Joseph Henry Violin Bow, Paris circa 1850

Joseph Henry Violin Bow, Paris circa 1850

Here is another fine bow by Joseph Henry, perhaps our favourite maker. It’s a strong yet supple stick that produces a massive sound – some wear to the handle but otherwise in excellent condition.
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Charles Peccatte Violin Bow, Paris circa 1900

Charles Peccatte Violin Bow, Paris circa 1900

Nephew to Dominique Peccatte and son of François, Charles Peccatte was one of the select group of makers who served time in the Vuillaume shop. Here we have a very fine example of his later style, a great playing bow in an excellent state of preservation.
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Louis Gillet Cello Bow, Mirecourt circa 1940

Louis Gillet Cello Bow, Mirecourt circa 1940

This is an exceptional cello bow by Louis Gillet in near mint condition. It has an octagonal section stick of mid-brown pernambuco with a vivid random figure – mounts of silver and ebony.
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Grand Adam Cello Bow, Paris circa 1840

Grand Adam Cello Bow, Paris circa 1840

Another great cello bow from one of the less well known Vuillaume makers, Jean “Grand” Adam. A very attractive bow showing hardly any signs of use over its 150 year life, it makes quite an impression.
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Charles Brugere Viola, Paris 1894

Charles Brugère Viola, Paris 1894

This viola is one of the finest examples of the work of Charles Brugère in existence. The condition is near mint and the sound is warm and responsive.
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Luigi Salsedo Violin 1928

Luigi Salsedo Violin 1928

Here’s another lovely Salsedo violin from 1928, slightly bigger and bolder than the other example we have. The main difference is that it’s red not yellow…
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Jean Joseph Martin Viola Bow, Paris circa 1880

Jean Joseph Martin Viola Bow, Paris circa 1880

Jean Joseph Martin is one of the select group of makers who worked for the Vuillaume shop (1858-1863). His work is very individual, and this is an unusually well preserved viola bow of his from around 1870.
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Student violins for sale through teachers

Student violins for sale through teachers

We sell antique violins suitable for students through a network of violin teachers around the world – from Latvia to Los Angeles. If you are a teacher and would like to work with us please get in touch.

Student violins and bows

Student violin bows for sale through teachers

We sell antique violin bows suitable for students through a network of violin teachers around the world – from Latvia to Los Angeles. If you are a teacher and would like to work with us please get in touch.

Luigi Galimberti Violin, Milan 1930

Luigi Galimberti Violin, Milan 1930

Galimberti’s work is very close to that of his teacher Antoniazzi, and this violin bears an uncanny resemblance in the model, the varnish and the choice of wood. You might describe this as the classic modern Milanese violin – a broad and elegant Strad model with a rich orange-brown varnish with minimal shading.
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Nicolas Maire Violin Bow, Mirecourt circa 1840

Nicolas Maire Violin Bow, Mirecourt circa 1840

Nicolas Maire is a highly respected Mirecourt maker closely associated with Pajeot, but who made the all-important journey to Paris. His style evolved significantly during his working life – this mid-period stick is in immaculate condition and has superb copy mounts by Derek Wilson.
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JA Vigneron Violin Bow, Paris circa 1890

JA Vigneron Violin Bow, Paris circa 1890

This is a lovely bow by Joseph Arthur Vigneron, one of the outstanding makers of the late 19th century. The wood is spectacular, the condition is excellent, and it’s a great playing stick…
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Louis Bazin Violin Bow, Mirecourt circa 1930

Louis Bazin Violin Bow, Mirecourt circa 1930

Louis Bazin was a third generation bow-maker of consummate skill whose work is still undervalued simply because he worked in Mirecourt and not Paris. This bow is a mighty player and in top condition.
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Joseph Lafleur Violin Bow, Paris circa 1835

