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    Small cello bows (3)

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    Korean cello bows

    $ 70.00

    Sturdy beginner bow with wooden frog. Available for 4/4, 3/4, 1/2 and 1/4 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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    Vc100, Schumann, China, 2020

    $ 115.00

    Schumann bows are made in China, both from wood and from carbon fibre. This model is their entry-level wooden bow, but despite its modest price it is very neatly made, with Parisian eyes, nickel-silver mounts and an exotically-patterned abalone slide. The stick is strong and reliable, drawing a warm, full sound, and articulating cleanly.

    Available for 4/4 and 3/4 cello.

    Start sale price: $115.00

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    Vc110 “Schumann”, carbon fibre, China, 2020

    $ 149.00

    “Schumann” carbon fibre bows are visually attractive, with cleanly-finished ebony frogs featuring Parisian eyes and colourful mother-of-pearl. The sticks share the now-common “tweed” style finish we see with many other carbon fibre bows of this value. The performance, especially in the context of the price, is a stand-out, with a clean, crisp spiccato, excellent articulation, even at the tip during fast string crossings, and a steady, smooth legato. All in all, a bow that’s hard to look past.

    Start sale price: $149.00

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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” #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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    Vc109 JonPaul “Jean-Paul” Cello Bow, USA

    $ 665.00

    JonPaul bows are handmade in Salt Lake City, USA, by a workshop led by Jon Hatch and Paul Prier, son of the noted Utah violin dealer Peter Prier. Most of their bows are made from carbon-fibre, but this new model, “Jean-Paul”, is carved from pernambuco, the traditional bow-making wood. The round stick is cleanly and elegantly finished, and the ebony frog has Parisian eyes and nickel silver mounts. At just over 80 grams, this bow would suit a player who likes a warm tone and an agile stick, without too much weight in the hand.

    Weight: 80.3 grams

    Start sale price: $665.00

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    C492 Unstamped “Vuillaume” style, Europe, mid-late nineteenth century

    $ 1,500.00

    This elegant, nineteenth century cello bow has silver mounts and a frog fitted onto the round pernambuco stick in the Vuillaume style. The head is elongated and swan-like, in keeping with the overall finesse of the bow, which draws a smooth, creamy sound. At 75.5 grams, it will suit a more lightly-built player progressing through the higher grades.

    Start sale price: $1,500.00

    Bow weight: 75.5 grams

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    S521 “D. Carvalho Brasil”, Arcos Brasil, Brazil, early twenty first century

    $ 1,600.00

    Arcos Brasil, the parent workshop for “Carvalho” bows, was founded in the mid-1990’s, with a primary commitment to raise the standards of Brazilian bow making, while actively contributing to the conservation of pernambuco wood through propagation and planting. Their success in both projects is attested by the high quality of their workmanship and wood selection, and by the cultivation and distribution of over 200,000 pernambuco seedlings over the last 30 years. This silver-mounted cello bow is elegantly finished and has excellent playing characteristics.

    Start sale price: $1,600.00

    Bow weight: 82.35 grams

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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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