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Violin bows

Violin bows are much more than just an indispensable accessory. The essential contribution of the violin bow to the violin's sound is a well-known secret still underestimated by many players. Or, in the words of maestro Giovanni Battista Viotti: "Le violon, c'est l'archet." Choosing an adequate violin bow that suits both the player and instrument can be a challenging task, and it calls for a broad spectrum of good bows to select from. View our online selection of old and antique bows for stringed instruments ranging from good quality English violin bows, German violin bows and French violin bows to fine works made by historical masters, namely John Dodd, Ludwig Bausch, H.R. Pfretzschner, Morizot, F.N. Voirin, J.A. Lamy, W.E. Hill & Sons, F.X. Tourte, Louis Gillet and Eugène Nicolas Sartory, all of which are professionally worked over with new hair, leather and winding and ready to play, just like all of our other old stringed instruments and bows. Follow the links for special recommendations for viola bows and cello bows online. Search our website for violin bows of a special maker or origin by typing e. g. "German violin bow" or "French violin bow" into the search box. Buy violin bows of quality online at Corilon violins: each one professionally restored by the luthiers in our violin shop and ready to play.

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Good German violin bow, W. E. Dörfler - frog

Good German violin bow, W. E. Dörfler

Inventory No.: B004
Provenance: Germany
Maker: W. E. Dörfler
Weight: 60.4 g
Year: 2017
Price: 300.0 €

Fine quality Markneukirchen violin bow - frog
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Markneukirchen violin bow, sophisticated sound, a lightweight player

Inventory No.: B508
Provenance: Markneukirchen
Maker: Unknown
Weight: 54.8 g
Year: approx. 1920
Price: 650.0 €

Good German violin bow, Markneukirchen - frog

Old German violin bow, Markneukirchen, warm, gentle sound

Inventory No.: B691
Provenance: Markneukirchen
Maker: Unknown
Weight: 54.0 g
Year: approx. 1930
Price: 650.0 €


German lightweight violin bow, soft - warm, mellow tone - frog
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Old German lightweight violin bow, soft stick - warm, mellow tone

Inventory No.: B747
Provenance: Unknown
Maker: Unknown
Weight: 54.2 g
Year: approx. 1920
Price: 750.0 €

Mozart bow - lightweight, active violin bow, silver, Germany - frog

Mozart bow - lightweight, active violin bow, silver, Germany

Inventory No.: B737
Provenance: Leipzig
Maker: Fritz Wunderlich
Weight: 56.6 g
Year: 1940 circa
Price: 790.0 €

Markneukirchen violin bow with blank frog - head

Excellent Markneukirchen violin bow

Inventory No.: B629
Provenance: Markneukirchen
Maker: Unknown
Weight: 58.9 g
Year: 1930 circa
Price: 850.0 €


Otto A. Hoyer „Pariser“, violin bow made around 1930
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Otto Albert ("Pariser") Hoyer, lightweight violin bow, circa 1930

Inventory No.: B686
Provenance: Markneukirchen
Maker: Otto A. Hoyer
Weight: 57.0 g
Year: approx. 1920
Price: 900.0 €

German Penzel violin bow, approx. 1950 - frog
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German Penzel violin bow, approx. 1950

Inventory No.: B756
Provenance: Ostrach
Maker: Penzel
Weight: 59.9 g
Year: approx. 1960
Price: 950.0 €

Silver mounted violin bow, after Lupot - noble tone - frog

Old, silver mounted violin bow, after Lupot - noble, classy tone

Inventory No.: B745
Provenance: presumbaly England
Maker: Unknown
Weight: 63.2 g
Year: 1930/1940
Price: 990.0 €


Fine 19th century English violin bow - frog
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Fine 19th century English violin bow

Inventory No.: B745/2
Provenance: England
Maker: Unknown
Weight: 59.3 g
Year: 1880 - 1900
Price: 990.0 €

English violin bow, silver mounted, after James Tubbs - frog

English violin bow, silver mounted, after James Tubbs

Inventory No.: B711
Provenance: England
Maker: prob. Richardson
Weight: 58.0 g
Year: approx. 1940
Price: 990.0 €

Fine German violin bow after Tourte, 1920's - frog

Fine German master violin bow after Tourte, 1920's

Inventory No.: B749
Provenance: Markneukirchen
Maker: Unknown
Weight: 55.7 g
Year: 1920 circa
Price: 1200.0 €



New arrivals in our catalogue
  • Justin Maucotel: A powerful French violin, c.1840
  • Modern Mittenwald viola, Matthias Klotz 1982
  • Dresden violin after Giovanni Paolo Maggini, Lowendall workshop, c.1880
  • Fine 18th century violin by Franz Knitl, Freising, 1789 (certificate Hieronymus Köstler)
  • Ernst Heinrich Roth, old Bubenreuth violin from 1955
  • French violin bow from war years, Mirecourt, probably Morizot Frères - unique
  • Jean-Joseph Martin, Fine French violin bow for J. Hel, approx. 1880 (certificate J.-F. Raffin)
  • 3/4 - Old French 3/4 sized violin, after Stradivari
  • Belgian violin bow, L. Dolphyn, Bruxelles approx. 1940
  • 1/2 - Excellent French 1/2 violin bow, approx. 1900
  • Modern, 1970's master violin, probably English
  • Petite, late 18th century Italian violin, central Italy (certificate Hieronymus Köstler)
  • Dark, brilliant sound: modern Markneukirchen violin after Stradivari
  • Antique Mittenwald violin, Neuner & Hornsteiner, 1912
  • Contemporary French violin, Alain Moinier, Mirecourt, 1992, No. 57
  • 3/4 – German 3/4 violin, Markneukirchen, approx. 1930
  • Fine Markneukirchen master violin, 1940's: Large, mature tone
  • Old German violin, c.1900, with a warm, large sound
  • Antique Markneukirchen violin, Schuster & Co., after Jacobus Stainer
  • Student violin by Meinel & Herold, Klingenthal, c.1940
  • Fine Mittenwald master violin, c.1740, Sebastian Klotz circle
  • 3/4 - antique French violin, Mansuy
  • Giulio Cesare Gigli, fine 18th century Italian violin, approx. 1750 (certificate Etienne Vatelot)
  • Old English violin, by Dykes & Sons London (W.E. Hill & Sons registration number)