François Nicolas Voirin Viola Bow, Paris circa 1880

François Nicolas Voirin Viola Bow, Paris circa 1880

FN Voirin is one of the greatest names in bow-making. Although his bows haven’t become a currency in the way that Sartory bows have, he is generally regarded as the better maker. While his bows are inevitably lighter, they have unparalleled elegance and are renowned for their quality of sound.
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Nicholas Leonard Tourte Violin Bow, Paris circa 1805

Nicholas Leonard Tourte Violin Bow, Paris circa 1805

Tourte is without question the most prestigious name in the history of bow-making. While FX Tourte was largely responsible for the design of bow that we recognize today, his older brother NL or “Tourte l’Ainé” was equally revolutionary.
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Calcagni Workshop Violin, Genoa circa 1750, Genoa circa 1750

Calcagni Workshop Violin, Genoa circa 1750

This is a rare and interesting Genoese violin from the mid 1700s in a wonderful state of preservation and with an outstanding tone. The head is probably not original to the violin.
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