Joseph Lafleur Violin Bow, Paris circa 1835

Joseph René Lafleur is one of a number of great makers whose work sits between that of FX Tourte and the Peccatte school. This bow is very typical of his early work and close to that of his teacher Francois Lupot. It has some minor issues but it’s an outstanding player.
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Riccardo Antoniazzi Violin, Milan 1911

Riccardo Antoniazzi Violin, Milan 1911

Riccardo Antoniazzi is one of the principal members of the modern Milanese school. This lovely violin from his last period is in outstanding condition and the sound is powerful and complex.
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Emanuel Adam Homolka Violin, Velvary 1825

Emanuel Adam Homolka Violin, Velvary 1825

Emanuel Adam Homolka was the most talented maker to emerge from the Strnad workshop in Prague. His violins are rightly valued for their artistry and their tonal qualities. This is a lovely example with a unique silvery timbre.
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Jean Persoit Violin Bow, Paris circa 1820

Jean Persoit Violin Bow, Paris circa 1820

We are on something of a journey with Persoit, and this is the third bow of his we have offered this year. This one is a very interesting example of his early work. It’s unusually well preserved, and predictably enough it’s a fabulous player.
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Victor Fétique Cello Bow, Paris circa 1925

Victor Fétique Cello Bow, Paris circa 1925

Victor Fétique is a hugely popular maker – still relatively affordable, his bows are always beautifully executed yet functional. This cello bow has had a good deal of use but remains in very good condition.
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iccardo Genovese Violin, Montiglio 1926

Riccardo Genovese Violin, Montiglio 1926

Riccardo Genovese was the principal student of Annibale Fagnola, but his work is softer and the sound always more successful. This is a fine example in great condition with a powerful and very even sound.
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WE Hill & Sons Violin Bow, William Johnston circa 1935

WE Hill & Sons Violin Bow, William Johnston circa 1935

Yet one more excellent Hill bow, this time a fine early gold and tortoiseshell example with a stick by WIlliam Johnston, the frog bearing marks for Bultitude. Some wear to the stick but generally in very fine condition, and a lovely golden tone.
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Louis Gillet Violin Bow, Paris circa 1935

Louis Gillet Violin Bow, Paris circa 1935

Louis Gillet is best known as the maker of many late Sartory bows, but he was a formidable maker in his own right. This is an unusually attactive example – a very well balanced stick in top condition.
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Fornaciari Jr. Violin Bow, Brazil circa 2008

Fornaciari Jr. Violin Bow, Brazil circa 2008

Fornaciari Jr. bows are made in Brazil and are very popular in the US. There’s a wide range of models – this bow is at the top of the range, made with excellent pernambuco and with full silver mounts.
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Joseph Henry Violin Bow, Paris circa 1855

Joseph Henry Violin Bow, Paris circa 1855

This is a very fine Joseph Henry in excellent condition. I have a particular soft spot for Henry, and this bow doesn’t disappoint in looks or in playability. It’s a top level bow for a serious professional.
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James Tubbs Violin Bow, London circa 1880

James Tubbs Violin Bow, London circa 1880

Here we have a very attractive middle period James Tubbs violin bow, engraved DM/MD to the ferrule. Exceptional flamed pernambuco, a strong yet supple stick, and a gorgeous sound.
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FW Chanot Violin, London circa 1910

FW Chanot Violin, London circa 1890

FW Chanot belongs to a distinguished line of violin-makers and experts. This violin is a beautifully preserved del Gesu copy with a powerful and supremely well balanced tone.
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Jacques-Pierre Thibout Violin, Paris 1832

Jacques-Pierre Thibout Violin, Paris 1832

Jacques Pierre Thibout is considered to be one of the best Parisian makers of the early 19th century. We have two violins of his at the moment, this one very much a player’s instrument with some minor restoration and a big bold sound.
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Julius Hubička Violin, Prague 1943

Julius Hubička Violin, Prague 1943

This is an exceptional example of the work of Julius Hubička, a highly productive but maddeningly inconsistent maker of the early 20th century. This particular violin ticks all the boxes – great sound, great condition, great price.
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Louis Gillet Viola Bow, Nancy circa 1940

