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Paul Weidhaas Cello Bow for Victor Fétique circa 1930


Paul Weidhaas Cello Bow
Paul Weidhaas is one of the most respected of early 20th century German bow-makers. Here we have a fine cello bow made in the French style, and in unusually pristine condition. More details

Johannes Paulus Violin Bow, Markneukirchen circa 1980


Johannes Paulus Violin Bow
The Paulus family have maintained a very high standard of making over several generations, and I particularly like their bows. This is a lovely example with chased silver mounts. More details

WE Hill & Son Cello Bow, London circa 1920


WE Hill & Son Cello Bow
This is a very fine Hill cello bow in silver and tortoiseshell, bearing the maker’s mark of William Johnston. It’s a rare early example in spectacular condition, and commanding a premium price. More details

Bausch Cello Bow, Markneukirchen circa 1920


Bausch Cello Bow
A good cello bow from the Bausch workshop, dating from the early 1900s. More details

Wilhelm Knopf Viola Bow, Markneukirchen circa 1870


Wilhelm Knopf Viola Bow
This is a composite bow – the stick is by Wilhelm Knopf, the button also Knopf and of the period, the frog later. It represents a great opportunity to get a superb player’s bow at a bargain price. More details

Charles Gaillard Violin, Paris 1853


Charles Gaillard ViolinFrench violin-making in the 19th century has been dominated by the Vuillaume shop, but there are numerous makers at this time who produced more beautiful and more individual work. Gaillard is one of these, and this is a great example with a lustrous varnish and an outstanding concert tone. More details

Etienne Pajeot Cello Bow, Mirecourt circa 1830


Etienne Pajeot Cello Bow
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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HR Pfretzschner Violin Bow, Markneukirchen circa 1940


HR Pfretzschner Violin Bow
It’s great to see the violin world finally waking up to the qualities of good German bows. There is absolutely no difference in quality of work or playability between fine French and German bows, and this Pfretzschner proves the point perfectly. Very elegant, made with superb materials, and a joy to use. More details

Peter Goodfellow Violin, Elgin 2003


Peter Goodfellow ViolinPeter Goodfellow is one of the most respected of contemporary makers – his instruments have won prizes for tone in numerous international competitions. This lovely violin from 2003 is in excellent condition and the sound is tremendous. More details

WE Hill & Sons Violin Bow, London circa 1930


WE Hill & Sons Violin Bow
This is a very fine Hill bow from between the wars, made by William R Retford as indicated by the two dots on the face plate. Quite a light bow but a very solid player. More details

A Milanese Violin circa 1720, possibly Carlo Rotta


A Milanese ViolinThis is a fascinating early 18th century Milanese violin by a maker from the circle of Giovanni Grancino. It’s a beautiful looking instrument with some unique points of style, and the sound is everything one might wish for from a fine Italian violin. More details

Charles Maucotel Violin, London 1851


Charles Maucotel ViolinCharles 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. More details

Pierre Pacherele Violin, Nice 1849


Pierre Pacherele ViolinPierre Pacherele is an outstanding maker with a serious following. He is best known for his association with Pressenda, and his violins are the most successful expression of the collaboration between Paris and Turin. More details

Dominique Peccatte Violin Bow, Paris circa 1840


Dominique Peccatte Violin Bow
Dominique Peccatte is probably the most influential maker of all time. While Tourte commands the highest prices, Peccatte brought the bow to a state of modernity which remains the archetype to this day. This is an unusually fine and rare example with an open frog and wood-to-wood mounts, but currently sporting a gold copy frog and button. More details

WE Hill & Son Violin Bow, London circa 1935


WE Hill & Son Violin Bow
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. More details

Louis Bazin Violin Bow, Mirecourt circa 1950


Louis Bazin Violin Bow
Bazin is one of the best known names in French bow-making. Like Morizot, the work of the earlier members of the family has been slightly devalued by the later workshop production, but Louis Bazin is a superb maker who is finally getting the recognition he deserves. More details

Célestin Emile Clasquin Violin Bow, Paris circa 1930


Célestin Emile Clasquin Violin Bow
A lovely French bow from one of the less well known makers of the early 20th century – very similar to EF Ouchard in style, also in feel. Robust yet quick on the draw, and pulling a big rounded tone. More details

