Edwin Herrmann Violin Bow
The Herrmann family were prominent bowmakers based in the Vogtland region of Germany dating back to the 18th century. This example by Edwin Herrmann (1893-1972) is very typical.

Good early 20th century German bows still represent great value for money, and there’s nothing a Fétique can do that a nice Markneukirchen bow can’t do just as well.
This bow by Edwin Herrmann is a case in point – very nicely worked, attactive, and with very persuasive playing qualities.

The stick is of octagonal section orange brown pernambuco, mounts are silver and ebony. The frog carries the Herrmann family crest.

The condition is very good with no cracks or damages, just a bit of wear to the varnish.

This is a great all-rounder – the sound is clean and toppy but with a good solid core, the stick is measured but easy to get moving, and the weight and balance are just right. There’s a nice hint of “coffee grounds” in the tone, and if your violin is a bit too pure this bow would give it a nice edge.

I can’t really find any shortcomings in this bow – a very nice piece of wood altogether!

Mounts: silver/ebony

Dimensions: length 74.5cm, weight 60.2 grams

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