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Carbon fibre violin bows (5)
Small violin bows (4)
Korean violin bows$ 60.00
Sturdy beginner bow with wooden frog. Available in 4/4, 3/4, 1/2, 1/4 and 1/8 size.
Dictum Brazilwood violin bow$ 120.00
These Brazilwood violin bows are a step up from our Korean bows, and weigh a little on the heavier side. They best suit an advancing beginner student.
Available in 4/4 and 3/4 size.
“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.
Currently available in 3/4 and 1/2 size.
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: $295.00
Weight: 56.5 grams
“Dörfler” #8 violin bow, Bubenreuth, Germany$ 295.00
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 “ Dörfler” have Brazilwood sticks and ebony frogs finished with Parisian eyes.
“W. Dörfler” #15A violin bow, Bubenreuth, Germany$ 418.00
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.
C443 Unstamped violin bow, Germany, late nineteenth or early twentieth century$ 550.00
Student-grade bows made in imitation of Vuillaume’s frog style, with the stick recessed slightly to hold the frog secure, are much less common that those with a standard frog fitting, which can be a blessing. If the frog becomes faulty, a replacement is almost impossible to find and fit, and the stick has to be discarded. In this instance, however, the frog, with its unusually sloping back, is in good condition and the bow has gained a new lease of life, particularly gratifying since the stick is of very nice pernambuco wood.
Start sale price: $550.00
Bow weight: 62.9 grams
C419 violin bow stamped “Dodd”, Germany, late nineteenth or early twentieth century$ 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: $595.00
Bow weight: 57.4 grams
C438 Unstamped violin bow, Germany, mid twentieth century$ 700.00
So often we rely on a stamp or label to tell us what we ought to think about a bow or instrument. When we lack such identification, coupled with less sophisticated materials, it’s easy to assume that what we’re about to try is not going to be much good. So playing this unstamped, nickel-mounted German violin bow is a pleasant surprise. It bounces and articulates well, it sits comfortably on the string, and allows for tricky string crossings without extra thought and preparation. The octagonal stick is of well-selected pernambuco, and the bi-coloured slide in the frog is unusual and creates an attractive point of difference.
C439 Unstamped violin bow, Germany, mid-twentieth century$ 700.00
One occasionally comes across engraving on the metal mounts of more expensive, silver-mounted bows, but it is rare to find it on mid-range, nickel-mounted bows such as this one, and even rarer to find it decorating so many surfaces. The work is subtle, avoiding any hint of garishness, and adds charm to a bow that already has plenty to recommend it. The octagonal pernambuco stick sits very steadily on the string, both in fast legato strokes and rapid passage work, while spiccato and martelé are handled competently. This is a good bow for a middle-grade student with an eye for the unusual.
Start sale price: $700.00
Bow weight: 58.7 grams
C417 “Götz” violin bow, Germany, late twentieth or early twenty-first century$ 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: $735.00
Bow weight: 60.0 grams
C418 Unstamped violin bow, Germany, late nineteenth century or early twentieth century$ 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: $750.00
Bow weight: 59.2 grams
S112 Unstamped “Baroque” style late 20th century$ 800.00
The round stick is made out of an unidentified, dark, dense hardwood and plainly finished, with no fluting or other decorative work. The ebony frog is alos plain, but the button is elgantly turned out of bone. This is a very serviceable baroque bow at a reasonable price.
C424 Unstamped violin bow, European, early twenty first century$ 800.00
This elegantly-made, silver-mounted, pernambuco violin bow has a remarkably good balance in the hand, feeling like a bow far lighter than its 62.8 grams while pulling a full sound in keeping with its weight. The playing characteristics are very much in line with other silver-mounted sticks, with precise articulation, a clean, controllable spiccato and sautillé, and a steady legato even at fast speeds. A head break has put this bow within financial reach of a much tighter budget than would usually be the case, while a fully professional repair will guarantee a long playing life.
Start sale price: $800.00
Bow weight: 62.8 grams
“Arpege” violin bow by JonPaul Bows, Utah, U.S.A$ 988.00
Initially inspired by the innovative carbon fibre bows of Benoit Rolland, JonPaul Bows have been developing a range of carbon fibre bows for violin, viola, cello and double bass over a number of years. The “Arpege” model was supposed to have gone out production, superseded by the “Corona”, but due to its persistent popularity among both dealers and players, it continues to be manufactured, sought after for its excellent set of playing qualities, combining steadiness, great articulation and bounce. At 60 grams, it is slightly lighter than the “Corona” violin bows.
Start sale price: $988.00
Bow weight: 60 grams