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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. Please provide a credit card for payment. For security reasons, we cannot accept Paypal for bow trial orders.


We cover the cost of shipping both ways. We'll send the bows to your credit card billing address via USPS Priority Mail. We require a signature upon delivery; but, if you don't happen to be at home when the package arrives, it's not a problem. You'll be able to pick it up at your local post office, at your convenience. You'll find a pre-paid USPS return shipping label with the bows. When you're ready to return the trial, just apply the label and take to your local post office.

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. 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.

Can I arrange a second trial with different bows?

Certainly! Additional trials can 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 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: 60 Write a review »

  0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:
5 of 5 Arcus S4, T4 & P4 January 25, 2022
Reviewer: Sebastien from Bala Cynwyd, PA United States  
My daughter was interested in trying out the Arcus carbon bows. Her teacher heard a difference in tone but she could not get used to the lighter weight compared with her own bow. The bow trial is a very convenient way to try out bows.

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5 of 5 Arcus Bow Trial January 18, 2022
Reviewer: Greg Williams from NEEDHAM HEIGHTS, MA United States  
James was amazing. He really tried to ask questions to get me into the right bow. I would use them again and again.

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  0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:
5 of 5 Fantastic customer service November 28, 2021
Reviewer: Lane Henderson from Haverhill, MA United States  
Mr. Fisher was great!  Promptly returned my email with a call to set up a bow trial.  Bows were sent well packaged with a return label and arrived when stated.  I would not hesitate to trial bows from J.S. Fisher Violins again.  Very satisfied with the experience!

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5 of 5 Easy and Enjoyable Experience October 17, 2021
Reviewer: Jeffrey W. from Old Forge, PA United States  
It was an easy and enjoyable experience trialing the bows. I appreciated the information sheet that came with the bows as well. Overall a great value at this price.

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5 of 5 Arcos violin bow in home trial October 4, 2021
Reviewer: charles lucas from Round Lake, IL United States  
Very easy process. Good communication with seller. Very pleased with the trial

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