Louis Gillet Viola Bow, Nancy circa 1940

Louis Gillet is best known for his collaboration with Eugène Sartory,. Here we have a very fine Sartory inspired viola bow in excellent condition, and with playing qualities very similar to a good Sartory.
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Paul Bailly Violin, London 1890

Paul Bailly Violin, London 1890

Here we have another excellent Paul Bailly from 1890 – it’s a very responsive instrument in excellent condition, and a great example of this maker’s work.
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JB LeFebvre Violin, Amsterdam 1760

This is a rare and very pretty violin by the 18th century Dutch maker Jacques LeFebvre – it’s a superb sounding instrument in good restored condition.
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Giuseppe Rocca Viola, Turin 1858

Giuseppe Rocca Viola, Turin 1858

This is a remarkable small viola by Giuseppe Rocca in a very pure state of preservation, and with a tonal quality that’s quite astounding for the size.
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Alberto Guerra Viola, Modena 1957

Alberto Guerra Viola, Modena 1957

Made by Alberto Guerra, this is an excellent yet affordable modern Italian viola of good proportions with a warm, fruity sound. It has a slightly “lived-in” appearance but is free from any condition issues.
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Marino Capicchioni Viola, Rimini 1954

Marino Capicchioni Viola, Rimini 1954

This is a fine Italian viola of ideal proportions made by Marino Capicchioni in 1954 – it’s an unusually attractive example in excellent condition, with a big and bold sound.
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HC Silvestre Workshop Violin, Paris, circa 1890

HC Silvestre Workshop Violin, Paris, circa 1890

This is a lovely violin from the late 19th century bearing an authentic Silvestre label, but most likely a bought-in Mirecourt instrument. It has a terrific sound, and it would be ideal for a talented young player.
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Tomáš Hulinzky Violin, Prague 1776

Tomáš Hulinzky Violin, Prague 1776

Hulinsky is one of the most interesting Prague makers of the 18th century, and this is a very refined example of his work. Beautiful craftsmanship, great wood, and a first class sound.
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EF&EA Ouchard Violin Bow, Mirecourt circa 1925

EF&EA Ouchard Violin Bow, Mirecourt circa 1925

Here is another “collaboration” bow, made in the workshop of EF Ouchard but showing the hand of his son EA Ouchard. Made for Lucien Schmidt of Grenoble, this is a very high quality stick with an excellent playing character. Very good condition too.

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WE Hill & Son Violin Bow, William Johnston circa 1900

WE Hill & Son Violin Bow, William Johnston circa 1900

Everyone is familiar with the quality of Hill bows – here we have a very early silver and ivory example from around 1900 bearing the maker’s mark of William Johnston (first mark with vertical nicks). The sound is first class and the condition is unusually good.
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Georges Chanot Violin, Paris circa 1835

Georges Chanot Violin, Paris circa 1835

Georges Chanot is generally regarded as the finest French violin maker after Nicolas Lupot. He was a renowned conoisseur of Italian violins, and his del Gesu copies are particularly sought after. This is a great example, and the sound is as good as it gets.
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Hermann Prell Violin Bow, Markneukirchen circa 1920

Hermann Prell Violin Bow, Markneukirchen circa 1920

This is the second bow we have by Hermann Prell, whose main claim to fame was the fact that he worked briefly for Sartory. Here we have a fine silver-mounted example in unblemished condition, and a great all-round player.
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WE Hill & Son Violin Bow, London 1957

WE Hill & Son Violin Bow, London 1957

This is a fine gold mounted Hill bow from 1957, the stick made by Arthur Copley. It’s in excellent condition and its playing qualities are quintessentially Hill – unpretentious and utterly reliable!
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Stephane Muller Viola Bow, Toulouse circa 1990

Stephane Muller Viola Bow, Toulouse circa 1990

This is a beautifully made viola bow by contemporary French maker Stéphane Muller, bearing the serial number 9589. The wood is outstanding, the condition is very good, and the sound is bold and solistic.