Louis Morizot Violin Bow, Mirecourt circa 1925


Louis Morizot Violin Bow
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. More details

James Tubbs Violin Bow, London circa 1890


James Tubbs Violin Bow
No-one would pretend that James Tubbs was a consistent maker, but his best bows are amongst the finest bows ever made. And this rare unmodernised example is unusually good… More details

John & Henry Banks Small Viola, Salisbury circa 1790


John & Henry Banks Small ViolaThis is a superb English viola by John & Henry Banks, sons of the great Benjamin Banks. Late 18th century England was really the golden period for smaller violas, and makers such as the Banks, Betts, Powell etc succeeded in making instruments which offer a rich viola sound in a smaller body. More details

Jan Kulik Violin, Prague circa 1850


Jan Kulik ViolinJan 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. More details

Etienne Pajeot Violin Bow, Paris 1820-1825


Etienne Pajeot Violin Bow
Etienne Pajeot is one of the great early French makers, and his bows are highly sought after for their excellent technical qualities. This particular bow is an exceptionally well preserved early example and is highly collectable. More details

Frédéric Chaudière Viola, Montpellier 1990


Frédéric Chaudière ViolaFrédéric Chaudière is one of the most respected of contemporary makers, and his name is known internationally. This is a lovely viola from his earlier period – it’s in good condition and the sound is terrific. More details

Richard Grünke Cello Bow, Bubenreuth circa 1965


Richard Grünke Cello Bow
An exceptional gold-mounted bow in unused condition by one of the most esteemed German makers of the 20th century. More details

Gotthard Schuster Cello Bow, Bubenreuth circa 1970


Gotthard Schuster Cello Bow
Gotthard Schuster (1903-1987) was a very fine craftsman who enjoyed a long association with Rembert Wurlitzer in New York. This bow is a pristine example of his work. More details

Franz Albert Nürnberger Cello Bow, Markneukirchen circa 1910


Franz Albert Nürnberger Cello Bow
The Nürnberger family have been producing bows of the highest quality since the mid 19th century. Their aesthetic sense and attention to detail is unrivalled. This is a very rare gold and tortoiseshell cello bow by Franz Albert jun. in excellent condition. More details

Garner Wilson Viola Bow, Dingwall circa 1990


Garner Wilson Viola Bow
Garner ‘Tug’ Wilson was one of the last generation of Hill makers, joining the firm in 1960 and working there until 1966 before setting up on his own in Dingwall, Scotland. More details

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. More details

August Edwin Prager Viola Bow, Schönlind circa 1920


August Edwin Prager Viola Bow
Edwin Prager was a less prolific maker than his brother Gustav, but his work is very refined and slightly more sought after. This is a beautiful example in excellent condition, originally sold by Beare & Son More details

Garner Wilson Viola Bow, Dingwall circa 2000


Garner Wilson Viola Bow
Garner Wilson was one of the last of the Hill makers, and his work embodies the Hill tradition. Made with precision, well balanced, utterly reliable … More details

Etienne Laprevotte Violin, Paris 1825


Etienne Laprevotte ViolinEtienne Laprevotte is a rare Parisian maker who brought innovation and refinement to an essentially Mirecourt style. He is well documented in the literature as luthier to the Duke of Bordeaux, and principally known as a maker of fine guitars. This is the only violin I have seen of his, and all the more rare for being in excellent condition. More details

Joseph Couturieux Violin, Paris circa 1840


Joseph Couturieux Violin, Paris circa 1840Rather like a number 51 bus, you can wait and wait for a Couturieux, and then two come along at once. Very little is known about this maker who worked briefly for JB Vuillaume – as far as I know he didn’t make instruments under his own label, and we know him mainly from his signature found inside this violin and a viola we also have for sale.
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Joseph Calot Violin, Paris circa 1815


Joseph Calot ViolinJoseph 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. More details

Schwartz Frères Violin, Strasbourg 1841


Schwartz Frères Violin, Strasbourg 1841Théophile and Frédéric Schwartz ran a very successful business in Strasbourg in the early 19th century. Frédéric was primarily a bowmaker, and his bows are very highly regarded. Théophile focused on instrument-making, also working to a very high standard, but without achieving the same level of recognition. More details

