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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: $735.00
Bow weight: 60.0 grams
C418 Unstamped violin bow, Germany, late nineteenth century or early twentieth century$ 750.00
Despite the lack of any workshop identification, this bow has plenty of character and versatility. The slender-looking, round, pernambuco stick has a wiry strength, and while it weighs slightly less than the average violin bow, it pulls a clear, full sound. Good articulation in fast passage work combines with clean spiccato and sautillé, and an easily-controlled legato to make this a well-priced bow for the advancing student.
Start sale price: $750.00
Bow weight: 59.2 grams
C390 Stamped “Bausch”, Germany, early-mid twentieth century$ 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: $988.00
Bow weight: 60 grams
C430 Cello bow, Finkel Atelier, Switzerland, early twenty first century$ 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: $995.00
Weight: 83.4 grams
B920 Walter Mettal Baroque Bow$ 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.
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: $1,200.00
Bow weight: 62.6 grams
C440 “Diamond GX” Coda violin bow, USA, early twenty first century$ 1,200.00
Coda Bows, based in the US, has been one of the pioneers of carbon fibre bow manufacture, focusing on the middle grade to advanced student range. This Diamond GX model bow has excellent playing characteristics, with an excellent spiccato and sautillé action which we feel is superior to other, more expensive, bows in the Coda range. It is also heavier, at 61.5 grams, than other Coda Bow options, a factor which helps the bow to pull a full, though still sweet sound. A good balance in the hand and steadiness on the string help to make it a bow we can thoroughly recommend.
Start sale price: $1,200.00
Bow weight: 61.5 grams
C408 Unstamped viola bow, European, late nineteenth century$ 1,295.00
This unstamped, round, European viola bow has silver mounts and a hybrid version of the
Vuillaume” frog, giving it good stability at the handle. Extensively restored in our bow workshop, the bow has a good blend of playing characteristics, combining steadiness in fast legato passages, precise articulation and an excellent spiccato. It is priced remarkably well for a silver-mounted bow.
Start sale price: $1295.00
S346 Cello bow, F.C. Pfretzschner, Germany, twentieth century$ 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: $1,500.00
Weight: 80.5 grams
B763 European, unstamped, late 19th or early 20th century$ 1,600.00
With silver mounts and a warm dark brown, octagonal, pernambuco stick, this bow is unpretentious and workmanlike.