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Small violin bows (6)
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.
Vn236 “Schumann”, carbon fibre, China, 2020$ 115.00
“Schumann” carbon fibre bows are visually attractive, with cleanly-finished ebony frogs featuring Parisian eyes and colourful mother-of-pearl. The sticks share the now-common “tweed” style finish we see with many other carbon fibre bows of this value. The performance, especially in the context of the price, is a stand-out, with a clean, crisp spiccato, excellent articulation, even at the tip during fast string crossings, and a steady, smooth legato. All in all, a bow that’s hard to look past.
Available in 4/4 and 3/4 size.
Start sale price: $115.00
Bow weight: 58.0 grams
Dictum Brazilwood violin bow$ 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 1/2 size.
“Dörfler” #6, Bubenreuth, Germany$ 270.00
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 pearl 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.
“Dörfler” #8, Bubenreuth, Germany$ 315.00
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 fully-lined 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.
This bow is available for violin in 4/4 and 1/2 size.
Vn235 “Asari Fusion”, carbon fibre, China$ 445.00
Just as the name “Asari Fusion” combines traditional, exotic and modern elements, so does this attractive and unusual-looking bow. Genuine snakewood has been used for the frog, along with sterling silver mounts, with the same materials appearing in the three-piece button. The carbon filament stick is a dark grey colour, which gives it a slightly “space-age” look. The bow provides strength and warmth in legato passages, and precision where clear articulation is needed.
Start sale price: $445.00
Bow weight: 60.9 grams
C230 European, unstamped, 7/8 size:$ 485.00
This bow has a brazilwood stick slightly shorter than the standard 4/4 length.
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: $595.00
Bow weight: 57.4 grams
S112 Unstamped “Baroque” style late 20th century$ 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 also plain, but the button is elegantly turned out of bone. This is a very serviceable baroque bow at a reasonable price.
“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: $988.00
Bow weight: 60 grams
C388 “Wilhelm Raum”, Germany, mid-late twentieth century$ 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.
S466 “Coda Bow Classic” violin bow, USA, early twenty first century$ 1,200.00
The Coda Bow company is one of the earliest makers of good-quality carbon-fibre bows. Their “Classic” model is no longer in production but was at the higher end of their range, on a par with their current “Diamond GX” model. The stick is steady on the string and produces a clear, reliable spiccato and sautillé, a little closer to the balance point than most bows, so the bounce feels more “under the hand”. The articulation is clean, as one would expect from a good-quality carbon-fibre stick, and the weight means that the bow can pull a full tone.
Start sale price: $1,200.00
Bow weight: 61.5 grams
S386 unstamped European violin bow$ 1,600.00
This is an intriguing bow, made from snakewood rather than pernambuco, and displaying the characteristic dark stripes of this dense South American hardwood. Snakewood was commonly used for Baroque-period bows but is rarely seen these days. Despite the wood having a heavier weight than pernambuco, this bow feels surprisingly light in the hand, but produces a clear, warm sound. Silver mounts enhance its elegant appearance.
Start sale price: $1,600.00
Bow weight: 66.9 grams
S497 Unstamped, Germany, early-mid twentieth century$ 1,600.00
The silver mounts and well-selected pernambuco wood single this bow out from the mainstream of German manufactured bows. The octagonal stick adds crispness to a general warmth of tone.
Start sale price: $1,600.00
C425 Unstamped violin bow, Germany, early twentieth century$ 1,700.00
This German-made bow is quite distinctive, despite its lack of an identifying stamp. The silver-mounted frog has unusually large Parisian eyes, and the head is also faced with a silver plate, an unusual feature outside the English workshops of W.E. Hill and Sons. The silver-coated thread lapping is also more commonly found in French bow making, though the deep, rounded head has its own character. The bow performs well, and at a very standard weight of 60.2 grams, should suit most advancing students with a relatively modest budget.
Start sale price: $1,700.00
Bow weight: 60.2 grams
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.