The UB Workshop Double Bass Bow (offered in both German and French styles) is the culmination of our search to produce a quality wooden bass bow that is functional without compromising aesthetics and musicality. Crafted of Brazilwood, the sticks are octagonal and reddish; light-weight, strong and very responsive. The frogs are 100% ebony, adorned with a Parisienne eye of figured abalone shell. The slide is also abalone, and the ferrules and buttons are nickel.
The UB Workshop Double Bass Bow is a great starter bow for players looking for a bow with better tone and playability than fiberglass, yet with similar strength and durability. These bows are real workhorses, perfect for the discerning student or seasoned player looking for a bow to bring to lessons or outdoor performances. At $259, they are an economically priced bow suited for beginners, part-time arco players, or advanced bassists looking for a solid backup.
The UB Workshop Double Bass Bow is available in French and German Styles, with several hair color options. PLEASE SELECT YOUR OPTIONS IN THE CUSTOMIZATION TAB ABOVE BEFORE ADDING THE ITEM TO YOUR CART.
All of our UB Workshop Double Bass Bows are made in China to our specifications and are hand-inspected by us and feature a fresh hank of black or white hair. We literally torque and twist every bow to guarantee you do not get a “squishy” stick or a wood flaw that would have resulted in a premature fracture. We would love to make them in house, like our basses, but we could simply not afford to make them for the $259 price (most shops charge $75 to $150 just to do a rehair, nevermind make an entire bow!). We’ve even scoured European workshops trying to find something that can compete with the undervalued Chinese currency and labor rates, and to date, we have found nothing better for the price.
Gary’s Thoughts: The importance of owning a quality wooden double bass bow is an undervalued and often overlooked necessity. Typically regarded as “second” to the instrument, the bow is, in fact, the key that unlocks your bass’ true tonal potential, and no bow yields a better tone than those made of wood. Although there are several kinds of artificial options on today’s market, bassists time and time again find themselves returning to a solid wood stick because, ultimately, they produce the warmest and most authentic tone.
Your satisfaction is guaranteed! If for any reason you are not satisfied with your purchase, simply let us know within 7 days and we will refund the entire amount of your purchase, including shipping.
Here is what our customers say about UB Workshop Double Bass Bows:
by Ryan G: “An excellent bow, especially for the price. This bow (German) is well-made and well balanced. The wood seems high quality, and the ebony fittings and abalone inlays are a great touch. The bow is lightweight and produces a wonderful, full tone. I was pleased with it from the first moment I drew it across the strings. It is tenfold times better than the fiberglass bow I’d been using (no surprise) and for just a fraction of the cost more. I’d recommend this bow to anyone in the market for a Brazilwood, and in fact, have recommended it to several players already.”
by Bob R: “I recently purchased one of the Upton Bass Workshop French bows. After using the bow, I have to say I am truly amazed. The Upton Bass bow is comparable to other bows costing much more. In fact, I liked this bow so much, I just ordered a second one.”
by Fredrick S: “I purchased one of these bows (French) with my Upton Bass bag and can I say, Wow! I would pay 3 times that amount! I have been using it on Thursdays with the orchestra and it’s very even and responsive. I will be recommending these bows to all my students and stand mates!”
Upton Bass is a double bass specialty company located in Mystic, Connecticut. We are ready to offer advice and answer any questions you have regarding your double bass, strings for your double bass, or related topics. Any questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call our shop at (860) 535-9399. Our hours of operation are Tuesday through Saturday 10 am – 6 pm.