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.

Along with Hans-Karl Schmidt, Richard Gruenke and his two sons Klaus and Thomas have dominated German making “post-Pfretzschner”. Gruenke himself was born in Poland, and apprenticed with Edwin Herrmann, then worked for HR Pfretzschner, Roderich Paesold and Alfred Leicht before setting up his own highly successful studio. His bows are very distinctive, with the emphasis on power and versatility.

This example is typical of his highest quality of work, and is in mint “as-new” condition. The stick is of octagonal section orange-brown pernambuco, mounts are gold and ebony.

This is a great bow, medium-heavy, very strong, and with a broad full tone. If you struggle to get a fat core sound out of your instrument, this bow would surely help – it just makes a viola sound more like a viola! Although it’s easy to get in motion, its primary quality is this calm and mature tone. Great articulation too, with enough bite to make a clear note out of the fuzziest C string.

Mounts: gold/ebony

Dimensions: Length 74.9cm, weight 72.9 grams

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