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Carbon fibre violin bows (10)
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.
JonPaul “Noir” violin bow, USA, 2019$ 210.00
The Utah-based company JonPaul Bows has built up a strong reputation for making high-quality carbon-fibre bows in their Utah workshops. More recently, it has also started sourcing and distributing selected bows for the student market. The “Noir” bows are well-priced for beginner students and those in the lower grades, providing a straightforward, reliable, strong and easy-to-play product. With a weight of 59-59.5grams, these bows are comfortable in the hand for less experienced players.
Bow weight: 59-59.5 grams
Start sale price: $210.00
“Carbondix***”, Dictum, Germany$ 275.00
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.
Available in 4/4, 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.
JonPaul “Noir**” violin bow, USA, 2019$ 310.00
Over the years, JonPaul Bows have built up a strong reputation for making high-quality carbon-fibre bows in their Utah workshops. More recently, they have also started sourcing and distributing selected bows for the student market. “Noir” bows are made from the now-commonplace dark carbon-fibre; “Noir **” offers a point of difference with its polished “braided” finish. It provides a clean, easily-controlled playing experience for less advanced students, combined with a relatively light weight, often a plus for younger players.
Bow weight: 58.5 grams
Start sale price: $310.00
JonPaul “Matrix” violin bow, USA, 2019$ 375.00
JonPaul Bows have, over the years has built up a strong reputation for making high-quality carbon-fibre bows in their Utah workshops. More recently, they have also started sourcing and distributing bows for the student market, made from good-quality carbon fibre. The “Matrix” bow is designed for students in the lower and middle grades, and provides great stability, bounce and articulation, combined with an attractive finish.
Bow weight: 60 grams
Start sale price: $375.00
JonPaul “Fusion” violin bow, USA, 2019$ 385.00
The Utah-based company JonPaul Bows has, over the years, made a name for itself as a workshop producing high-class carbon-fibre bows. More recently, it has started sourcing and distributing bows for the student market, with a range that includes the “Fusion”. This line of bows is a blend, as they describe it, of technology and nature, a carbon-fibre core wrapped in a wooden sheath. The dual construction provides the strength and articulation we expect from carbon-fibre, along with additional warmth of tone, all for a very affordable price.
Bow weight: 59.5-60.5 grams
Start sale price: $385.00
“W. Dörfler” #15A violin bow, Bubenreuth, Germany$ 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