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Paul Weidhaas Cello Bow for Victor Fétique circa 1930


Paul Weidhaas Cello Bow
Paul Weidhaas is one of the most respected of early 20th century German bow-makers. Here we have a fine cello bow made in the French style, and in unusually pristine condition. More details

Johannes Paulus Violin Bow, Markneukirchen circa 1980


Johannes Paulus Violin Bow
The Paulus family have maintained a very high standard of making over several generations, and I particularly like their bows. This is a lovely example with chased silver mounts. More details

WE Hill & Son Cello Bow, London circa 1920


WE Hill & Son Cello Bow
This is a very fine Hill cello bow in silver and tortoiseshell, bearing the maker’s mark of William Johnston. It’s a rare early example in spectacular condition, and commanding a premium price. More details

Bausch Cello Bow, Markneukirchen circa 1920


Bausch Cello Bow
A good cello bow from the Bausch workshop, dating from the early 1900s. More details

Wilhelm Knopf Viola Bow, Markneukirchen circa 1870


Wilhelm Knopf Viola Bow
This is a composite bow – the stick is by Wilhelm Knopf, the button also Knopf and of the period, the frog later. It represents a great opportunity to get a superb player’s bow at a bargain price. More details

Claude Aubert Violin, Troyes circa 1770


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Giuseppe Lecchi Violin, Genoa circa 1930


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Charles Gaillard Violin, Paris 1853


Charles Gaillard ViolinFrench violin-making in the 19th century has been dominated by the Vuillaume shop, but there are numerous makers at this time who produced more beautiful and more individual work. Gaillard is one of these, and this is a great example with a lustrous varnish and an outstanding concert tone. More details

Etienne Pajeot Cello Bow, Mirecourt circa 1830


Etienne Pajeot Cello Bow
Etienne Pajeot is one of the great early French makers, and his bows are highly sought after for their excellent technical qualities. This is a relatively rare early cello bow in good condition.
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HR Pfretzschner Violin Bow, Markneukirchen circa 1940


HR Pfretzschner Violin Bow
It’s great to see the violin world finally waking up to the qualities of good German bows. There is absolutely no difference in quality of work or playability between fine French and German bows, and this Pfretzschner proves the point perfectly. Very elegant, made with superb materials, and a joy to use. More details

Peter Goodfellow Violin, Elgin 2003


Peter Goodfellow ViolinPeter Goodfellow is one of the most respected of contemporary makers – his instruments have won prizes for tone in numerous international competitions. This lovely violin from 2003 is in excellent condition and the sound is tremendous. More details

Albert Nürnberger Violin Bow, Markneukirchen circa 1930


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WE Hill & Sons Violin Bow, London circa 1930


WE Hill & Sons Violin Bow
This is a very fine Hill bow from between the wars, made by William R Retford as indicated by the two dots on the face plate. Quite a light bow but a very solid player. More details

A Milanese Violin circa 1720, possibly Carlo Rotta


A Milanese ViolinThis is a fascinating early 18th century Milanese violin by a maker from the circle of Giovanni Grancino. It’s a beautiful looking instrument with some unique points of style, and the sound is everything one might wish for from a fine Italian violin. More details

Charles Maucotel Violin, London 1851


Charles Maucotel ViolinCharles Maucotel was the first of the Parisian makers to come to London. A tremendous yet relatively unknown maker, here we have a beautiful del Gesu copy of his in excellent condition, and with a first class sound. More details

Pierre Pacherele Violin, Nice 1849


Pierre Pacherele ViolinPierre Pacherele is an outstanding maker with a serious following. He is best known for his association with Pressenda, and his violins are the most successful expression of the collaboration between Paris and Turin. More details

Dominique Peccatte Violin Bow, Paris circa 1840


Dominique Peccatte Violin Bow
Dominique Peccatte is probably the most influential maker of all time. While Tourte commands the highest prices, Peccatte brought the bow to a state of modernity which remains the archetype to this day. This is an unusually fine and rare example with an open frog and wood-to-wood mounts, but currently sporting a gold copy frog and button. More details

WE Hill & Son Violin Bow, London circa 1935


WE Hill & Son Violin Bow
There are few professional players who don’t have a Hill in their case. The firm’s reputation for quality and reliability is well deserved, and the bows carrying the WE Hill & Sons brand are always in demand. More details

Louis Bazin Violin Bow, Mirecourt circa 1950


Louis Bazin Violin Bow
Bazin is one of the best known names in French bow-making. Like Morizot, the work of the earlier members of the family has been slightly devalued by the later workshop production, but Louis Bazin is a superb maker who is finally getting the recognition he deserves. More details

Célestin Emile Clasquin Violin Bow, Paris circa 1930


Célestin Emile Clasquin Violin Bow
A lovely French bow from one of the less well known makers of the early 20th century – very similar to EF Ouchard in style, also in feel. Robust yet quick on the draw, and pulling a big rounded tone. More details

Louis Morizot Violin Bow, Mirecourt circa 1925


Louis Morizot Violin Bow
Louis Morizot’s main claim to fame is his association with Sartory, yet he’s a great maker in his own right. Under his sons, the family name became rather associated with mass production and clunky student bows, but at the time this bow was made, a Morizot was a thing of great refinement and beauty. More details

James Tubbs Violin Bow, London circa 1890


James Tubbs Violin Bow
No-one would pretend that James Tubbs was a consistent maker, but his best bows are amongst the finest bows ever made. And this rare unmodernised example is unusually good… More details