Emile François Ouchard Violin Bow, Mirecourt circa 1925


Emile François Ouchard Violin Bow
We always try to keep a few bows by Ouchard Père in stock. His work is very dependable and quite undervalued. More details

James Tubbs/WE Hill Violin Bow, London circa 1870


James Tubbs/WE Hill Violin Bow
A good Tubbs is a thing of wonder, and this one is exceptional. Made for WE Hill and branded to the stick and the frog, this is very fine work from Tubbs’ early period. More details

Dominique Peccatte Violin Bow, Paris circa 1860


Dominique Peccatte Violin Bow
Dominique Peccatte is widely regarded as the greatest bow-maker of all time – his bows show unusual flair and workmanship, and they are unsurpassed in technical quality. More details

Nicholas Leonard Tourte Violin Bow, Paris circa 1805


Nicholas Leonard Tourte Violin Bow
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. More details

Victor Fétique Violin Bow, Paris circa 1925


Victor Fétique Violin Bow
Victor Fétique set up his workshop in 1913, and ran a busy and successful business for the next 20 years. Although much of the work was carried out by apprentices or outworkers, his own bows such as this one are amongst the best bows of the early 20th century. More details

Rodolfo Fredi Violin, Rome 1907


Rodolfo Fredi ViolinThis is an unusually fine violin by Rodolfo Fredi, in near mint condition and with an excellent concert sound. More details

Alfred Acoulon Violin, Mirecourt circa 1910


Alfred Acoulon Violin,Alfred Acoulon was the foremost luthier employed by the Jerome Thibouville Lamy workshops, and he produced their flagship instruments under the soubriquet “Lutherie Parisienne”. Violins sold under his label were made entirely by him – in 1912 an Alfred Acoulon cost 20 times the price of a Geronimo Barnabetti. More details

Georges Cunault Violin, Paris 1912


Georges Cunault ViolinGeorges Cunault was one of the finest French makers of the early 20th century, but his violins are rarely seen outside France. This is a beautiful del Gesu model from 1912 in excellent condition. More details

Giuseppe Cavaleri Violin, Genoa circa 1750


Genoese violinThis is a rare and interesting Genoese violin from the mid 1700s in a wonderful state of preservation and with an outstanding tone. More details

Charles JB Collin-Mézin Violin, Paris 1896


Charles JB Collin Mezin ViolinCollin-Mézin is one of the best known names in the violin trade. 19th century instruments made by or under the supervision of CH JB Collin-Mézin offer great tone and great workmanship at an affordable price. More details

Albin Hums Cello Bow, Markneukirchen circa 1930


Albin Hums Cello Bow, Markneukirchen circa 1930
This is a fine silver-mounted cello bow by Albin Hums – quite a superior model and in near mint condition. The stick is of round section orange pernambuco of medium stiffness. More details

Laberte Workshop Cello Bow, Mirecourt circa 1920


Laberte Workshop Cello Bow
The workshops of Marc Laberte produced a huge range of instruments and bows in the early 20th century – their silver-mounted bows are of consistently high quality. More details

Eugène Sartory Cello Bow, Paris circa 1900


Eugène Sartory Cello Bow
Eugène Sartory is probably the most popular maker of all time, and his bows are the mainstay of professional musicians the world over. More details

Alfred Joseph Lamy Cello Bow, Paris circa 1890


Alfred Joseph Lamy Cello Bow, Paris circa 1890
Alfred Joseph Lamy stands slightly in the shadow of his teacher and mentor FN Voirin, but I prefer his work. It’s not quite as clinical, and yet it retains the elegance and finesse which characterize these particular makers. Lamy’s cello bows are particularly fine, with the most beautiful elongated head shape. This is a lovely example in very good condition – deep red round section pernambuco stick, silver and ebony mounts with a plain eye and 3-part adjuster. There’s a small and very neat insert to the bottom of the head on the audience side and some minor wear to the back edge of the frog also on the audience side, otherwise no issues to report. More details

MSV Hardanger Fiddle (standard model)


Hardanger fiddle/ Hardanger violin 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.

