Marco Raposo Bows
Most bowed string players are at least a little bit familiar with the restrictions placed on Pernambuco wood by Brazil. This extradinary bow, actually made in Brazil, is as legal as it gets. It is also one of the most under priced genuine pernambuco master bows available, costing only about the same as a high performance carbon fiber bow. This bow is easily equivalent to a German bow costing many times more. It is a really great bow for fiddle as well as violin.
Raposo bows are made 100% in Brazil, out of the best old pernambuco. Pernambuco wood, the heartwood of the Pau Brazil tree (botanical name is Caesalpinha echinata). Francois Tourte, who gets the credit for inventing the post-Baroque reverse-camber modern bow, ultimately chose pernambuco due to its high stiffness, resistance to warping and low weight. Pernambuco became the standard material for high-quality post-Baroque bows (made primarily from snakewood).