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Violin bows

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 €

German violin bow, very good playing qualities

Inventory No.: B004
Provenance: Markneukirchen
Maker: German workshop
Weight: 61.9 g
Year: 2015
Price: 300.0 €

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German violin bow, silver mounted, M. Winterling - frog

German violin bow, mellow, light, silver mounted, M. Winterling

Inventory No.: B710
Provenance: Germany
Maker: M. Winterling
Weight: 53.2 g
Year: approx. 1950
Price: 550.0 €

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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 €

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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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 €


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 €

Violin bow from Markneukirchen, ca. 1930 - frog

Fine Markneukirchen violin bow, 1920ies

Inventory No.: B681
Provenance: Markneukirchen
Maker: Unknown
Weight: 58.1 g
Year: 1920 circa
Price: 850.0 €

Otto A. Hoyer „Pariser“, violin bow made around 1930

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 €



New arrivals in our catalogue:
  • Antique Hopf violin, approx. 1820
  • Modern German Bubenreuth violin, c1970
  • English violin bow, silver mounted, after James Tubbs
  • German violin bow, mellow, light, silver mounted, M. Winterling
  • Fernando Montavoci, rare 1936 Italian violin
  • Older German viola bow, silver mounted - a strong player
  • Fine and excellent silver mounted cello bow, Lothar Seifert
  • 3/4 - German 3/4 violin, Hermann Keim, 1991
  • WORKED OVER AND TONALLY OPTIMIZED: Contemporary Markneukirchen master viola, Jochen Voigt, 1982
  • Antique 19th century Mittenwald violin, approx. 1850
  • German silver-mounted violin bow, Markneukirchen, 1940's
  • H.R. Pfretzschner violin bow, silver mounted (certificate Klaus Grünke)
  • LEASE ONLY: Fine 18th century Italian violin (certificate Hieronymus Köstler)
  • Fine Mittenwald violin, Klotz circle, approx. 1780
  • LEASE ONLY: Interesting modern Italian violin, probably Luigi Mozzani, 1941
  • Good Mittenwald 7/8 violin, 1988, Mathias Klotz workshop
  • WORKED OVER AND OPTIMIZED: Historic French violin, Remy Paris approx. 1840 (certificate Bernard Millant)
  • Good French violin bow by Prosper Colas
  • Handsome old German violin, Saxony, approx. 1940
  • Jean-Joseph Honoré Derazey: French master violin (certificate Hieronymus Köstler)
  • Master violin bow, Knopf, 19th century
  • Good German violin bow, W. E. Dörfler
  • Silver mounted violin bow, Markneukirchen, Mathias Thomä
  • Markneukirchen violin bow, sophisticated sound, a lightweight player