Our Hardanger has 4 sympathetic strings, tune-able with ease thanks to the incorporation of Wittner geared pegs. Principal strings are traditional gut (normally tuned CGCE).
We generally have one of these instruments in stock – we’re also happy to make them to order with 5 sympathetic strings, dragon’s head scrolls, and/or traditional inlaid tailpieces and fingerboards. More details

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Bohemian Small Viola, circa 1900


Czech viola probably by a member of the Prokop familyProbably by a member of the Prokop family, this is a late 19th century Czech viola made on a Maggini model. It’s in great condition apart form a few dents and scuffs to the varnish. A very handy size, it has a dark and fruity sound, slightly melancholic, very musical. More details

Alfred Knoll Viola Bow, circa 1970


Alfred Knoll Viola Bow, circa 1970
This is an excellent gold-mounted bow by Alfred Knoll – according to Hartmut Knoll it dates from the late 1960s or early 1970s, although it looks brand new. It’s a very attractive bow of octagonal section red pernambuco, and it plays like a dream, not too stiff, not too slappy – silky would be the best word to describe the action and the sound. I would recommend it for an aspiring soloist – it’s clean, lively and very responsive. And it’s in perfect condition. More details

Roger François Lotte Viola Bow, Mirecourt circa 1970


Roger François Lotte Viola Bow, Mirecourt circa 1970
This is a lovely bow by Roger Lotte carrying his own later brand. It’s a classic example of his work with a rounded heel, Parisian eye, and a Simon-like backwards curve to the head. The fine red pernambuco is also typical – round in section, with mounts of silver and ebony. The condition is excellent.
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Nicolas Augustin Chappuy Small Viola circa 1770


Nicolas Augustin Chappuy Small ViolaThis is a fine 18th century French viola of the “Vieux Paris” school. It has a very credible Guersan label but in fact it’s the work of Nicolas Chappuy showing many of his trademark touches. More details

John Wilkinson Viola, London circa 1930


John Wilkinson ViolaJohn Wilkinson was a highly talented English maker of the early 20th century, best known for the copies of classical instruments he made for J&A Beare. This viola is a lovely example of his copy style. More details

Albert Nürnberger Viola Bow, Markneukirchen circa 1920


Albert Nürnberger Viola Bow, Markneukirchen circa 1920
This is a very fine Nürnberger family viola bow, probably an early work by Carl Albert Nürnberger. The brand with a * at each end came into use after 1910, yet some archaic aspects of this bow’s construction suggest that it can’t be much later than that. The bow has a silver face and a pinned underslide, and it oozes style. The stick is of beautifully flecked round section pernambuco – mounts are silver and ebony.
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WE Hill & Son Viola Bow, London circa 1950


W E Hill & Son Viola Bow
Hill bows have a well deserved reputation for consistency of workmanship and for the quality of the sticks. The finest sticks were branded WE Hill & Sons, and the best of those such as this bow were mounted in gold. More details

Emile Auguste Ouchard Viola Bow, New York circa 1950


Emile Auguste Ouchard Viola Bow
Emile Auguste Ouchard is one of the most highly valued bow makers of the 20th century. His style is individual and very precise, and the playing qualities of his bows are rarely surpassed. Many professionals use an EA Ouchard. This fine viola bow from his New York period is a very good example, powerful yet responsive and with a huge sound. More details

Albert Caressa Viola, Paris 1922


Albert Caressa ViolaAlbert Caressa and Henri Français took over and renamed the firm of Gand & Bernardel in 1901. Français retired in 1920, and for the remainder of his working life Caressa made instruments for the company under his own name. This lovely viola dates from this last period of Caressa’s working life. More details

Nicolas Maline Viola Bow, Paris circa 1850


Nicolas Maline Viola Bow
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. More details

Joseph Couturieux Viola, Paris circa 1850


Parisian violaJoseph Couturieux or Couturieux “Fils” is a little known maker who worked briefly for JB Vuillaume. This beautiful viola is something of an enigma – it has a Vuillaume label, it looks in many ways like a Vuillaume, yet it has an original Couturieux signature. More details

