We try to keep several James Tubbs violin bows on the website – perhaps that gives a clue as to how we rate him as a maker. Do take a look at our article about Tubbs here.
His model is individual and very distinctive with long buttons, long rounded ferrules, the heads broad and elegant, always with a silver face. This example from Tubbs’ later period is in superb condition – excellent mid-brown pernambuco of round section with lovely figure, silver and ebony mounts, the plain ebony frog with its square heel characteristic of the period.
This bow weighs in at just over 58 grams, but the wood is dense and very strong, and the spring is just right. This is a bow that plays itself – its particular quality is that no sooner is it in the hand than you forget about it. For me there’s no higher praise for a bow. There’s no need to go into detail – it does everything with ease, and yet with that distinctive Tubbs character, which allows you to feel the sound all the way down the stick …
Dimensions: Length 74.5cm, weight 58.3 grams
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