This is an outstanding later period Tubbs bow in great condition. The round section stick is of dark red-brown pernambuco, mounts are silver and ebony. The frog is plain and the adjuster slightly shorter than on a middle period bow. It’s quite rare to see a Tubbs in this sort of condition – there’s minimal wear to the stick and the frog, and all the silver is crisp and undamaged.
Tubbs bows are very variable – in the middle period Tubbs produced long whippy sticks best suited (in Retford’s words) to ‘the Maids of Mayfair’. But into the 20th century he standardized dimensions and used stronger wood almost without exception. This particular bow is 61 grams, and it has power and body while retaining the essential tonal superiority and refinement of a Tubbs. It’s one of the nicest examples I’ve come across, both in aesthetics and in playability. Strong yet nervy, the tone is full but with plenty of air – a very well balanced bow which ticks all the boxes.
Dimensions: Length 74.5cm, weight 61 grams
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