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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

Markneukirchen violin bow, bright, clear sound, lightweight

Inventory No.: B774
Provenance: Markneukirchen
Maker: Unknown
Weight: 55.5 g
Year: approx. 1940
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 €

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

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 €

English Silver mounted violin bow: soft stick, mellow tone - frog

English Silver mounted violin bow: soft stick, mellow tone

Inventory No.: B730
Provenance: England
Maker: Unknown
Weight: 59.1 g
Year: approx. 1940
Price: 750.0 €


French violin bow, Mirecourt, approx. 1920   - frog

French violin bow, Mirecourt, approx. 1920

Inventory No.: B768
Provenance: Mirecourt
Maker: J.T.L. or Laberte
Weight: 63.6 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 €


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

Fine 19th century English violin bow

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

German Markneukirchen violin bow with a blank frog - frog

1950's German Markneukirchen violin bow, silver, with a blank frog

Inventory No.: B758
Provenance: Markneukirchen
Maker: Unknown
Weight: 58.2 g
Year: 1950 circa
Price: 990.0 €



New arrivals in our catalogue
  • 3/4 - Antique French Médio-Fino 3/4 violin, approx. 1870
  • Fine German master bow
  • Powerful German violin bow by H.R. Pfretzschner
  • Ernst Heinrich Roth, old Bubenreuth violin from 1955, certificate
  • Modern Italian violin, Luigi Agostinelli, 1953
  • Old Czech violin after Niccolo Amati, c.1900
  • 7/8 - "Lady's violin", 7/8 violin, by Schuster & Co., c.1910
  • Old, 1940's Saxon violin, Markneukirchen, warm tones
  • Modern French soloist viola, Jacques Camurat, Paris 1958
  • French violin bow, atelier Charles Louis Bazin (certificate J.F. Raffin)
  • 3/4 - antique French 3/4 violin, Breton model
  • Silver-mounted violin bow, for K. van der Meer Amsterdam
  • Fine Markneukirchen violin bow after Sartory, sweet, sophisticated tone
  • Modern Mittenwald viola, Matthias Klotz 1982
  • Recommendable antique Markneukirchen violin with a dark, brilliant sound
  • Markneukirchen violin bow, bright, clear sound, lightweight
  • Antique Klingenthal violin, approx. 1850
  • Antique German violin by Wolff brothers, Kreuznach, 1905
  • Fine English violin, 19th century, soloist sound
  • Contemporary English master violin, Victor Unsworth, "Ysaye" Guarneri
  • 7/8 - Italian 7/8 violin, Carlo Melloni, Bologna 1932 (certificate Eric Blot)
  • 7/8 - Michael Reindl, Mittenwald 7/8 master violin, 1935
  • Italian violin by Delfi Merlo, Milano 1979 (certificate Delfi Merlo)
  • 1920's Italian violin by Stefano Caponetto (certificate Christian Lijsen)