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G B Gaibisso Violin, Alassio 1949

G B Gaibisso Violin, Alassio 1949

This is a beautiful modern Italian violin by GB Gaibisso, a lesser known but very talented Ligurian maker. It’s in perfect condition and has a great sound.
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Alfred Tubbs Violin Bow, London circa 1915

Alfred Tubbs Violin Bow, London circa 1915

This is an exceptional bow by Alf Tubbs, dedicated to the 1900 the winner of the Stainer Prize, Dora Robins. Slightly short and light, what was described at the time as a “ladies’ bow”, nonetheless a terrific player and a uniquely collectable Tubbs.
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Eugène Sartory Cello Bow, Paris circa 1910 (mounts not original)

Eugène Sartory Cello Bow, Paris circa 1910 (mounts not original)

Eugène Sartory is probably the most popular maker of all time, and his bows are the mainstay of professional musicians the world over. Here we have a very fine cello stick from his best period, very well preserved and of an ideal weight. The mounts are well-fitting copies, probably made for the bow.
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Jacques-Pierre Thibout Violin, Paris 1825

Jacques-Pierre Thibout Violin, Paris 1825

Jacques-Pierre Thibout is perhaps the most artistic of the Parisian makers. He was a contemporary of Nicholas Lupot, and if he had made faithful Strad copies rather than pursuing his own model he would probably be the better known maker. Here we have a beautiful example in immaculate condition – definitely the finest Thibout I have seen and the best sounding too.
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Arthur Bultitude Viola Bow circa 1970

Arthur Bultitude Viola Bow circa 1970

Arthur Bultitude is a highly respected English maker who spent much of his working life at Hills. On leaving the Hill shop he specialised in exquisite bows with ornamental frogs such as this lovely viola bow.
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WE Hill & Son Violin Bow, London 1939

WE Hill & Son Violin Bow, London 1939

WE Hill & Son bows come in many grades and levels of quality, but this bow must be one of the the best examples. A great player’s bow too, and in unusually fine condition.
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A French Viola Bow, Mirecourt circa 1920

A French Viola Bow, Mirecourt circa 1920

This is a lovely French viola bow of the Ouchard/Cuniot-Hury type, made in Mirecourt around 1930. Quite light in weight but packing a punch, this is a very versatile bow which draws a full and elegant sound.
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Étienne Pajeot Violin Bow, Mirecourt circa 1825

Étienne Pajeot Violin Bow, Mirecourt circa 1825

Étienne Pajeot is one of the most important figures in the history of bow-making. This example is a top class player’s bow in very fine condition The original frog is an experimental open ebony frog – we are offering the bow with an additional and more workable copy frog made by Yannick Le Canu.
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Georges Chanot Violin, Paris circa 1830

Georges Chanot Violin, Paris circa 1830

Georges Chanot is widely regarded as one of the greatest French makers, with a very personal style and a great reputation for tone. This example is an early Strad model, very artistic and with a phenomenal sound.
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Gand & Bernardel Viola, Paris 1888

Gand & Bernardel Viola, Paris 1888

Gand & Bernardel were the largest and most prestigious Parisian workshop of the late 19th century. To a great extent they took on the mantle of JB Vuillaume, adopting similar working practices, employing excellent makers and also producing beautiful bows.
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Pierre Simon Cello Bow, Paris circa 1860

Pierre Simon Cello Bow, Paris circa 1860

Pierre Simon is one of the great bowmakers of the mid 19th century, closely associated with Dominique Peccatte and Joseph Henry, but working in his own distinctive manner. Simon bows engender a quite fanatical devotion on the part of their owners – their combination of robustness and agility is unique.
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Joseph Alfred Lamy Cello Bow, Paris circa 1890

