experience, calculations, hard thinking and lots of computer based finite element analysis. You will be surprised how easy it is to control the bounce of the Müsing bows and equally easy to stop the bounce again and pull a perfect detaché.

Travel the World

Tip plates made from ivory, frog from tortoiseshell or ivory, whalebone windings, lizard skin thumb leather - just to name a few: Many traditional bows feature materials that are no longer allowed across borders. The intention is the protection of endangered species, and though one may argue its usefulness, many orchestras and musicians are nowadays looking for bows they can use for their international concerts. The Müsing bows are the first carbon bows that not only allow to travel unrestricted, but also sound and play as good as their traditional bows.  

The End of Fatigue and Pain

If you are one of too many musicians who experience a tired bow arm or shoulder, sore thumb or other discomfort in your right hand, playing with a Müsing bow may surprise you with a long lost comfort and ease. You may in fact lose that trouble altogether. The reason behind it is the different fundamental resonance of the bow stick, as is not as low as in a wooden bow and thus much less troublesome.

Finding the Right Bow

It is virtually impossible to make two exactly identical bow sticks from carbon fiber composite. You will find that all Müsing bows vary not only in looks and weight, but also in play and feel. So in case you are not completely happy with one certain bow, please try another one of the same type. We classify the sticks for their resonance quality, which also varies quite a bit.

Our most economic C2 bows offer a sound that is still more powerful and richer than pretty much every other carbon bow (Arcus and other Müsing bows excluded). Our medium C3s sound as beautiful as good quality pernambuco bows. The sound of our top model C4 is a match to fine old bows and will never disappoint you, even when playing solo in a large hall.

Made in Germany

Enjoying a 15 year warranty

All Müsing bows are designed and made in Würzburg, Germany, with utmost care and dedication. By using only the best available materials and our propriatory process the quality of the Müsing bows is unsurpassed in their class. We can therefore offer a warranty of 15 years on the stick. The frog is covered by a 2 year warranty. These warranties are transferable and not limited to the initial owner.

The hair, winding, thumb leather screw and eye are excluded from the warranty as they are subject to normal wear and tear.