Circle of Franciscus Geissenhof Violin, Vienna circa 1820

Circle of Franciscus Geissenhof Violin, Vienna circa 1820

When it comes to getting more sound for your pound, the makers of the closely related Prague and Vienna schools have to be at the top of anyone’s list. This violin is a perfect illustration, a beautiful early 19th century Strad copy with excellent tone and great playability which would run rings around many an Italian violin of the period.
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FX Tourte Violin Bow, Paris circa 1800

FX Tourte Violin Bow, Paris circa 1800

FX Tourte is without question the greatest name in the history of bow-making. Here we have a superb example from around 1800, original in all parts and in excellent condition. It’s a tremendous player worthy of a leading soloist.
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John Lott II Violin, London 1845

John Lott II Violin, London 1845

This is a beautifully preserved del Gesu copy by John Lott II, one of England’s finest makers. It’s a top class concert instrument in remarkable condition – a great violin for a soloist but also a highly collectable example.
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EA Ouchard Violin Bow, Paris circa 1940

EA Ouchard Violin Bow, Paris circa 1940

Emile Auguste Ouchard is the only 20th century maker whose popularity rivals that of Sartory – here we have a rather special bow from the late 1930s retaining all its original features. An outstanding player’s bow too…
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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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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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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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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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