August Rau was a very accomplished German maker who trained with Nürnberger, Knopf and Weichold before becoming independent. This is an example from his later period – it’s a great player in very good condition, but with a replacement adjuster.
The stick is of light brown octagonal section pernambuco, mounts are silver and ebony.
I know I sound like a broken record, but German bows are so undervalued. I’m particularly drawn to the bows which follow the Knopf tradition like this one, not too heavy, with sprightly responsive sticks. I had a Rau bow as a teenager, and perhaps that’s why this bow feels so immediately familiar, especially the balance of the stick which is slightly towards the heel. This is a very tactile bow, quick to react, but not stiff in a way which alienates you from the sound. The tone is very slightly coloured, not enough to describe as gritty, but enough to warm up a rather clinical sounding violin.
If you are enlightened enough to realise that bows don’t necessarily have to be French, then this bow would be a great choice for an advanced student. The replacement adjuster makes it more affordable, but doesn’t compromise its playability in any way.
Dimensions: length 74.4cm, weight 59.3 grams
Click or tap an image to enlarge it. Click or tap again to supersize.
Interested in this August Rau Violin Bow?
Look at other violin bows under £5,000