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Korean stock bows$ 70.00
Sturdy beginner bow with wooden frog. Available for full size cello.
3/4 size bow Carbondix “Futura” Green Crystal$ 133.00
This is a strong, playable bow for a young advancing student.
C389 Stamped “Bausch”, Germany, early-mid twentieth century$ 575.00
Many German-manufactured bows from the early-to-mid-twentieth century are either branded “Tourte”, after the French “father” of modern bow making, or “Bausch” after Ludwig Bausch, the well-known German bow maker who championed Tourte’s style in Germany to such an extent he became known as the “German Tourte”. This bow, with its cleanly-cut pernambuco stick, is typical of the many thousands of good “Bausch” imitations. The weight is relatively low, and would suit a lightly-builted player or one who enjoys working with more subtlety of response.
Vc58 “WooDIX”, Dictum, Germany$ 668.00
Developed by the Dictum company, these good-quality carbon fibre bows have a wood grain surface with a high-tech carbon core. The stick is responsive and haired with Mongolian horse hair.
C427 Unstamped Germany, late nineteenth or early twentieth century$ 690.00
This unstamped, German cello bow comes with no glamorous pedigree, real or invented, but has enough playing qualities to stand on its own merits. The well-selected pernambuco stick is strong and well-balanced. At 78 grams, it is slightly lessr than the average cello bow weight, and would therefore suit someone of lighter build. The original whalebone and thread lapping is distinctive and in very good condition.
Start sale price: $690.00
Bow weight: 78 grams
C390 Stamped “Bausch”, Germany, early-mid twentieth century$ 795.00
The modern trend with European bow manufacturers is to stamp a legitimate brand name on their bows, either that of a founding bow maker (for example, “Dörfler” or “Paesold”) or a simple brand name, like “Ary France”. Before the mid-twentieth century, however, bows, like violins, were often stamped with the name of an illustrious maker, a pioneer of the craft, such as Tourte. Ludwig Bausch was informally regarded as the “German Tourte” and we find his name on German-manufactured bows almost as often as that of his illustrious predecessor.
This “Bausch” stamped cello bow has a strong, round, pernambuco stick, and bold Parisian eyes. At 83.1 grams, it is well-weighted to give a full, warm tone.
C430 Cello bow, Finkel Atelier, Switzerland, early twenty first century$ 995.00
The Finkel bowmaking workshop near Brienz, Switzerland, was founded by Siegfried Finkel, son-in-law and pupil of the German bow maker Paul Weidhaas, in 1953. Under Siegfried’s son, Johannes, the Finkel Company, one of the most prestigious bow manufacturing workshops in the world, has extended its range to make good bows for the advancing student as well as master bows for the professional player. This “Finkel Atelier” bow is their most affordable, though still boasting a selected pernambuco stick, fine workmanship and silver mounts.
Start sale price: $995.00
Weight: 83.4 grams
S314 “Dynasty” China, early twenty first century$ 1,000.00
Bows made with genuine snakewood, as this cello bow is, are unusual, and generally confined to Baroque and transitional styles. Not only does this modern-style bow have a snakewood stick, it has a snakewood frog as well, attractively finished with abalone and brass. Although the stick is visually quite finely carved, the snakewood gives it extra weight.
Weight: 86.7 grams
S346 Cello bow, F.C. Pfretzschner, Germany, twentieth century$ 1,500.00
The Pfretzschner family included many fine bow makers, with workshops in Markneukirchen , who produced bows that are now considered among the finest by German archetiers. F.C. Pfretzschner, on the other hand, is probably an invented name, for no such bow maker is recorded. Nonetheless, this bow is reasonably well-made, with a strong, octagonal pernambuco stick. Nickel mounts betray the bow’s lack of a prestigious provenance; conversely, the lower sale price puts a very workable bow within reach of an advancing student.
Start sale price: $1,500.00
Bow weight: 82.1 grams
S448 cello bow F.C. Pfretzschner, Germany, twentieth century$ 1,500.00
The Pfretzschner family of German violin and bow makers was skilled and prolific—at least twenty seven of them have found their way into the official violin and bow making dictionaries. F.C. Pfretzschner, alas, is not one of them, but rather, a fictitious construction used to market soundly-made bows for the advanced student market. This nickel-mounted cello bow is a very useful addition to that sector of the cello bow range, with a strong, round, pernambuco stick, an attractive pearl slide and Parisian eyes.
Start sale price: $1,500.00
Weight: 80.5 grams
S338 “E.L. Herrmann”, Germany, mid-20th century$ 1,600.00
This good-quality, student-grade bow from Edwin Lothar Herrmann’s workshop has an octagonal, pernambuco stick and nickel mounts. The stamp “E.L. HERRMANN” is one of a number of variations used by Herrmann, who also stamped the frogs with his family’s coat of arms. The stick is strong and resistant, though the bow itself is relatively light, at 78.6 grams. The Herrmann workshop produced a range of bows; the best are suitable for top professional use. This bow would suit a student in the higher grades who wishes to continue.
S337 Höfner, Germany, late nineteenth or early twentieth century$ 1,800.00
The Höfner workshops were established in what was then Austrian Bohemia in the 1880’s. From the beginning, they made a wide diversity of stringed instruments and their accessories for a burgeoning middle-class market. Then, as now, Höfner produced a broad range graded according to quality. This well-preserved early cello was made for the upper end of the market, as its silver mounts and selected, octagonal pernambuco stick can testify. The stick is strong and resistant to sideways pressure.
S263 Stamped ‘Techler’, C. A. Reichel workshop, Markneukirchen, Germany, 19th century$ 2,500.00
Despite the resemblance in the names, there is no connection with the Rome-based German violin maker, David Tecchler. The Reichel family were a numerous clan of luthiers and bowmakers largely based in Markneukirchen. C. A. Reichel stamped a wide range of student grade bows with the name ‘Techler; this cello bow, with its well-selected pernambuco stick and silver mounts, is one of the better examples.
S334 Unstamped, Germany, late nineteenth or early twentieth century$ 2,500.00
This old, much-played and appreciated bow has been thoroughly restored in our workshop so that it can go on sharing its playing qualities with future generations of cellists. The original, silver-mounted, ebony frog has been complemented by a new, silver and ebony button.
Unusually, the head has an internal splice but no detectable signs of a head break. A splice makes an unbroken head more resistant to damage, perhaps echoing the actions of William Retford, Hill’s famous and fiery bow maker, who pinned his personal bow heads as a preventative measure.
Weight: 75.5 grams
“A. Metzner”, Angers, France, late nineteenth century$ 2,700.00
The “A. Metzner” whose name is stamped on this fine cello bow may well be the same maker as A. Metzner-Leblanc, known nowadays only through the work of the Mirecourt-born luthier Louis Martin. Martin trained originally as a bow maker before apprenticing as a violin maker. He later worked for the “A, Metzner-LeBlanc” workshop in Angers, France, and then bought it just after the turn of the twentieth century. The bow has a strong, octagonal, pernambuco stick and silver mounts. At 79.1 grams, it would suit an advanced student or professional player looking for a slightly lighter bow with good playing characteristics.
Start sale price: $2,700.00
Bow weight: 79.1 grams
S259 Berg cello bow$ 2,750.00
S259 Bob Berg cello bow, Wellington, New Zealand late 20th century
This is an early New Zealand-made prototype for the now famous “Berg” bows made and marketed in the U.S. Bob Berg, an American double bass player in the NZSO, was a pioneer in the making of carbon-fibre bows. While his bow heads are not as elegant as modern productions, the sticks share the attractive, wood-like texture and colour, and the playability is very good, with excellent articulation.