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Welcome to SoundPost

The original SoundPost- Owned and run by Brian Cohen and Jane Walters: a 'boutique' violin and guitar shop located in Guildford, Surrey, UK. Established in 1972, we have been in our current premises since 1997. We are makers of fine stringed instruments, and agents for many specialized and unique quality items. We invite you to browse this site, to find out more.

Read more about our ethos and policies »

SoundPost Bows:

We are pleased to offer the world famous VioTech 'Suregrip' bow cushion, manufactured by us, and distributed worldwide jointly via ourselves, A.R. Distribution, and VioTech: This is a soft neoprene type cushion, ( one size for violin and viola bows, a slightly larger size for cello bows,) which fits over your existing grip, and protects your bow leather and stick from wear, gives a better grip on the bow, and adds virtually no weight, and can be easily moved along the stick to close up the gap between the bow grip and frog. (The cushion stays on the stick by compression/friction, and is not glued at all ) Recommended by many teachers. Sold only in pairs, incl. postage for UK mainland, and we can post worldwide, postage charged at cost. See 'Accessories' page for price: (Trade enquiries welcomed via VioTech )

SoundPost Carbon bows: We are the largest stockists of premium handmade carbon bows, and have the most extensive experience and knowledge of these modern bows in the UK.

The Strad, October 2014, for feature on Carbon Bows, click HERE to read the article: as the UK's largest and most knowledgeable stockist of carbon bows, please contact us for details and a trial period - Arcus and other makes, as listed below.


Arcus Carbon Bows: * The Premier UK Dealer *

Ongoing Stock Clearance 2018 Sale of Arcus Bows, and other Carbon bows.

We offer competitive prices on all models of Arcus bows, which can be tried in the studio or on '2 week approval': A 15% discount is offered if purchased outright in advance. (ie with no approval period taken) (T's and C's apply, enquire). For bows 'on 2 week approval', we will quote a competitive price at the time. We do hold good stocks of these bows, as well as some pre-owned bows, taken in part exchange, all restored to 'as new' condition. Please enquire.

As prices vary according to the Euro-Pound Sterling rate, prices will be confirmed at time of order/purchase.

We are the longest established, most experienced dealer in the UK for these bows, and have stocked the bows since they were first imported at the end of the last century! We hold the largest and most comprehensive stock of these fine handmade bows. We are able to offer a comprehensive comparison between models. The UK importer changed in Jan 2016), but we continue to supply as before. We hold a good range of 'M', 'P' and 'S' series, and some of the 'proper' long fibre handmade C series, (as opposed to the new downgraded woven fibre C series) and some double bass bows in French and German pattern. We invite you to visit our shop by appointment to try these fine bows, or we can offer a bow 'trial by approval' (subject to T's and C's. ), and we can send out via courier a selection for a 2 week trial in your own time. Our Prices are guaranteed to compete with any genuine offers you might find elsewhere, worldwide. Our service is simply unbeatable. Arcus bows carry a 30 year guarantee against defective workmanship or materials in the stick, and a 2 year guarantee on the frog mechanism, all subject to normal 'wear and tear' terms.

Bow Cases and Bow Tubes:- We stock many types of bow case, for all types of bow: please enquire. Also we now offer our own very strong bow tubes, (identical to BAM but these are no longer available from BAM ) black, with screw cap ends, 2 Velvet Liners and fitted strap with swivel ends. (Strap can be removed for bow postage)

Traditional bows, new and antique

Featured Bows:

A fine violin bow by R R Wilson: very good condition, stamped, silver mounted, strong stick, has been in professional use all of its life. Weight ( to add).

A fine violin bow by August Prager, : circa 1930, mint condition, stamped, silver mounted, strong stick, has been in professional use all of its life. Weight ( to add).

A fine violin bow by Armin Seebass, Finland: Brand new, stamped, silver mounted, strong stick, Weight ( to add).

A good cello bow, stamped Hamma and Co: Attributed to H R Pfretschner, from the original owner, purchased new in 1936 in Stuttgart, a very good bow in the French style, in superb original condition.

*SOLD* A good cello bow, stamped 'Bazin': A very good playing bow, with a frog by Cuniot, and a replacement button

**SOLD** A fine old violin bow by Hill: made by Leeson, in very good condition, stamped W.E.H &.S., silver mounted, strong stick, has been in professional use most of its life.

** SOLD **A good violin bow, by J.S Finkel, stamped, in good condition.

*SOLD* : A fine old violin bow by Hill, in very good condition, stamped H &.S., silver mounted, strong stick, has been in professional use most of its life.

SOLD : A fine violin French bow, made in Paris circa 1920, little sign of use, in mint condition, with certificate.

*SOLD* A good violin bow by Hill: stamped W.E.H &.S., silver mounted, strong stick, in professional use most of its life.

SoundPost stocks bows for all levels of player, from beginner right up to top professional player's quality. We also specialize in 'top end' carbon fibre bows, and we are the Arcus UK 'Premier' dealer, having dealt in these since they were introduced into the UK, and we also represent Claudio Righetti / Erich Perrotta carbon bows, ( the inventor of the carbon fibre bow, handmade in Verona).

Agencies: We are agents for many fine bows: These include Arcus bows ( the UK Premier Dealer), Claudio Righetti Fine Carbon Bows ( UK premier dealer) We also hold stock of antique master quality bows, for example by W. E. Hill and Sons, and many others. Our stock varies from day to day, enquire please.

We offer an 'approval period' of 2 weeks for all our bows, subject to 'Terms and Conditions'. Please enquire.

We also offer a rehair service for all bows, and can repair your bow. Priority and is given to bows purchased originally from SoundPost. (Rehair also by mail order, owner pays Special Delivery postage both ways.)

Not all products and instruments we stock are listed on the site however- so if you do not find what you want, call and ask- we may well have it, or know where to get it and can order for you. We are always pleased to discuss and advise.
Visitors to the studio are welcome by prior appointment : All contact details and directions on our 'Contact' page.