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  • Three Bows - One Week - Free Shipping
  • 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

I'm Interested In:
Violin Bows
Viola Bows
Cello Bows

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Is this your first trial with us?:
Yes - This is my first trial.
No - This is an additional trial. [Add $15.00]


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. Feel free to select Free Shipping during checkout, and we'll send the bows by USPS Priority Mail. 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. If you choose to keep one of the bows, we'll credit $20.00 toward the price of the bow. 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 cover the cost of shipping both ways. We'll send the bows to you via USPS Priority Mail. We do require a signature upon delivery. But, if you don't happen to be at home, you'll be able to pick up the package at your local post office, at your convenience. With the trial, you'll find a pre-paid label for returning the bows, when you're ready. Just apply the label and take to your local post office or give to your postal carrier.

When will I get my bows?

Shipping time will depend on the availability of the bows selected. Many trials ship with bows from our inventory within a day or two. However, if we feel that a particular bow will work well for you, but don't happen to have it in stock, we may obtain if for you from the maker or distributor especially for your trial. There is no additional charge for this service, but it can add a week or so to the shipping time. (Note: This service is not offered for all brands and manufacturers, and is at our discretion.) We'll be happy to discuss shipping times in more detail during the phone consultation. Once shipped, trials typically arrive in 2-3 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, just send us an email. We are usually 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 the purchase price 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.

May I have bows shipped to a different address?

For security reasons, we require that the bows ship to your credit card billing address. Sorry, this is a policy for which we do not make exceptions.

Can I arrange a second trial with different bows?

Certainly! Additional trials can usually be arranged. But, please note that the initial trial fee covers only a fraction of our actual costs for shipping and insurance. For additional trials, we do charge a higher trial fee ($35.00). Regardless of the number of trials, one total credit of $20.00 will go toward the purchase price, if a bow is selected. 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: 52 Write a review »

  0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:
5 of 5 I love my Arcus S9 octagonal bow! December 20, 2020
Reviewer: Robert Kierzkowski from Reinholds, PA United States  
I compared the Arcus carbon bows to my beloved pernambuco bow. I have both Strad and Monty models of cello, both with Versum Solo Thomastik strings. My first trial was S7, M7 and T7 Arcus bows. All three sounded nice, but no better than my pernambuco bow. The S7 was best of these. Second trial was S8 round, S8 Octagonal, S9 round bows. All three of these bows did sound better than my wood bow, with the S9 round sounded the best, but the S8 Octagonal felt best in hand and easiest to play. I purchased the S9 Octagonal bow, as it brought out the best sounds from both my cellos, and I absolutely loved how easy it was to play the Octagonal bow, from a soft and light sound, to loud forte, and especially fast passages. It is as though I just think of playing, and it almost plays itself effortlessly, allowing me to be so agile. It just lets me play the best ever. The Bow trial by mail worked great for me with these Arcus Bows. I love my S9 Octagonal Arcus bow! Thank you JS Fisher.

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  0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:
5 of 5 December 12, 2020
Reviewer: Robert Frankot from Tucson, AZ United States  
Jim helped me to clarify what I really wanted in a bow and narrow down the selections. It takes me time to get accustomed to a new bow and so I really needed a home trial to fully appreciate the differences among the bows I was interested in. I feel it enabled me to make a better choice than I would have otherwise. Shipping was easy and hassle-free. For me, this is the only way to buy a bow.

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  0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:
5 of 5 Great customer service September 22, 2020
Reviewer: Greg Williams from Needham, MA United States  
Knowledgeable,  friendly and professional.

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  1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
5 of 5 Bow trial September 19, 2020
Reviewer: Crosby from Columbia, MD United States  
An excellent experience and an eye opening one at that. If you want to audition some bows and like me have not played many in your life and are considering purchasing a new one go through J.S Fisher! Fantastic customer service and program.

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  0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:
5 of 5 In house bow trial September 1, 2020
Reviewer: David from Hollywood, SC United States  
Was looking to buy a new bow but wanted to try out before purchase. Upon my bow request, Jim Fisher called me to discuss bow options, offered suggestions, and within a couple of days, 4 different bows arrived on my doorstep. Tried them for a week, and selected the bow I liked best. Loved the in house trial. The process was very easy and professional. Highly recommend.

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