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.
C312, Unstamped, German, mid-20th century$ 450.00
The round, medium-weight pernambuco stick sits smoothly on the string and produces a warm sound; the spiccato bounce is easily controlled. The stick is finished with a new, silver wire lapping.
C230 European, unstamped, 7/8 size:$ 485.00
This bow has a brazilwood stick slightly shorter than the standard 4/4 length.
C227 “Vuillaume a Paris” European “Vuillaume-style” bow$ 550.00
At just over 55grams, this is a light bow in the hand. However it pulls a clear, fairly full sound, sits reasonably well on the string and has a crisp balance.
C308, “Carlo Micelli”, European, mid 20th century$ 595.00
The round, pernambuco stick is steady on the string and gives a warm, clear sound. The ebony frog has Parisian eyes and a very attractive, lined, abalone slide. At 60 grams, the weight is very standard. All restoration work, including a new silver wire lapping, has been carried out in our workshop.
C313, Stamped Germany, early-mid 20th century$ 650.00
At 61.4 grams, this bow is slightly heavier than the average. The round, pernambuco stick is strong and sits smoothly on the string, and the spiccato bounce and articulation are very good. Overall, the bow produces a warm, clear sound.
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.
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.
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.