Joseph Alfred Lamy Cello Bow, Paris circa 1890

Joseph Alfred Lamy (or Lamy Père) stands slightly in the shadow of his teacher and mentor FN Voirin, but his work oozes elegance and finesse. Lamy’s cello bows are particularly fine, with the most beautiful elongated head shape. This is a lovely example in fine condition – deep red round section pernambuco stick, silver and ebony mounts with a plain eye and 3-part adjuster.
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Alessandro Carlesso Cello Bow, Brazil 2013

Alessandro Carlesso makes superb bows from Brazilian pernambuco – his work is very fine and the wood is outstanding. This bow has a round stick of very dark wood and is silver mounted with an ornamental adjuster.
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James Tubbs Violin Bow, London circa 1890

James Tubbs Violin Bow, London circa 1890

Sometimes I think we should open up a shop just to sell Tubbs bows – we seem to be selling more and more, and it’s great to see this unique maker taking his rightful place. Here we have a very good and typical middle period example in great condition.
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Auguste Barbé Violin Bow, Paris circa 1890

Auguste Barbé Violin Bow, Paris circa 1890

Auguste Barbé worked exclusively for Gand & Bernardel and for this reason is not nearly as well known as he should be. However, his bows are subtle and almost indistinguishable from those of his close colleague FN Voirin. Here we have a lightweight example in top condition.
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FN Voirin Cello Bow, Paris circa 1880

FN Voirin Cello Bow, Paris circa 1880

FN Voirin is the most highly regarded maker of the late 19th century – his work is particularly admired for its precision and beauty. In spite of their lightness his bows are much in demand for their luminous tone. Here we have a lovely lightweight cello bow, very strong for its weight and in excellent condition.
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François Lotte Viola Bow, Mirecourt circa 1935

François Lotte Viola Bow, Mirecourt circa 1935

This is a very handy viola bow made by François Lotte for Collin-Mézin, and bearing their brand. An all-round great player, and in excellent condition – however, the adjuster is nickel and not original to the stick.
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FN Voirin Violin Bow, Paris circa 1880

FN Voirin Violin Bow, Paris circa 1880

FN Voirin is close to the top of anyone’s list of makers. Here we are offering 4/5ths of a Voirin, since the upper fifth of the bow is a splice. However, the work is beautiful and the bow still has the special Voirin feeling.
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Victor Fétique Cello Bow, Paris circa 1930

Victor Fétique Cello Bow, Paris circa 1930

Another lovely cello bow by one of the more reliable 20th century makers. This example is very strong – the condition is excellent apart from a chip in the end of the stick by the adjuster and a bit of repairwork to the back plate.
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James Tubbs/WE Hill Violin Bow, London circa 1880

James Tubbs/WE Hill Violin Bow, London circa 1880

This is a fine early period James Tubbs, made for Hills and bearing their brand on both sides of the handle. Unusually light in colour for a Tubbs – some minor condition issues but otherwise a stunning bow from this great if erratic maker.
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Jean-François Aldric Violin, Paris 1835

Jean-François Aldric Violin, Paris 1835

Jean-François Aldric is one of the great names in French making, of the same generation as Lupot and Pique. In his later years he made superb Stradivari copies modelled on originals which he obtained from Luigi Tarisio, and our violin is one of these – a very faithful Strad copy displaying exquisite workmanship, with a real concert sound.
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Michael Albani Violin, Bolzano circa 1720

Michael Albani Violin, Bolzano circa 1720

The Albani family played a huge role in the development of violin-making, and yet their instruments are rarely seen. This violin is a very interesting example, following very closely on the work of Matthias but made by his son Michael. Always more successful tonally than Stainer (the other Tyrolean), this violin is no exception.
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Angelo Soliani Violin, Modena circa 1800

Angelo Soliani Violin, Modena circa 1800

Angelo Soliani violins are quite rare, and they are highly prized for their quality of tone. He seems to have been heavily influenced by Guadagnini, and the arching and varnish are very similar. This example is far from pristine, but it’s a great sounding instrument in good restored condition.
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Etienne Pajeot Cello Bow, Mirecourt circa 1830

Etienne Pajeot Cello Bow, Mirecourt circa 1830

Etienne Pajeot is one of the great early French makers, and his bows are highly sought after for their excellent technical qualities. This is a relatively rare early cello bow in good condition.

