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  • Small cello bows

    Small cello bows (4)

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    Korean cello bows

    $ 70.00

    Sturdy beginner bow with wooden frog. Available for 4/4 and 3/4 cello.

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    F.P.S. small size cello bows

    $ 102.00

    F.P.S. student cello bows.

    Available in 1/4, 1/8 and 1/10 size.

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    3/4 Vc99 “Schumann”, Brazilwood, China, 2020

    $ 105.00
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    Vc85 Bondix cello bow

    $ 149.00

    Developed by the Dictum Company, these entry level student bows are made from black carbonfibre.

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    1/2 Dictum Brazilwood cello bow

    $ 165.00

    These Brazilwood cello 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 1/2 size.

    $165.00

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    C467 “J. La Salle”, China, early twenty first century

    $ 300.00

    Lower grade Chinese student bows are, on the whole, vastly better-made than they were thirty or forty years ago. Frogs are neatly finished and almost always of ebony, lappings and thumb leathers are tidy and protected by clear plastic sleeves, and the sticks and heads are evenly and often skilfully carved. The major point of difference is in the wood of the stick: a large proportion are made from a very fine-grained species of Chinese beech wood. The better bows, however, are of pernambuco. This cello bow is a good example, with a strong, straight, pernambuco stick, a good camber and nicely executed octagonal facets.

    Start sale price: $300.00

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    “Dörfler” #7, Bubenreuth, Germany

    $ 420.00

    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 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.

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    “Dörfler” #8, Bubenreuth, Germany

    $ 450.00

    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.

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    C484 “Erich Steiner”, Dörfler workshop, Germany, mid-late twentieth century

    $ 550.00

    “Erich Steiner” is a stamp used for middle-range German student bows made by the Dörfler workshop in the mid-late twentieth century. This bow, with its well-selected, octagonal, Brazilwood stick, has Parisian eyes and an attractive nickel-silver-lined, abalone frog slide. The weight is very standard, and the bow will suit players advancing through the grades.

    Start sale price: $550.00

    Bow weight: 82.1 grams

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    “Dörfler” #15, Bubenreuth, Germany

    $ 590.00

    These well-made intermediate student bows are of pernambuco. The fully-lined African ebony frogs are finished with nickel mounts and pearl eyes, and have a three-piece button. 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.

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    “Dörfler” #17, Bubenreuth, Germany

    $ 799.00

    These well-made octagonal bows are of pernambuco, and would suit an advancing student. The fully-lined African ebony frogs are finished with nickel mounts and large pearl eyes, and have a three-piece button. 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.

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    S337 Höfner, Germany, late nineteenth or early twentieth century

    $ 1,800.00 $ 1,300.00

    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.

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    C463, Marco Raposo, Brazil, 2020

    $ 1,750.00

    Marco Raposo’s bows are made in his workshop high in the mountains of Brazil, using a blend of French and German styles and techniques. The workshop has a commitment to sustainable harvesting of pernambuco wood, otherwise known as Pau-Brazil wood. In the wild, the species is an endangered tropical hardwood and has been the focus of much work by international luthiers and local Brazilian growers, who have discovered it makes an excellent planting companion to cocoa. Marco Raposo bows are made with wood harvested from the workshop’s own plantation. The tone produced by this bow is typical of good-quality pernambuco sticks—warm and characterful. The bow feels well-balanced in the hand and will suit an advancing student.

    Start sale price: $1,750.00

    Bow weight: 80.8 grams

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    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.

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    S439 “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

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    S298 Albert Nürnberger Jnr, Germany, after 1920

    $ 4,000.00

    This octagonal, silver-mounted pernambuco bow is well weighted, at 83.9 grams, and has excellent playing qualities. A head break has been repaired skilfully with a splice, which hasn’t affected the bow’s performance characteristics but has brought its sale value down to an affordable level for a professional player or advanced student.

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