Viola Bows

John Dodd c. 1825

John Dodd, often referred to as "The English Tourte," was one of the defining figures in early 19th century English bow making. After earlier work in Lambeth, Dodd worked in the Kew area of London, where he supplied bows to the Betts, Forster, and Banks shops, and also made his own bows stamped "DODD." He was one of the first makers to employ a bow stamp.

This viola bow is made of very fine Pernambuco, and is stamped "DODD" on the thumb side of the heel. it dates from the first quarter of the 19th century, with a frog and adjuster which were replaced later.

Affordable Viola Bows

An extensive collection of viola bows under $250 include bows from JonPaul in Brazilwood, Sandalwood and Ipe. There are also quality inexpensive bows from Eastman Strings, including pernambuco bows. Carbon fiber bows can also be an interesting option in this price range. Our carbon fiber bows are from Arcos Brazil and from Coda. The most basic bows are under $100 and we find them to be quite servicable playing sticks, and better than the choice of fiberglass.

We also carry quality pernambuco viola bows from Arcos Brazil and Horst John for under $500.

Arcos Brazil

Makers of these high quality pernambuco bows include Claudeir Chagas, André Carvalho, and Pedro Fracalossi.