Recently sold, £12,000
I have to admit that I’ve woken up rather belatedly to the qualities of a fine Tubbs. The wood in his bows is very variable, and some seem just too soft or light to be useful. But the bows he made with strong and dense wood like this one are amazing. His model is individual and very distinctive with long buttons, long rounded ferrules, the head broad and elegant, always with a silver face.
This example is in slightly tatty condition, hence the friendly price – there’s a bit of wear to the thumb projection, and a few nibbles to the ebony where it meets the underslide, but there are no other issues. The stick itself is in excellent condition – typical dark chocolate brown pernambuco of round section with lovely figure, silver and ebony mounts, the slightly acute cut to the back of the frog indicating a 19th century model.
Another great Tubbs – in most respects it plays like this one. However, the stick is lighter, and perhaps this bow is slightly more nimble and subtle. It comes down to personal taste – I would be happy with either one.
Dimensions: Length 74.7cm, weight 59 grams
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