This is a very fine viola bow by James Tubbs, in an excellent state of preservation and with a huge and luminous tone.

Dating from around 1885, this is a fully realised middle period Tubbs bow. A long adjuster, a broad head, the classic “catfish” ferrule – all the features are very typical.

The stick is of dark red round section pernambuco, mounts are silver and ebony.

There is a tiny scratch to the top edge of the frog on the player’s side, otherwise there are no condition issues.

James Tubbs is famous for the quality of his viola bows, and this example is a dream, with a massive chocolatey sound and a great response.

The stick has the perfect combination of smoothness and growl – the tone is dark and complex. This bow will make any viola sound more like a viola!

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