Discover CodaBow's Latest Bow, Escent
The award-wining carbon bow company presents the latest bow of their Master line
The Violin Channel recently caught up with Mary Peterson, Sales Operations Manager at CodaBow to find out more about their latest carbon fiber bow.
Can you tell us about the new Escent bow?
The Escent bow was designed with the advanced, multi-genre musician in mind. It provides versatility for players that might be looking for the deep string connection of a master bow and the quick response of a Performance bow. It is a bow that’s meant to be performed in any type of situation – whether you’re getting ready for juries at university, playing a wedding, rehearsing with your orchestra, or performing at a festival. The Escent offers versatility that serves musicians in a variety of musical pursuits.
How does it differ from the other bows in your collection?
It truly is a hybrid of our Performance and Master lines. It has a lightweight design and center balance making it ideal for musicians of more eclectic styles, but it also has a deepening string connection which offers nuance and expressivity ideal for advanced classical styles.
Can you tell us about the new Xebony frog architecture on this bow?
The Escent frog is a bit different from a traditional frog. It has a contoured thumb pocket that is meant to provide added comfort while playing.
For which musicians or type of playing is it most suited?
We found that there was a gap between our Diamond GX and Marquise GS models – not just in price but in design as well. That’s where the Escent comes in. This bow was made for advanced musicians who are on the way to mastering their technique. It is ideal for multi-genre musicians because of its centered balance and deep string connection.
How does playing on an Escent bow compare to playing on a Pernambuco bow?
The string connection is indicative of a Pernambuco bow because of the shaft. Like our other Master bows, the Escent uses a unidirectional carbon fiber shaft, which mimics the grain of a fine wood bow, allowing for a more supple, sensitive action.
What are, for you, the main advantages of owning a carbon fiber bow as a professional musician?
The freedom that comes with a carbon fiber bow! Carbon fiber is not affected by changes in humidity, so you will never have to worry about warping, even if you’re playing in a dry climate one day and a humid one the next day. Our bows each have intentional design behind them as well, so you can feel confident that our bows will provide consistency in both the tone, handling, and feel within the same model.
Another added advantage is CodaBow’s GlobalBow Design. Our bows contain no protected, regulated, or monitored species, and pass worry-free through international customs.
How do you recommend taking care of a carbon fiber bow?
Taking care of a carbon fiber bow is a bit like taking care of a wood bow. You should still wipe down the shaft and frog each time after playing and get frequent rehairs. We recommend to rehair a CodaBow every 6 to 12 months, which can be done with your local luthier or at the CodaBow facility.
Storing the bow in a humidity-controlled area is important as well – not for the shaft, but for the horsehair!
What is your process to develop a new bow? How long does it take?
Lots and lots of research! We made several prototypes of the Escent with small variations and held multiple focus groups with talented musicians and partners around the world to figure out exactly what the Escent design should be. This model took us about a year from start to finish.
Do you offer at-home trials and returns?
Yes we do! Our in-home trial allows players to try several CodaBow models for a week with no obligation to purchase. We also offer a 30-day return policy on any standard purchase.
Based in Winona, MN, CodaBow pioneered the original carbon fiber bow and has created award-winning bows for players of every style, station, and aspiration. The bows come in four different lines, Master, Performance, Student, and Chroma, to best adapt to all kinds of string players. Find more information about the different bows in our interview and on CodaBow's website.