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In-Home Bow Trial
In-Home Bow Trial
Note: The cost of the trial will be credited toward the price of the bow, if a bow is purchased.
Our Price: $20.00

Availability: Call to Inquire
Product Code: BOWTRIAL

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Bow Trial Program

Not sure which bow is right for you? The best way to evaluate a bow is to play it for yourself. So, sign up now for our simple and convenient bow trial program! Just pick up the phone and call, toll-free, 800-372-4151, for a free consultation. We'll talk with you about your current bow and answer any questions you have about the bows that we have available. Then, we'll ship you up to three bows of your choosing, by Priority Mail, for you to audition in the comfort of your own home. It's fast and convenient. And, there's no obligation to purchase a bow.

How it Works

  • Call 800-372-4151 for a free consultation.
  • Or, to get started immediately, add this Bow Trial to your cart and proceed through our secure online checkout. Just click Add To Cart, above. (Do not add the bows to the cart.)
  • We'll call you within one business day to talk about what bows might best suit your needs. (Note: We won't complete any charge to your credit card until after we've spoken and arranged for the shipment of the bows.)
  • When you receive the bows, try them out for up to a week, in the comfort of your own home.
  • Then, simply return any bows that you choose not to keep, using the pre-paid return label that we provide.
  • We'll charge you only for what you keep. There is no obligation to make a purchase.

Q. What is the cost of the trial?
A. We charge a refundable trial fee of $20.00. If you decide to purchase one of the bows that we send, we'll give you your money back! (The fee is refunded only if a bow from the trial is purchased.) We provide the bows, free shipping, and a prepaid return label. And, best of all, if you buy a bow, the trial is free!

Q. Can I have the bows shipped to a different address?
A. For security reasons, the bows must be shipped to your credit card billing address.

Q. When will I get the bows?
A. If all requested bows are in stock, we usually ship within 1-2 business days. (Arcus bows often take a few extra days.) Once shipped, Priority Mail typically arrives in 2-3 days. A signature will be required upon delivery. But, don't worry - if they miss you, you can pick up the bows at your local post office.

Q. How do I return the bows?
A. Simply place any bows that you choose not to keep back in the bow case, place the case back in the original packaging, and secure with tape. Apply the provided USPS or UPS return label, cover or mark out any old labels, and take either to your local post office (if USPS label) or to the nearest UPS shipping center (for UPS labels).

Q. Can I do a second trial?
A. Certainly! We'll be happy to arrange for additional trials. However, due to the costs involved in obtaining, preparing, shipping, and insuring the bows, we do charge the higher, non-refundable trial fee of $40.00 for additional trials. Should you decide to make a purchase, only the initial fee of $20.00 will be credited to the purchase price.

Call us now at 800-372-4151. We look forward to speaking with you!

Average Rating: 5 of 5 Total Reviews: 26 Write a review »

  0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:
Thank you!! February 9, 2019
Reviewer: Michael Relland from oklahoma city, OK United States  
Such an easy process, and of course so informative to have this opportunity to try out bows.  mailing label provided.  no problems.  Thanks, James!

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Trial, excellent January 12, 2019
Reviewer: SHERRY JUNKINS from MARIETTA, PA United States  
Will be purchasing one of 2 bows

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Arcus violin bows S6, S7, Musing bow 5 November 30, 2018
Reviewer: Anonymous Person from Lafayette, CO United States  
I really appreciated my chance to try these bows at home. Mr. Fisher is most knowledgeable on these bows and knew what kind of bows I was looking for which really helped me.  In-Home Bow Trial was such a great idea and it went so smoothly with Mr. Fisher's recommendations and help. I highly recommend doing business with him .

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The Lightweight Panacea November 23, 2018
Reviewer: Anonymous Person from TWENTYNINE PALMS, CA United States  
I have always shopped the old fashioned way for bows and never thought I would do a mail trial. I have to say that working with Jim was an excellent experience. It was a total pleasure to share a bow making decision with his knowledge and expertise. I was looking for a lighter CF bow. The Arcus S series certainly fits that requirement at only 47 grams ! My violin is dark and the responsiveness of the S series seems to work well with it, giving a big sound. All of the Arcus bows I tried handled well. There is a slight discernible enhancement as the numbers go higher, as well as the characteristic contrasts one gets  with  hexagonal or round depending on preference. The balance seems slightly different in each one. I ended up getting the Arcus 6 round which was a very positive experience. If you live in a rural area this service is definitely a plus. Thank you Jim for making the experience such a pleasure every step of the way.

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Trial of 3 Carbon Fiber Bows August 8, 2018
Reviewer: Anonymous Person from Webster Groves, MO United States  

Very helpful trial with professional,  friendly help choosing the bows to try.  I highly recommend it.

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