Violin Bows For Sale Under £5K

Our current selection of fine violin bows for sale under £5,000. Chosen for all-round playing ability and tone.

Alecio Reis Violin Bow, Brazil/UK 2014

£800

Alecio Reis Violin Bow
Alecio Reis is a Brazilian bowmaker based in Cheltenham, UK. He has access to some superb pernambuco! This is a very attractive bow which he made for us a few years ago – it has been well used and much loved, but its owner has recently ugraded with us. We’re delighted to offer it again … More details


A German Violin Bow, Markneukirchen circa 1930

£1,500

A German Violin Bow
This is an excellent silver mounted German bow with the playing qualities of a fine Nürnberger. More details


A Markneukirchen Violin Bow, Tubbs Copy circa 1920

£1,800

A Markneukirchen Violin Bow, Tubbs Copy
This is a very well observed Tubbs copy from the early 20th century, almost certainly made in Markneukirchen. It’s in perfect condition with no flaws or damages. The stick draws a big broad sound with very little effort, and performs well off the string too. An excellent all-rounder for an advancing player. More details


A French Violin Bow, Mirecourt circa 1890

£2,000 On trial

A French Violin Bow
This is a very attractive French violin bow made in Mirecourt, branded J Hel a Lille. It’s in fine condition and it draws an excellent sound. More details


August Rau Violin Bow, Markneukirchen circa 1935

£2,250

August Rau Violin Bow
August Rau was a very accomplished German maker who trained with Nürnberger, Knopf and Weichold before becoming independent. This is an example from his later period – it’s a great player in very good condition, but with a replacement adjuster. More details


Claude Thomassin Violin Bow, Paris circa 1905

£3,000

Claude Thomassin Violin Bow
This is a very fine German bow made in imitation of Claude Thomassin. It’s a great player, strong yet refined, and in excellent condition. More details


HR Pfretzschner Violin Bow, Markneukirchen circa 1940

£3,250

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


Roger Gérome Violin Bow, Mirecourt circa 1950

£3,500

Roger Gérome Violin Bow
Roger Gérome was primarily a dealer in accessories and tonewood, but he developed a very successful relationship with various Mirecourt bow-makers and sold their bows under his own stamp or “Gérome-Devoivre”. This is a lovely example with fine detailing and excellent wood. More details


Célestin Emile Clasquin Violin Bow, Paris circa 1930

£3,750

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


WE Hill & Son Violin Bow, London circa 1935

£4,000 On trial

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


K. Gerhard Penzel Violin Bow, Erlbach circa 1980

£4,500

K. Gerhard Penzel Violin Bow
The Penzel family have been making bows for over a century, and are still in business. K. Gerhard Penzel (1929-2017) was the third generation of the family. This bow is their top of the range “exquisit” model in gold and tortoiseshell, and is a superb playing stick in near mint condition. More details


HR Pfretzschner Violin Bow, Markneukirchen circa 1960

£4,500

HR Pfretzschner Violin Bow
An exceptional gold mounted HR Pfretzschner violin bow in near perfect condition – and a big sound. More details


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

£4,500

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


FN Voirin Violin Bow, Paris circa 1880

£4,500

FN Voirin Violin Bow
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. More details


Michael Taylor Violin Bow for Ealing Strings, London 1989

£4,750

Michael Taylor Violin Bow for Ealing Strings
Michael Taylor is a great contemporary maker who spent most of his working life at Ealing Strings. Now living and working in Spain, Michael continues to make bows of unusual beauty. More details


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