Viola Bows

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

New Viola Bows by A. Reis

One in stock at present

£850

New Viola Bows by A. Reis
These new viola bows are made from excellent Brazilian pernambuco, assembled and finished by Alecio Luiz Dos Reis, a young Brazilian maker living in the UK. They represent exceptional value for money. More details


Roderich Paesold Viola Bow, Bubenreuth circa 1970

£1,300

Roderich Paesold Viola Bow, Bubenreuth circa 1970 This is a nice silver-mounted viola bow from the Paesold workshops, branded Roderich Paesold *. The stick is of octagonal section red pernamubuco – there are no condition issues other than some heavy wear to the pearl slide and a couple of minor marks on the ferrule. More details


Emil Max Penzel Viola Bow, Erlbach circa 1960

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Emil Max Penzel, Erlbach circa 1960
Emil Max Penzel is a rather under-rated maker, and this is a superb example of his later work. The stick is of very dark and dense pernambuco, round section, with silver and ebony mounts. Excellent playing qualities – lots of dig, a smooth broad legato and an easy bounce. Suitable for a professional player and in excellent original condition. More details


Alfred Knoll Viola Bow, circa 1970

£2,500

Alfred Knoll Viola Bow, circa 1970This is an excellent gold-mounted bow by Alfred Knoll – according to Hartmut Knoll it dates from the late 1960s or early 1970s, although it looks brand new. It’s a very attractive bow of octagonal section red pernambuco, and it plays like a dream, not too stiff, not too slappy – silky would be the best word to describe the action and the sound. I would recommend it for an aspiring soloist – it’s clean, lively and very responsive. And it’s in perfect condition. More details


WE Hill & Sons Viola Bow, London circa 1930 (Albert Leeson)

£4,500

WE Hill &  Sons Viola Bow, London circa 1930 (Albert Leeson)This is a very nice example of the general output of the Hill shop between the wars. Branded simply “Hill”, and a bit more economical on the mounts than the pricier models, it’s nonetheless a very good playing stick. Albert Leeson joined the Hill shop in the 1920s and quickly showed enough talent to be allowed to work on his own – his bows are identified by a number 3 on the silver face plate. More details


Morizot Frères Viola Bow, Mirecourt circa 1940

£5,500

Morizot Frères Viola Bow, Mirecourt circa 1940
The Morizot workshop in Mirecourt was formed in 1937 by the sons of Louis Morizot. It was a busy place full of talented and competitive people, and the quantity and quality of bows produced is staggering. This particular bow is a very fine example in perfect condition, made for Collin-Mézin, and with an ornamental “R” engraved on the ferrule. The stick is of octagonal section red-brown pernambuco of high quality, mounts are silver and ebony. More details


Claude Thomassin Viola Bow, Mirecourt circa 1915 (John & Arthur Beare Stamp)

£13,500

Claude Thomassin Viola Bow, Mirecourt circa 1915Claude Thomassin worked for Gand & Bernardel before setting up on his own , first in Paris then from 1904 in Mirecourt. He was a highly respected and very successful maker who supplied bows to numerous shops and instrument-makers. J&A Beare in London bought bows from Thomassin, as did Withers and many others. His bows are very distinctive, mainly on account of the heavily swept back ferrule and rounded frog – the work is of high quality and the bows generally play very well. More details


Eugène Sartory Viola Bow, Paris circa 1935

Eugène Sartory Viola Bow, Paris circa 1935This is a superb Sartory viola bow in near pristine condition, stamped E SARTORY A PARIS, and certified by Pierre Guillaume. Sartory bows represent a kind of gold standard for professional players – utterly reliable, with the brilliance of the greatest of French makers, but with a weight and balance that works for modern technique. The stick is of round section red brown pernambuco with silver and ebony mounts. The condition is superb – there are no issues to report aside from a minor repaired pin crack to the stick at the adjuster. More details


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