Bows

Affordable bow collection

An extensive collection of violin 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 violin bows from Arcos Brazil and Horst John for under $500.

Affordable Cello Bows

An extensive collection of cello 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 cello bows from Arcos Brazil and Horst John for under $800.

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 Brasil

Makers of these high quality pernambuco bows include Helisson Cyrillo, Alexandre Carvalho, and Claudio Chagas. Pictured above is a silver-mounted copy of a Lamy bow, by Alessandro Carlesso.

Arcos Brasil

The high quality pernambuco bows from Arcos Brasil are excellent for intermediate to advanced cellists. Pictured here is a silver mounted cello bow by Alessandro Carlesso.

Arcos Brasil

Makers of these high quality pernambuco bows include Claudeir Chagas, André Carvalho, and Pedro Fracalossi. Pictured above is a silver-mounted copy of a Sartory bow, by Alessandro Carlesso.

Arthur Bultitude

This bow has been sold.

Arthur Bultitude (1908-1990) was employed at the W.E. Hill & Sons firm in London starting at the age of fourteen, where he apprenticed under William Retford. After military service during the Second World War, he returned to Hill, where he was appointed manager in 1945. He stayed with Hill until 1961, when he set up his own workshop in Gills Green, Kent. During the following twenty years he made more than two thousand bows.

Many of Bultitude’s bows are decorated with a Tudor Rose on the frog, which can be seen on this violin bow dating from 1972. The bow has a tortoise shell frog mounted in gold, including a gold adjuster and face plate, and is in perfect condition.

Bernd Dolling

This bow has been sold.

Created in Wernitzgrun  in 1974, this Dolling bow is patterned after the work of Sartory. The mounting is in ebony and silver, with a magnificently ornamented ferrule, adjuster and heelplate.

Daniel Latour

This bow has been sold.

An ornate, ivory mounted baroque violin bow by Daniel Latour, France c. 1970. An exact copy of a bow owned by Sigiswald Kuijken.

Eugene Sartory

This bow has been sold.

This cello bow by Eugene Sartory was made in Paris c. 1920 at the height of his career. The round stick is mounted with an ebony frog that has a rounded heel. The frog is trimmed in silver and has a medium Parisian eye. The adjuster is silver capped, the solid cap being a feature of his work after 1910.

François Nicolas Voirin

This bow has been sold.

A fine cello bow by François Nicolas Voirin from c. 1880. The octagonal stick is of round chocolate brown pernambuco, and is mounted with an ebony frog that has a medium pearl eye. The three part divided adjuster is in ebony and silver. The weight of the bow is 79.1 grams, and it has a suppleness that allows the bow to fully engage the string and shape phrases easily. This bow is accompanied by a certificate written by the Parisian bow expert Jean-Francois Raffin in 2005.

Gand & Bernardel

This bow has been sold.

This violin bow was made for the Gand & Bernadel firm in Paris by the Voirin shop c. 1890.  It is accompanied by a certificate from the Parisian bow expert  Jean-Francois Raffin. The bow has a frog and adjuster from the period, but not original to the stick, making it a more affordable player's bow.

Gustav Prager

This bow has been sold.

An octagonal bow from the Gustav Prager shop, near Markneukirchen. 

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