It is now more than 14 years since Elida Trading first brought these bows into the UK on a commerical basis and made them well known. First, the fibreglass, advanced composite and carbongraphite. Then the braided carbonfibre bows came out and then the X series. In 2015 braided X bow came out and in 2016 there was another new model called the hybrid 2016BCFR. This bow has red nylon threads woven in with the carbon fibre. These not only look pretty but also reduce the stiffness of the bow, making it softer, more flexible. So for those who have found Glassers too stiff in the past, this may well be of interest.
Due to difficulties in importing from the USA, I was forced to downplay these bows for several years. No longer! I have now found a way to bring them over in a way that makes them a viable option for me as a seller. So, Glasser bows are here again and I am happy!
By the way, although there is a UK wholesaler who imports some of these bows and violins, I have by far the widest range of Glasser bows in the UK. Elida has always been known for looking where other retailers do not look and so it has been with Glasser.
Do not confuse these bows with cheap Chinese composite bows. These are made in New York and they are good. The BCF series needs to be compared with Coda rather than any others. These bows come in different qualities but I will not be stocking the very cheapest ones.
The bows (except the BCFR) are relatively heavy which makes it easy to draw a good tone and they are well liked by children as well as adult players. We have sold many of these in the past and the more expensive models in particular have been highly praised.
Bows are a very personal item, more so than violins, and more advanced players may well want to try several bows before making a decision. Our approval scheme allows for this - I can send up to five bows at a time.
The lead time on out of stock Glasser bows is only a couple of weeks.
In more amazing news, Glasser have now released carbonfibre violins which are within reach of an amateur player's budget.
Description: X series - carbon composite, half lined, large single pearl eye, nickel winding, imitation lizard grip. Sizes violin 4/4 to 1/32 including 1/10, viola 4/4 to 1/4, 4/4 to 1/10 (cello), 3/4 to 1/10 (bass)
Advanced Composite (AC) - carbon composite, fully lined, double eye, nickel winding, imitation lizard grip. Sizes 4/4 to 1/32 including 1/10 (violin), 4/4 to 1/4 (viola), 4/4 to 1/10 (cello), 3/4 to 1/10 (bass)
Carbongraphite (CG) - these are very nice bows for those who prefer a chunkier feel - the viola bow was my bow of choice for diploma level solo playing. Carbon composite, fully lined, double eye, nickel winding, imitation leather grip. Basically like the AC but higher quality. We have sold a lot of these and they are popular. Sizes 4/4 to 1/32 (violin), 4/4 to 1/4 (viola), 4/4 to 1/10 (cello), 3/4 to 1/10 (bass)
Braided carbonfibre - these have a solid core and are high level bows. I used one of these for orchestral playing (they are a bit lighter than the CG series). These bows come in several versions. The BCFX has a plastic tip and single eye and round stick. The BCF has a nickel tip, large eye and abalone pearl slide. The BCFK is the same but with an octagonal stick. The BCFR is like the BCF but with red nylon woven throughout which gives more flexibility and also looks wonderful. The BCFS and BCFSK have sterling silver mountings and a sterling silver tip and these two only are also available with a snakewood frog. The BCFX and BCF are available in sizes 4/4 to 1/2 (violin viola and cello), 3/4 and 1/2 (bass). The BCFK BCFR BCFS and BCFSK come in 4/4 only (violin viola and cello) and 3/4 only (bass)
Fibreglass coloured: available in bow colors: blue, gold, green, pink, purple, red, silver, and white. Hair colours: black, blue, green, pink, purple, red, and yellow. Available in 4/4 to 1/32 including 1/10 (violin), 4/4 to 1/4 (viola), 4/4 to 1/10 (cello), 3/4 to 1/10 (bass)
Texalium coloured: available in blue green purple red and silver with white hair. Sizes 4/4 to 1/4 (violin, viola), 4/4 only (cello), 3/4 only (bass)
Finally there are gold mounted BCF and BCFK bows available in 4/4 (violin viola cello) 3/4 (bass) but be warned they are not cheap and I would want to be very sure that you really wanted one before I ordered it!