Cello Bows

Selected contemporary and antique cello bows chosen for all-round playing ability and tone.

Albin Hums Cello Bow, Markneukirchen circa 1930


Albin Hums Cello Bow, Markneukirchen circa 1930This is a fine silver-mounted cello bow by Albin Hums – quite a superior model and in near mint condition. The stick is of round section orange pernambuco of medium stiffness. More details

Laberte Workshop Cello Bow, Mirecourt circa 1920


Laberte Workshop Cello Bow
The workshops of Marc Laberte produced a huge range of instruments and bows in the early 20th century – their silver-mounted bows are of consistently high quality. More details

Alfred Joseph Lamy Cello Bow, Paris circa 1890


Alfred Joseph Lamy Cello Bow
Alfred Joseph Lamy is one of the most artistic and refined of French makers, perhaps even more so than his mentor FN Voirin. His bows have something of a cult following – controversially, they work so well without being heavy. More details

Eugène Sartory Cello Bow, Paris circa 1900


Eugène Sartory Cello Bow
Eugène Sartory is probably the most popular maker of all time, and his bows are the mainstay of professional musicians the world over. More details

Victor Fétique Cello Bow, Paris circa 1925


Victor Fetique Cello BowThis is an exceptional gold-mounted Fétiqe cello bow bearing an Expo 1925 stamp, currently in unrestored condition with original lapping. More details

Alfred Joseph Lamy Cello Bow, Paris circa 1890


Alfred Joseph Lamy Cello Bow, Paris circa 1890Alfred Joseph Lamy stands slightly in the shadow of his teacher and mentor FN Voirin, but I prefer his work. It’s not quite as clinical, and yet it retains the elegance and finesse which characterize these particular makers. Lamy’s cello bows are particularly fine, with the most beautiful elongated head shape. This is a lovely example in very good condition – deep red round section pernambuco stick, silver and ebony mounts with a plain eye and 3-part adjuster. There’s a small and very neat insert to the bottom of the head on the audience side and some minor wear to the back edge of the frog also on the audience side, otherwise no issues to report. More details

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