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Vc75 “Dörfler” #7A cello bow, Bubenreuth, Germany$ 365.00
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. This model is Brazilwood with an ebony frog and an octagonal stick. It is a step up from the #6A model.
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.
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.
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: $735.00
Bow weight: 60.0 grams
C390 Stamped “Bausch”, Germany, early-mid twentieth century$ 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.
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.
C424 Unstamped violin bow, European, early twenty first century$ 800.00
This elegantly-made, silver-mounted, pernambuco violin bow has a remarkably good balance in the hand, feeling like a bow far lighter than its 62.8 grams while pulling a full sound in keeping with its weight. The playing characteristics are very much in line with other silver-mounted sticks, with precise articulation, a clean, controllable spiccato and sautillé, and a steady legato even at fast speeds. A head break has put this bow within financial reach of a much tighter budget than would usually be the case, while a fully professional repair will guarantee a long playing life.
Start sale price: $800.00
Bow weight: 62.8 grams
“Arpege” violin bow by JonPaul Bows, Utah, U.S.A$ 988.00
Initially inspired by the innovative carbon fibre bows of Benoit Rolland, JonPaul Bows have been developing a range of carbon fibre bows for violin, viola, cello and double bass over a number of years. The “Arpege” model was supposed to have gone out production, superseded by the “Corona”, but due to its persistent popularity among both dealers and players, it continues to be manufactured, sought after for its excellent set of playing qualities, combining steadiness, great articulation and bounce. At 60 grams, it is slightly lighter than the “Corona” violin bows.
Start sale price: $988.00
Bow weight: 60 grams
B920 Walter Mettal Baroque Bow$ 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.
S338 “E.L. Herrmann”, Germany, mid-20th century
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.
C388 “Wilhelm Raum”, Germany, mid-late twentieth century$ 1,200.00
Wilhelm Raum’s workshop made a range of bows throughout the mid-late twentieth century, mostly for the advanced student market.
This octagonal, pernambuco bow is a good example of his nickel-mounted bows, with a strongly-carved head, Parisian eyes and well-selected wood. The bow has a good legato action and articulation.
C413 “Schmitt*” violin bow, Germany, mid-late twentieth century$ 1,200.00
This silver-mounted, octagonal, pernambuco bow is a very good all-round choice for an advanced student. The stick is steady on the string for legato work, and has a strong, resilient bounce and clear articulation. At 62.6 grams, it is at the heavy end of the normal violin bow range, and would probably suit a strong player, or one who wants the bow weight to draw more sound from their instrument. “Schmitt” is the name of a well-known father and son team of French violin makers, but this bow is unlikely to have any connection with them.
Start sale price: $1,200.00
Bow weight: 62.6 grams