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By Megan Westberg | From the September-October 2022 issue of Strings magazine

It isn’t unusual for a string player’s career to take shape in a rather eclectic way. To go from chamber music to orchestral work to solo work, to take music normally heard in a concert hall into a club or outside to the street, to play music in a variety of styles or inspired by a multitude of influences—modern players have a world of options available to them. It is the advanced player whose career reflects this kind of versatility that CodaBow was considering when it launched its new Escent bow.


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This carbon-fiber bow was designed to provide the response of pernambuco with what the company describes as “clear tonal color” and “lively” articulation in order to give its players a tool that will be appropriate in a variety of performance situations. The all-black Escent has a core made of a plant-fiber blend with a unidirectional carbon-fiber structure and unique frog design (meant to offer added agility). And traveling musicians can breeze through customs without a care—this bow contains no species of concern.

CodaBow Escent 

  • Made of unidirectional carbon fiber with a plant-fiber blend core
  • Unique frog design to enhance agility
  • Design emphasizes versatility
  • All-black styling
  • Composite tip plate, tip wedge, and button screw bearings
  • Made of no endangered, monitored, or regulated species
  • Starting at $995 (MSRP)
  • Codabow.com