JonPaul Muse Viola Bow


JonPaul Muse Viola Bow

Sale price$1,072.00
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SKU: JP852


JonPaul developed the Muse in response to the many requests for a bow that performs like the Carrera, but at a more affordable price.

Hand colored and finished like the Carrera, JonPaul included everything possible to resemble its older sibling. It is mounted beautifully in Sterling silver with the “hand finished” texture. The stick is generally stiffer than the Carrera, but has many of the same rich tones and refined feel.

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Joshua A.
United States United States

Great performance for this price range.

When I got my new viola, I was very curious how I could get a better tone out of my instrument, and figured a nicer bow would fit the bill. After carefully narrowing down the bows I wanted based on research online, I read a lot of good things about JonPaul bows. I didn't want to go all the way up in price to their top-tier offerings, so I tried the Muse, which was the middle-tier offering. The Muse was definitely a good performer. The tone is a much more lovely sound than what I can get out of my $70 Fiddlerman Carbon Fiber bow. It has a richness that is more solid than what I was expecting out of carbon fiber bows in general. The bow handles well, and I found it easy to play just about anything with it. Definitely easier than the Fiddlerman bow, and it has clear string-starts. Overall, I was happy with its performance. However, I also had a chance to try out a CodaBow Marquise GS at the same time, and I fell in love with that bow. The Marquise has a significantly better tone, and out-of-this-world handling and control. It made a day-and-night difference in how I sounded, as well as being incredibly clean to play without effort. Obviously, the Marquise costs 40% more than this bow. But what I gained with the extra cost was definitely worth it to me, personally, so I decided to keep the Marquise instead of the Muse. For those that wish to have great sound at this price range, though, this one is definitely a keeper. It assuredly has good sound and playability, so it's hard to go wrong with it, in my opinion.

Fiddlershop founders, Michael Holstein and Pierre Holstein, posing in the Fiddlershop workshop with some of their favorite violin and violas for some of the best workshops

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Fiddlershop is a small family-owned business located in South Florida. Since 2012 we have been serving the string community with quality instruments and accessories. We believe that music and instruments should be accessible to everyone at a price they can afford.

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Orders placed after November 15th will have at least until January 31st, 2023 to return or exchange.