An essential part of string playing is finding decent bow that suits your style, matches your instrument and feels effortless.
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Cello Bows under $5000 (17)
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Violin bows under $5,000 (38)
Korean stock bows$ 60.00
Korean stock bows – available from 1/8- 4/4 size, with wooden frog – suitable for beginners.
Korean stock bows$ 70.00
Sturdy beginner bow with wooden frog. Available for full size cello.
3/4 size bow Carbondix “Futura” Green Crystal$ 133.00
This is a strong, playable bow for a young advancing student.
C5011 “Carbondix***”, Dictum, Germany$ 255.00
Developed by the Dictum company, previously known as Gunther Dick, these well-made carbon-fibre rayon bows have a strong, stiff stick which, nonetheless, gives both flexibility and subtlety. The finish is very good and the value for money excellent.
C431 Unstamped ¾ sized violin bow, European, late twentieth century$ 295.00
This is a very playable three-quarter sized bow with a strong, round pernambuco stick which provides plenty of resistance and a good spiccato and sautillé bounce. The sound it draws is warm and full, making a good point of difference with carbon-fibre bows at a similar price.
Start sale price: $295.00
Weight: 56.5 grams
Va50 Carbondix*** Viola Dictum, Germany$ 298.00
Developed by the Dictum company, previously known as Gunther Dick, these well-made carbon-fibre rayon bows have a strong, stiff stick which, nonetheless gives both flexibility and subtlety. The finish is very good and the value for money excellent.
C883000 series violin bow, “W. Dörfler” #15, Bubenreuth, Germany$ 384.00
The Dörfler family have owned and operated their bow making workshops in Northern Germany for four generations. They make a wide range of bows, from student models through to their “Master Bow” series. Bows stamped “W. Dörfler” have strong, pernambuco sticks and ebony frogs finished with attractive abalone slides and eyes.
C230 European, unstamped, 7/8 size:$ 485.00
This bow has a brazilwood stick slightly shorter than the standard 4/4 length.
C429 Paesold viola bow, Model #108, Germany late twentieth century$ 525.00
Since its inception in the early twentieth century, the Roderick Paesold workshop has specialized in the manufacture of a wide range of well-made bows for stringed instruments. Their #108 model uses selected brazilwood for the stick, and the quality can often rival if not out-perform the lower ranks of pernambuco bows. This viola bow, at 73 grams, is at the heavy end of the normal viola bow spectrum and would suit a strong player in the middle grades.
Start sale price: $525.00
Bow weight: 73.0 grams
C389 Stamped “Bausch”, Germany, early-mid twentieth century$ 575.00
Many German-manufactured bows from the early-to-mid-twentieth century are either branded “Tourte”, after the French “father” of modern bow making, or “Bausch” after Ludwig Bausch, the well-known German bow maker who championed Tourte’s style in Germany to such an extent he became known as the “German Tourte”. This bow, with its cleanly-cut pernambuco stick, is typical of the many thousands of good “Bausch” imitations. The weight is relatively low, and would suit a lightly-builted player or one who enjoys working with more subtlety of response.
C419 violin bow stamped “Dodd”, Germany, late nineteenth or early twentieth century$ 595.00
As with violins, bows produced by the large manufacturing workshops in late nineteenth and early twentieth century Germany, were named after famous makers, “Tourte” being the most popular stamp. F.X. Tourte’s English contemporary, John Dodd’s identity was also frequently borrowed, as was that of another, later English maker, James Tubbs. This light, elegant bow draws a warm, creamy sound, and sits steadily on the string for fast legato strokes.
Start sale price: $595.00
Bow weight: 57.4 grams
Vc58 “WooDIX”, Dictum, Germany$ 668.00
Developed by the Dictum company, these good-quality carbon fibre bows have a wood grain surface with a high-tech carbon core. The stick is responsive and haired with Mongolian horse hair.
C427 Unstamped Germany, late nineteenth or early twentieth century$ 690.00
This unstamped, German cello bow comes with no glamorous pedigree, real or invented, but has enough playing qualities to stand on its own merits. The well-selected pernambuco stick is strong and well-balanced. At 78 grams, it is slightly lessr than the average cello bow weight, and would therefore suit someone of lighter build. The original whalebone and thread lapping is distinctive and in very good condition.
Start sale price: $690.00
Bow weight: 78 grams
C417 “Götz” violin bow, Germany, late twentieth or early twenty-first century$ 735.00
Founded in 1884, the C. A. Götz workshops have been manufacturing violin family instruments and bows for 135 years. Their handcrafted bows range from student models through to silver-mounted master bows. This example, with its selected pernambuco, octagonal stick, is their model #68, and is placed in the middle of their advancing student range. At exactly 60 grams, it is well-balanced in the hand and produces a warm, full sound. Good articulation, steadiness and bounce are as one would expect from a bow of this provenance.
Start sale price: $735.00
Bow weight: 60.0 grams
C405 Unstamped, Germany, early-mid twentieth century violin bow$ 750.00
This bow came to us as something of an ugly duckling, its round, pernambuco stick disguised by a ruby-pink varnish and its lapping in shreds. With professional help from our workshop, it has revealed itself as an excellent playing bow for middle-upper grade students, with a warm, steady sound and great definition, especially during rapid string crossings at the tip.
Bow weight: 61.7 grams
C418 Unstamped violin bow, Germany, late nineteenth century or early twentieth century$ 750.00
Despite the lack of any workshop identification, this bow has plenty of character and versatility. The slender-looking, round, pernambuco stick has a wiry strength, and while it weighs slightly less than the average violin bow, it pulls a clear, full sound. Good articulation in fast passage work combines with clean spiccato and sautillé, and an easily-controlled legato to make this a well-priced bow for the advancing student.
Start sale price: $750.00
Bow weight: 59.2 grams