Violin bows under $5,000
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Stock Korean bows$ 60.00
Stock Korean bows – available from 1/8- 4/4 size, with wooden frog – suitable for beginners
C881600 series violin bow, “Dörfler” #9, Bubenreuth, Germany$ 243.00
The Brazilwood for these well-made student bows is Massaranduba, a particularly strong, hard species. As a result, the stick has very good playing characteristics for the price. The African ebony frogs are finished with nickel mounts and elegant Parisian eyes. Founded by Aegidius Dörfler four generations ago, “Dörfler” is still owned and operated by the Dörfler family, and produce a wide range of good-quality bows.
C5011 “Carbondix***”, Dictum, Germany$ 252.00
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” #14, Bubenreuth, Germany$ 375.00
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.
C387 “Dynasty”, China, early 20th century$ 450.00
This violin bow was made in a relatively small violin and bow making factory on the Chinese mainland near Hong Kong. The octagonal stick is of pernambuco and the bow, while a little on the heavy side, has very good playing characteristics for its value, combining both steadiness in legato, with good tonal production and an excellent spiccato.
C230 European, unstamped, 7/8 size:$ 485.00
This bow has a brazilwood stick slightly shorter than the standard 4/4 length.
C385 Stamped “Tourte”, Germany, mid-late twentieth century$ 650.00
The octagonal, pernambuco stick has a well-carved violin-sized head, matched with a slightly larger, round-backed frog to give either a heavier violin bow or a lighter viola bow.
The uneven distribution of weight makes the bow feel light in the hand, while giving greater tonal strength. The stick is steady on the string and gives a clear, precise sautelé.
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.
Conrad Götz, model #72, Germany$ 810.00
As well as the attractive physical appearance of this well-made bow, the selected pernambuco of the octagonal stick makes this an excellent choice for the advancing student.
C386 W. E. Dörfler, Model #192, Germany, late twentieth century$ 850.00
W. E. Dörfler is a long-established German bow-making workshop founded by Egidius Dörfler and now spanning four generations of his family.
The workshop makes a wide variety of bows, from early student models through to their professional master range. This pernambuco bow is placed at the top end of their nickel-silver bow range, and is designed for advanced students. It draws a full sound, sits steadily on the string for legato playing and has a clear, reliable bounce.
C271 Marco Raposo, Brazil 2013$ 945.00
All of Marco Raposo’s bows are manufactured in his workshop high in the mountains of Brazil, with a blend of French and German styles and techniques. The workshop has a commitment to sustainable harvesting of pernambuco or Pan-Brazil wood, and have their own plantation. This traditional good-quality wood has been used in bow making for two centuries but is now under threat from over-exploitation and clear felling operations. These bows are nickel-mounted, with Parisian eyes.
B920 Walter Mettal Baroque Bow$ 1,000.00
“Walter Mettal” baroque bows are well but simply made for the advanced student market. This example has a pernambuco stick and a rosewood frog and button.
C388 “Wilhelm Raum”, Germany, mid-late twentieth century$ 1,200.00
Wilhelm Raum’s workshop made a range of bows throughout the mid-late twentieth century, mostly for the advanced student market.
This octagonal, pernambuco bow is a good example of his nickel-mounted bows, with a strongly-carved head, Parisian eyes and well-selected wood. The bow has a good legato action and articulation.
B763 European, unstamped, late 19th or early 20th century$ 1,600.00
With silver mounts and a warm dark brown, octagonal, pernambuco stick, this bow is unpretentious and workmanlike.
C359 C.A. Reichel, stamped ‘Techler’, Markneukirchen, Germany, late 19th century$ 1,700.00
The silver mounts and well-selected pernambuco stick indicate that this is a higher grade bow from the bow-making workshops of one of the numerous and prolific Markneukirchen Reichel family. The bow bounces and articulates well, and draws a warm sound.
S272 Bob Berg, Wellington, NZ, late 20th century
This is very representative of a number of prototype carbon fibre bows handmade in New Zealand by Bob Berg, an American double bass player in the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. Berg later moved to Indiana, USA, where his carbonfibre expertise was refined by William Duff into the modern Berg Bow. Although the finish on the head is slightly rough, this bow has excellent playing characteristics, with clear articulation, steadiness in rapid legato strokes and a great bounce.