Gustave Bernardel Viola, Paris 1894


Gustave Bernardel ViolaIt would be hard to find a more perfect example of French craftsmanship than this fine viola by Gustave Berarndel. It’s a real collector’s piece too, relatively unused and with a great sound. More details

Claude-Augustin Miremont Viola, Paris 1870


Claude-Augustin Miremont ViolaFor some reason CA Miremont managed to produce instruments of superb tonal quality while those around him sometimes struggled. In particular his violas and cellos are consistently successful and greatly appreciated. More details

Johannes Theodorus Cuypers Viola, Den Haag (The Hague) 1777


Johannes Theodorus Cuypers ViolaJohannes Theodorus Cuypers is perhaps the best known and most respected maker of the Dutch School, and there are few non-Italian makers who command such admiration amongst players and experts alike. This is a really fine example from his best period, before he had his rather less dedicated sons to help him! More details

MSV 102 Violin, (Standard Violin) 2014


Cremonese pattern violinThis is one of a number of prototypes we made from Cremonese patterns when looking for a successful model with a short back length. This particular violin is 35.2cm but with a conventional stop length, and is designed with the smaller player in mind. Like all of our MSV violins, it’s made entirely with hand tools in Reghin, Transylvania, and is finished with an Italian Balsamic varnish. More details

MSV 108 Stradivarius Pattern Violin with Antique Finish, 2014


MSV 108 Stradivarius Pattern Violin with Antique Finish This is a good Stradivarius pattern violin made entirely with hand tools by one of our Hungarian makers in Reghin. The varnish is an “antiqued” finish which we have developed in collaboration with a specialist restorer in Budapest – we continue to refine this process and welcome any feedback. The sound is charming and refined, not the loudest violin we’ve produced but smooth and silky in character, unusually responsive, even with a light technique. More details

MSV 137 Stradivarius Pattern Violin (Artist Violin), 2016


hand made Stradivarius violinThis is a Stradivarius pattern violin made entirely with hand tools by one of our Hungarian makers in Reghin, and varnished in our shop in Budapest. It has a two-piece back of closely flamed maple and a rich gold/brown Italian balsamic varnish. The sound of this instrument is sweet and clean, articulate yet friendly. As with all our Artist violins, it has great balance and quick response, and is a delight to play. More details

A Mirecourt Violin circa 1920


Mirecourt ViolinA lovely Mirecourt violin with a stunning one-piece birds-eye maple back – in excellent condition and with a great sound. More details

Andrea Pontedoro Violin, Edinburgh 2007


Andrea Pontedoro ViolinThis is a very attractive modern Italian violin by Andrea Pontedoro, made during his period of residence in Edinburgh. Andrea is a fine maker who draws influence from the De Bonis family of his native Calabria. You can read more about him here. The model is individual, the wood is superb, the varnish rich and subtly shaded. More details

A Fine German Violin circa 1900


Fine German ViolinThis is a very nice example of a “Großstadtgeige”, literally “big city violin” of the sort produced in Berlin towards the end of the 19th century. The workmanship is excellent and the sound is first class. More details

A Good Mittenwald Violin circa 1780


good mittenwald violinThis is a very tidy late 18th century violin, probably Mittenwald by a follower of Bartholomaus Karner, showing all the typical features of South German construction. It has very rounded “Dutch Barn” shoulders, a one-piece bottom rib with inset saddle, inside mould construction with classic Mittenwald inner blocks, and a lovely soft red varnish. More details

Nils Nillson Violin, Malmö 1924


Swedish violinNillson has been the most significant surname in Swedish violin making for well over a century – in fact Nillson still have a shop in Linnégatan which I’ve often walked past on the way to a recording studio I frequent. Nils Nillson was the first and finest maker in the family, and this is a lovely example of his later work. More details

Domingos F Capela Violin, Espinho (Portugal) 1967


Domingos F Capela violinDomingos F Capela was the first member of the Capela dynasty which dominated Portuguese making in the 20th century. He worked very much in the Italian style, with crisp execution and without antiquing, and his violins and those of his sons have always been very popular. This particular violin is quite late, and is modeled on the Paganini “Cannone” by del Gesu. It bears its original certificate from the maker. More details

