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In-Home Bow Trial
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  • Three Bows - One Week - Free Consultation
  • Free Professional Consultation - We'll call, after receiving your order, to discuss bow selection, and to assist you in selecting bows for the trial that are most likely to meet your individual needs.
  • Initial $20.00 trial fee will be deducted from the bow's purchase price, if a bow is selected from the trial. Scroll down for additional details . . .

Credit card required for trial orders. Please select Credit Card during checkout, not Paypal. Thank you for your understanding!
Our Price: $20.00

Estimated Arrival: Call to inquire. Shipping times depend on availability of bows selected.
Product Code: BOWTRIAL

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Bow Trial Program

The best way to evaluate a bow is to play it for yourself. That's why we offer this bow trial program! Just complete the information, above, and click Add To Cart. Then select Checkout (no PayPal please), to provide us with your address and payment information. When we receive your trial request, we'll contact you by phone to discuss your particular goals and what bows/makers/models are most likely to work well for you.


The cost of the initial trial is $20.00 (plus shipping). If you choose to keep one of the bows, we'll credit $20.00 toward the purchase price. If you don't find a bow you like, just send the bows back to us using the pre-paid return label that we provide.


We ship trials by UPS Ground with a signature required upon delivery. For security reasons, bows must ship to your verified credit card billing address. If you're not at home when delivery is attempted, the package will be held for pickup, at your convenience, at a local UPS affiliate. We cover the cost of return shipping and include a pre-paid UPS return label with the bows.

May I have bows shipped to a different address?

Sorry, for security reasons, we require that the bows ship to your credit card billing address.

When will I get my bows?

Shipping time will depend on the availability of the bows selected. Some bows may have a waiting list and/or take time for us to obtain. We'll do our best to gather the bows in a timely fashion for you. Once shipped, trials typically arrive by UPS Ground in 2-7 days.

One-Week Trial

Once you've had the bows in your possession for a full week, we ask that you return them so that we can service other customer requests. Shipping time is not counted as part of the seven days. If a few extra days would be helpful, send us an email. We are often able to approve a short extension.

Payment for Bows Purchased

Please refer to the order form included with the trial for pricing. If you choose to purchase a bow, please indicate this on the order form and return with any bows that you choose not to keep. When we receive the returned trial, we'll charge to the credit card that you used to purchase the trial. If you prefer to pay via a different card or other method, just give us a call. We'll be happy to arrange payment by whatever method works best for you.

Can I arrange a second trial with different bows?

Additional trials can usually be arranged, provided the requested bows are available. Please stay in touch with us by email to let us know how the trial is going, and to request additional trials.

Average Rating: Average Rating: 5 of 5 5 of 5 Total Reviews: 68 Write a review »

  0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:
5 of 5 Bow Trial with a Sonic Sommelier December 9, 2022
Reviewer: T from United States  
With Jim as a unique, sonic sommelier, the Bow Trial is one of the best things to happen on the Quest. 4 mailed: 3CF+1Pernam; shipped fast, well packed. Should've taken 3 days to pick, but cascading, fortuitous events needed verification; recording for "objective proof of Sanity" was QED. Behooves all to test 1 CF bow veering from Traditional/Comfortable. A cutting-edge, modern design gave me what was needed: a multidimensional scaling of expression + skill. If not married to any genre or style, and phys. adaptation is quick, then non-standard bow tests are a must. If nuances of perf. pieces are deeply embedded in muscle mem + mind, and in freq. use, then best not to go crazy unless time is in abundance.  Might have to relearn/revisit most everything bcuz there's newfound Freedom w/ anything not to-spec; with Freedom you get Ideas, and with Ideas you get to play--seriously Play. Likelihood of 2nd trial, but it's just a Q of when. Thank you for being there and offering this experience!

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5 of 5 Highly recommend November 14, 2022
Reviewer: Christine Kharazian from Silver Spring, MD United States  
I am very grateful to Fisher Violins for the opportunity to try the Arcus bows. In my quest of finding my Arcus companion I actually did 3 trials. James Fisher was very patient and accommodating. He listened carefully and made suggestions that eventually brought me to M8 with which I am very happy.

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5 of 5 Arcus Cello Bow Trial July 2, 2022
Reviewer: Carl Geyer from Concord, MA United States  
Tried Arcus Bows:  T8,M8 and S8.  Luis and Clark Cello.  T8 was excellent.  Would strongly consider the purchase.  However, had a Coda Marquise which factored into the purchase of a contemporary Bow Maker.

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5 of 5 Excellent Service May 24, 2022
Reviewer: Kim Heiss from Gainesville, FL United States  
This is my second time over the course of 6 years that I have used the In-Home Bow Trial from J.S. Fisher, and I must say that Mr. Fisher has been the most pleasant and informative of the 3 bow trial services I have used.  I highly recommend his company for their quality products and their great service.

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5 of 5 Best service ever! May 17, 2022
Reviewer: Vanessa from El Paso, TX United States  
The music stores in my area are very small and very limited in what they carry. I had been curious about the Arcus bows for a long time seeing them on Youtube. James is very professional with recommending bows based on playing style and the type of sound you want from your violin. Highly recommend!

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