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C275 German, unstamped, mid-late 20th century$ 600.00
This unstamped bow has a round, pernambuco stick, a silver wire lapping, Parisian eyes and a lined pearl slide. The stick sits well on the string and feels relatively light in the hand making it suitable for younger players.
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.
Conrad Götz, model BC60, Germany$ 695.00
The Conrad Götz company has been making high quality bows for many years. This brazilwood, octagonal bow is from the middle of their student range.
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.
S314 Unstamped “Dynasty”, China early twenty first century$ 1,000.00
It is rare to come across a bow that is genuinely made of snakewood, as this one is. Much-prized as a bow-making wood in the Baroque era, it has now been superseded by its South American co-habitor, pernambuco, in modern bow-making. This bow has a fine stick and an elegant finish, but nonetheless weighs over 86 grams, giving a refined but powerful playing experience.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
C365, Unstamped, European, early-mid 20th century
This is a fairly heavy violin bow, at 63.5 grams, but it feels very comfortable and well-balanced in the hand. The round stick is made from an excellent, strong pernambuco, and the lower section has been finished with an extended octagonal section in the French style. The bow sits very steadily on the string, draws a warm, full sound, and bounces and articulates clearly.
S247 Bryant cello bow$ 1,995.00
Percival Bryant, Ovingdean, England, early-mid 20th century bow
Percival was one of the few distinguished English bow makers of the early-mid 20th century who did not train at W. E. Hill and Sons. He worked as a bow maker at George Withers for eight years, before setting up his own bow-making workshop in Ovingdean, East Sussex, in 1932. An angled back lining, and Vuillaume-style frog and stick fitting distinguish this bow physically. At 84 grams, it feels firm and forceful in the hand. A beautifully executed splice repair through the head has reduced this price to place it within reach of good players with smaller budgets.