Charles JB Collin-Mézin 7/8 Violin, 1901


7/8 ViolinHere’s a very fine 7/8 Collin-Mézin with a 4/4 sound! It’s in spectacular condition for its age, and it plays beautifully. More details

Nicolas Mathieu Violin, Mirecourt circa 1800


Nicolas Mathieu ViolinA fine early Mirecourt violin in mint condition and with an excellent sound More details

Mathias Heinicke, Wildstein bei Eger 1931


This is a tremendous violin by the Hungarian-born maker Mathias Heinicke. Heinicke always claimed to have trained under Eugenio Degani, though this hasn’t been verified as far as I know. But whatever the truth of it, his violins show an unusual refinement and individuality, and are generally very successful tonally. More details

Carl Zach Violin, Vienna 1896


Violin from ViennaThe firm of Carl Zach & Co. was set up by the son of Thomas Zach in 1887. During their brief period of activity they produced some very beautiful instruments on a Stradivari model such as this excellent violin. More details

Thomas Perry Violin, Dublin circa 1780


Thomas Perry ViolinThomas Perry is the best known name in Irish violin-making. He lived a long life and ran various busy workshops, employing amongst others John Delaney, Richard Tobin, Vincenzo Panormo (briefly), and of course William Wilkinson of Perry & Wilkinson. Here we have a beautifully preserved example with an outstanding sound from around 1780. More details

An Italian Violin, Rome circa 1910


An Italian Violin from RomeIf you’re looking for an Italian violin with a great sound at a great price, look no further. Unfortunately this violin developed a very small incipient post crack in the back, which has now been patched. The repair is invisible, but the price is half what it was. More details

Alessandro Di Matteo Violin, Cremona 2009


Contemporary Italian violinAlessandro Di Matteo started out life as a professional violinist, but soon switched his attention to making. Perhaps that explains the unusual tonal refinement of this violin. I’m no big fan of contemporary making, particularly the New Cremonese school, but this violin really stands apart from that trend. It’s lightly built, individual in model, modest in appearance, and very mature and sophisticated in tone. The materials used are first class and the work is superb. More details

Betts Workshop Violin, London circa 1820


Betts Workshop ViolinIt’s questionable how many violins Betts himself made, but he employed an illustrious group of makers such as Tobin, Vincenzo and Joseph Panormo, both Bernard Simon Fendts and John Furber, along with other less well known names. Betts instruments tend to exhibit very high standards of craftsmanship and tone. More details

Georges Chanot (II) Violin, London 1861


Georges Chanot ViolinThe Chanot family have been hugely influential in the history of violin-making, both in France and in England. Georges Chanot II was sent to England by his father in order to stop him misbehaving in Paris – it definitely worked, and he became a consummate and very successful maker. More details

Paul Bailly Violin, London 1890


Paul Bailly Violin, London 1890Paul Bailly is definitely the most interesting maker to have come out of the Vuillaume shop, and this is the second of three violins of his which we will be offering. Bailly was a tireless experimenter – he also moved house a lot, working in Paris, Brussels, London, New York, Reims, Leeds, and finally Paris again! More details

Mario Gadda Violin, Mantua 1979


Mario Gadda Violin, MantuaMario Gadda is one of the best-known names in modern Italian violin-making, and this violin is a great sounding example of his own model in excellent condition. More details

Paul Blanchard Violin, Lyon 1894


Paul Blanchard ViolinPaul Blanchard was an outstanding maker who worked for HC Silvestre before setting up his own workshop in Lyon. The violins he made pre-1900 are vey highly regarded, and the del Gesu models particularly so. This violin is a spectacular example in mint condition, with an outstanding concert sound. More details

Charles Adolphe Maucotel Violin, Paris circa 1850


Charles Adolphe Maucotel Violin“A Vuillaume by any other name would smell as sweet …”! Here we have a superb sounding violin by Vuillaume’s right hand man, Charles Adolphe Maucotel. It is in almost all respects indistinguishable from a Vuillame, and it has a superb concert sound. More details

