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    Korean viola bows

    $ 70.00

    Sturdy beginner bow with wooden frog. Available for full size viola.

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    Va72 Schumann, China, 2020

    $ 110.00

    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.

    Start sale price: $110.00

     

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    Va74 “Schumann” carbon fibre, China, 2021

    $ 275.00

    “Schumann” carbon fibre bows are visually attractive with cleanly-finished ebony frogs featuring Parisian eyes and nickel silver mounts. This model has a dark red-brown stick, subtly flecked to look like pernambuco wood. As a result this well-performing bow has a far more traditional look than the more common “braided” or “tweed” style finishes we are used to seeing with this grade of carbon fibre bow.

     

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    “Dörfler” #8, Bubenreuth, Germany

    $ 390.00

    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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    C485 “Ary France”, Carmaux, France, late twentieth century

    $ 650.00

    Ary France was founded in the 1980’s in Carmaux, a town in Southern France, as a large commercial bow-making workshop producing good-quality student bows under the guidance of the famous Lyon bowmaker, Jean-Frédéric Schmitt. Initially they focused on traditional wooden bows, using well-selected pernambuco, but diversified into carbon-fibre bow manufacture in the mid-1990’s. This cleanly-made viola bow has a strong, round, pernambuco stick which sits very steadily on the string but also articulates and bounces well.

    Start sale price: $650.00

    Bow weight: 68.0 grams

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    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

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    S406 Richard Grünke, Bubenreuth, Germany, mid-twentieth century

    $ 5,000.00

    Richard Grünke is one of Germany’s most prestigious modern bow makers. After training with Edwin Hermann and the H.R. Pfretzschner workshop, he joined the Roderick Paesold workshops, where he was their master bow maker for over twenty years. This fine, silver-mounted viola bow, made during that period, is stamped with Grünke’s name; the frog also bears the shield symbol containing his initials which he used at that time. The strong, octagonal stick is made from selected pernambuco, and is both steady and responsive. This bow would suit a professional player or advanced student planning for a career as a viola player.

     

    Start sale price: $5,000.00

     

    Bow weight: 67.1 grams

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