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Charles Maucotel Violin, London 1851

Charles Maucotel Violin, London 1851

Charles Maucotel was the first of the Parisian makers to come to London. A tremendous yet relatively unknown maker, here we have a beautiful del Gesu copy of his in excellent condition, and with a first class sound.
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WE Hill & Son Violin Bow, London circa 1935

WE Hill & Son Violin Bow, London circa 1935

There are few professional players who don’t have a Hill in their case. The firm’s reputation for quality and reliability is well deserved, and the bows carrying the WE Hill & Sons brand are always in demand.
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Louis Morizot Violin Bow, Mirecourt circa 1925

Louis Morizot Violin Bow, Mirecourt circa 1925 (branded Collin-Mézin)

Louis Morizot’s main claim to fame is his association with Sartory, yet he’s a great maker in his own right. Under his sons, the family name became rather associated with mass production and clunky student bows, but at the time this bow was made, a Morizot was a thing of great refinement and beauty.
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Jan Kulik Violin, Prague circa 1850

Jan Kulik Violin, Prague circa 1850

Jan Kulik is perhaps the most refined maker of the Prague school. His violins are very individual, artistic and yet precise. This is a fine example with a superb sound, loosely based on a Gragnani and carrying a Gragnani label.
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Joseph Calot Violin, Paris circa 1815

Joseph Calot Violin, Paris circa 1815

Joseph Calot is a fascinating figure in the history of violin-making. He is best known as a Turin maker for his association/collaboration with Pressenda, but he was also an apprentice in the workshop of Nicholas Lupot, and our violin is a bold variation on Lupot’s Paris style. This is a perfectly preserved example of Calot’s Parisian work, showing exceptional ability.
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Nicholas Leonard Tourte Violin Bow, Paris circa 1805

Nicholas Leonard Tourte Violin Bow, Paris circa 1805

Tourte is without question the most prestigious name in the history of bow-making. While FX Tourte was largely responsible for the design of bow that we recognize today, his older brother NL or “Tourte l’Ainé” was equally revolutionary.
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Calcagni Workshop Violin, Genoa circa 1750, Genoa circa 1750

Calcagni Workshop Violin, Genoa circa 1750

This is a rare and interesting Genoese violin from the mid 1700s in a wonderful state of preservation and with an outstanding tone. The head is probably not original to the violin.
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MSV Hardanger Fiddle (standard model)

Our Hardanger fiddle is a simplified version of a traditional Hardanger, made with a violin scroll and without ornamentation. The body is copied directly from an award-winning instrument by Sveinung Gyovland. This historic instrument had excellent tone and sustain, so we followed the outline, arching and thicknesses faithfully. The result is an affordable Hardanger with a completely authentic sound.
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Hippolyte Silvestre Violin, Lyon 1862

Hippolyte Silvestre Violin, Lyon 1862

Pierre and Hippolyte Silvestre were exceptional makers, and their success owes much to their training with Nicolas Lupot and JB Vuillaume respectively. The two brothers worked together from 1829 until 1848, and then worked independently – Hippolyte survived his brother by 20 years and produced the greater number of instruments, but both makers are accorded equal status within the trade. This Guarneri model violin is a superb example of Hippolyte’s later work, and it’s in great condition.
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Nicolas Maline Violin Bow, Paris circa 1865

Nicolas Maline Violin Bow, Paris circa 1865

Nicolas Maline, also known confusingly as Guillaume Maline, is quite a maverick figure from the Golden period of French bow-making. Even his dates are disputed, as is the question of whether or not he worked for Vuillaume. However, his work is unique and distinctive, and of the highest quality.
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