John & Henry Banks Small Viola, Salisbury circa 1790


John & Henry Banks Small ViolaThis is a superb English viola by John & Henry Banks, sons of the great Benjamin Banks. Late 18th century England was really the golden period for smaller violas, and makers such as the Banks, Betts, Powell etc succeeded in making instruments which offer a rich viola sound in a smaller body. More details

Hippolyte Chrétien Silvestre Violin, Paris 1888

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Hippolyte Chrétien Silvestre ViolinHippolyte Chrétien Silvestre is one of those makers whose violins always sound terrific. This example has some significant repairs, and presents a rare opportunity to get an exceptional tone at a low price. More details

MSV 119 ¼ size violin


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Paolo De Barbieri Violin, Genoa 1946


Paolo De Barbieri Violin
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Etienne Pajeot Violin Bow, Paris circa 1825


Etienne Pajeot Violin Bow
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Tomaso Eberle Violin, Naples circa 1770


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Jan Kulik Violin, Prague circa 1850


Jan Kulik ViolinJan Kulik is perhaps the most refined maker of the Prague school. His violins are very individual, artistic and yet precise. This is a fine example with a superb sound, loosely based on a Gragnani and carrying a Gragnani label. More details

Etienne Pajeot Violin Bow, Paris 1820-1825


Etienne Pajeot Violin Bow
Etienne Pajeot is one of the great early French makers, and his bows are highly sought after for their excellent technical qualities. This particular bow is an exceptionally well preserved early example and is highly collectable. More details

Frédéric Chaudière Viola, Montpellier 1990


Frédéric Chaudière ViolaFrédéric Chaudière is one of the most respected of contemporary makers, and his name is known internationally. This is a lovely viola from his earlier period – it’s in good condition and the sound is terrific. More details

Richard Grünke Cello Bow, Bubenreuth circa 1965


Richard Grünke Cello Bow
An exceptional gold-mounted bow in unused condition by one of the most esteemed German makers of the 20th century. More details

Gotthard Schuster Cello Bow, Bubenreuth circa 1970


Gotthard Schuster Cello Bow
Gotthard Schuster (1903-1987) was a very fine craftsman who enjoyed a long association with Rembert Wurlitzer in New York. This bow is a pristine example of his work. More details

Franz Albert Nürnberger Cello Bow, Markneukirchen circa 1910


Franz Albert Nürnberger Cello Bow
The Nürnberger family have been producing bows of the highest quality since the mid 19th century. Their aesthetic sense and attention to detail is unrivalled. This is a very rare gold and tortoiseshell cello bow by Franz Albert jun. in excellent condition. More details

Garner Wilson Viola Bow, Dingwall circa 1990


Garner Wilson Viola Bow
Garner ‘Tug’ Wilson was one of the last generation of Hill makers, joining the firm in 1960 and working there until 1966 before setting up on his own in Dingwall, Scotland. More details

Richard Grünke Viola Bow, Bubenreuth circa 1965


Richard Grünke Viola Bow
An exceptional gold-mounted viola bow by one of the most esteemed German makers of the 20th century. More details

August Edwin Prager Viola Bow, Schönlind circa 1920


August Edwin Prager Viola Bow
Edwin Prager was a less prolific maker than his brother Gustav, but his work is very refined and slightly more sought after. This is a beautiful example in excellent condition, originally sold by Beare & Son More details

Garner Wilson Viola Bow, Dingwall circa 2000


Garner Wilson Viola Bow
Garner Wilson was one of the last of the Hill makers, and his work embodies the Hill tradition. Made with precision, well balanced, utterly reliable … More details

Etienne Laprevotte Violin, Paris 1825


Etienne Laprevotte ViolinEtienne Laprevotte is a rare Parisian maker who brought innovation and refinement to an essentially Mirecourt style. He is well documented in the literature as luthier to the Duke of Bordeaux, and principally known as a maker of fine guitars. This is the only violin I have seen of his, and all the more rare for being in excellent condition. More details

Joseph Couturieux Violin, Paris circa 1840


Joseph Couturieux Violin, Paris circa 1840Rather like a number 51 bus, you can wait and wait for a Couturieux, and then two come along at once. Very little is known about this maker who worked briefly for JB Vuillaume – as far as I know he didn’t make instruments under his own label, and we know him mainly from his signature found inside this violin and a viola we also have for sale.
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Joseph Calot Violin, Paris circa 1815


Joseph Calot ViolinJoseph Calot is a fascinating figure in the history of violin-making. He is best known as a Turin maker for his association/collaboration with Pressenda, but he was also an apprentice in the workshop of Nicholas Lupot, and our violin is a bold variation on Lupot’s Paris style. This is a perfectly preserved example of Calot’s Parisian work, showing exceptional ability. More details

Schwartz Frères Violin, Strasbourg 1841


Schwartz Frères Violin, Strasbourg 1841Théophile and Frédéric Schwartz ran a very successful business in Strasbourg in the early 19th century. Frédéric was primarily a bowmaker, and his bows are very highly regarded. Théophile focused on instrument-making, also working to a very high standard, but without achieving the same level of recognition. More details

Georges Cunault Violin, Paris 1898


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MSV143 Cello 7/8 2017


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MSV139 Cello 3/4


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Giulio Degani Violin, Venice 1896


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