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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 €

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Markneukirchen violin bow - ebony frog with Pearl eye

Markneukirchen violin bow of the 1950ies, bright, fluid tone

Inventory No.: B724
Provenance: Germany
Maker: Unknown
Weight: 58.5 g
Year: approx. 1950
Price: 450.0 €

German violin bow, Johannes Adler - frog

Excellent old German violin bow, 1930's, Johannes Adler

Inventory No.: B728
Provenance: Markneukirchen
Maker: for Johannes Adler
Weight: 60.1 g
Year: approx. 1930
Price: 550.0 €


Violin bow, Markneukirchen approx. 1940 - frog

Old violin bow from Markneukirchen, approx. 1940

Inventory No.: B493
Provenance: Markneukirchen
Maker: Unknown
Weight: 57.2 g
Year: approx. 1940
Price: 590.0 €

Fine quality Markneukirchen violin bow - frog

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 €


Silver mounted violin bow, Markneukirchen, Mathias Thomä - frog

Silver mounted violin bow, Markneukirchen, Mathias Thomä

Inventory No.: B695
Provenance: Markneukirchen
Maker: Mathias Thomä
Weight: 58.7 g
Year: mid 20th century
Price: 750.0 €

1930's violin bow from Markneukirchen, warm, mellow tone - frog

1930's violin bow from Markneukirchen, warm, mellow tone

Inventory No.: B738
Provenance: Markneukirchen
Maker: Unknown
Weight: 55.4 g
Year: 1930 circa
Price: 750.0 €

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Good French violin bow by Prosper Colas - frog

Good French violin bow by Prosper Colas

Inventory No.: B696
Provenance: Mirecourt
Maker: Prosper Colas
Weight: 57.7 g
Year: approx. 1900
Price: 750.0 €

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German Silver mounted violin bow - frog

German Silver mounted violin bow: bright, somewhat mellow tone

Inventory No.: B725
Provenance: Germany
Maker: Klaus Ringer
Weight: 63.3 g
Year: approx. 1990
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 €

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1920's violin bow by Max Schäffner, Hamburg - frog

German 1920's violin bow, Max Schäffner, Hamburg

Inventory No.: B699
Provenance: Hamburg
Maker: Max Schäffner
Weight: 59.0 g
Year: 1920 circa
Price: 790.0 €

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New arrivals in our catalogue:
  • Mozart bow - lightweight, active violin bow, silver, Germany
  • 1930's violin bow from Markneukirchen, warm, mellow tone
  • Strong, silver mounted viola bow, c.1980, Markneukirchen, Germany
  • Fine English violin bow by Frank Napier / W.E. Hill & Sons
  • Fine Czech Prague master violin, by Alois Bittner, 1930, No. 75
  • Eckart Richter, contemporary master violin, Markneukirchen
  • Interesting 18th century Markneukirchen viola, 1780 / 1790
  • 1/4 - Fine French 1/4 violin bow, Morizot Frères (certificate J.-F. Raffin)
  • German Markneukirchen violin after Guarneri, beautiful red oil varnish
  • 1920's Italian violin by Stefano Caponetto (certificate Christian Lijsen)
  • Powerful antique violin from Saxony, after J. Stainer
  • German Markneukirchen violin, Heinrich Th. Heberlein Jr., 1937
  • French violin from Mirecourt, approx. 1900
  • French violin with a singing tone, Amedee Dieudonne, 1945
  • 19th century: Antique German violin from Saxony, c.1850
  • Petite, late 18th century Italian violin, central Italy (certificate Hieronymus Köstler)
  • Rare German-English violin, Arnold Voigt, approx. 1890
  • Contemporary Markneukirchen master viola, Jochen Voigt, 1982, for soloists
  • Italian violin, Claudio Gamberini, circa 1930-50 (certificate Hieronymus Köstler)
  • Interesting historical violin by Johann Georg Leeb, Preßburg, 1786 (certificate Hieronymus Köstler)
  • Riccardo Bergonzi, contemporary Cremonese master violin (certificate R. Bergonzi)
  • Giulio Cesare Gigli, fine 18th century Italian violin, approx. 1750 (certificate E. Vatelot)
  • Mario Gadda, modern Italian violin after Oreste Candi, 1984 (certificate Mario Gadda)
  • English viola by Alan McDougall