Alberto Blanchi Violin, Nice 1904


Alberto Blanchi ViolinBlanchi was perhaps the most refined maker of the Nice school. His ancestry as a violin-maker traces its way back through his father and Pierre Pacherel to Pressenda, and his work represents an excellent synthesis of French precision and Italian flair. More details

Joseph Hel Violin, Lille 1889


Joseph Hel ViolinThis is a very fine del Gesu copy by one of the most interesting of late 19th century French makers, Joseph Hel. It’s in unusually fine condition with no cracks or damages. More details

Giuseppe Tarasconi Violin, Milan 1892


Giuseppe Tarasconi ViolinYou can spot a Tarasconi from about a mile away – his violins are very characterful, with long outward-sweeping f-holes and big scroll eyes. This is a lovely example with a great sound. More details

Pierre & Hippolyte Silvestre Violin, Lyon 1844


Pierre & Hippolyte Silvestre Violin, Lyon 1844The Silvestres were exceptional makers, and their success owes much to their training with Nicolas Lupot and JB Vuillaume. The two brothers worked together from 1829 until 1848, and this violin is a very fine example of their collaborative work. It’s in an exceptional state of preservation, free from repairs or damages, and with very little wear to the original varnish. More details

Alecio Reis Violin Bow, Brazil/UK


New Brazilian Violin Bow,
This is a very blingy Tourte model bow made from excellent Brazilian pernambuco, assembled and finished by Alecio Luiz Dos Reis, a young Brazilian maker living in the UK. It represents excellent value for money. The stick is of dark brown round section pernambuco, mounts are silver and ebony. More details

Gotthard Schuster Violin Bow, Bubenreuth circa 1970


Gotthard Schuster Violin Bow
Gotthard Schuster (1903-1987) was a very fine craftsman who enjoyed a long association with Rembert Wurlitzer in New York. This bow is a pristine example of his work. More details

Emile F Ouchard Violin Bow, Mirecourt circa 1920


Emile F Ouchard Violin Bow
This is a great Ouchard stick with replacement mounts. Composite bows such as this one give a player the opportunity to buy a fine and fully functional stick at a bargain price. More details

Richard Grünke Violin Bow, Bubenreuth circa 1965


Richard Grünke Violin Bow
An exceptional gold-mounted bow by one of the most esteemed German makers of the 20th century. More details

Louis Morizot Violin Bow for Collin-Mézin, Mirecourt circa 1930


Louis Morizot violin bow
Collin-Mézin is one of the best known names in the violin trade, and their violins show great artistry and attention to detail. The bows bearing the firm’s brand are equally desirable – the majority, like this one, made by the Morizot workshop in Mirecourt under the direction of Louis Morizot. More details

Louis Piernot Violin Bow, Paris circa 1925


Louis Piernot Violin Bow
This is an unusually good Piernot bow made for Chanot-Chardon and carrying their brand. It’s in exceptional condition and it plays beautifully. More details

Jean-Jacques Millant Violin Bow, Paris circa 1970


Jean-Jacques Millant Violin Bow
This is a very fine Peccatte model violin bow by one of the most popular mid-20th century French makers. The stick is of round section orange pernambuco, the frog mounted in a semi-trench in the style of EA Ouchard. An exceptional bow in great condition. More details

Louis Morizot Violin Bow, Mirecourt circa 1935


Louis Morizot Violin Bow
Louis Morizot is a rather under-rated maker whose work can be quite outstanding. This bow is a great example in unusually fine condition. More details

Franz Albert Nürnberger Violin Bow, Markneukirchen c 1910


Franz Albert Nürnberger Violin Bow, Markneukirchen circa 1910
This is a very fine early 20th century Tourte model Nürnberger bow, bearing a “Saxony” brand on the underside of the stick behind the frog. The stick is of octagonal section red-brown pernambuco, mounts are silver and ebony. The condition is exceptional, with no issues to report. More details

Bernard Ouchard Violin Bow, Geneva circa 1960


Bernard Ouchard Violin Bow
You can recognize a Bernard Ouchard bow from a mile away – highly distinctive styling, beautiful workmanship, and always a touch of bling. Aside from being a very pretty object, this bow is an outstanding player which ticks all the boxes, and does great credit to its maker and to the illustrious Ouchard name. More details

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