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.
Richard Gruenke’s bows tend to be on the heavy side, particularly the gold bows, and yet they never feel heavy in the hand. The balance is very persuasive, and the wood is selected for speed of response. The result is a bow which has endless power in reserve but which is neither tiring to play nor sluggish in feel. This particular bow has all these characteristics – it has a big, warm yet focused sound, it exudes confidence and solidity, but it responds quickly and nimbly. A lovely bow for a strong player – also a great choice for a lazy orchestral player who wants to make a big noise with minimal effort!
Dimensions: Length 74.3cm, weight 63.5 grams
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