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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 competently restored by our professional violin makers and ready to play.


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Roderich Paesold, violin bow - frog
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German violin bow by Roderich Paesold - a soft player

Inventory No.: B004
Provenance: Baiersdorf
Maker: Roderich Paesold
Weight: 58.2 g
Year: approx. 1970
Price: 480.0 €

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 €

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

Lightweight, softish violin bow, silver mounted, Germany

Inventory No.: B784
Provenance: Germany
Maker: Unknown
Weight: 56.8 g
Year: 1940 circa
Price: 750.0 €


German Penzel violin bow, approx. 1960 - frog
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German Penzel violin bow, approx. 1960

Inventory No.: B1030
Provenance: Ostrach
Maker: Penzel
Weight: 58.6 g
Year: approx. 1960/1970
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 €


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 by C.A. Hoyer, Markneukirchen - frog
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Silver mounted violin bow by C.A. Hoyer, Markneukirchen

Inventory No.: B744
Provenance: Markneukirchen
Maker: C.A. Hoyer
Weight: 58.5 g
Year: approx. 1940
Price: 890.0 €

German violin bow, Markneukirchen, Mathias Thomä - frog

Old German violin bow Markneukirchen, Mathias Thomä

Inventory No.: B789
Provenance: Markneukirchen
Maker: Mathias Thomä
Weight: 58.5 g
Year: mid 20th century
Price: 950.0 €


Strong, active violin bow, by Klaus Ringer, Silver - frog

Strong, active violin bow, by Karl Heinz Richter, Silver

Inventory No.: B770
Provenance: Germany
Maker: Karl Heinz Richter
Weight: 63.5 g
Year: approx. 1970
Price: 950.0 €

silver mounted violin bow, Franz Bergner - frog
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Powerful German violin bow, Richard Geipel

Inventory No.: A95
Provenance: Markneukirchen/Schönlind
Maker: Richard Geipel
Weight: 60.9 g
Year: approx. 1990
Price: 950.0 €

Markneukirchen violin bow, c.1930 - frog
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Fine quality Markneukirchen violin bow, c.1930

Inventory No.: B802
Provenance: Markneukirchen
Maker: Unknown
Weight: 61.4 g
Year: approx. 1930
Price: 990.0 €


German Markneukirchen violin bow with a blank frog - frog

19w0's German Markneukirchen violin bow, with a blank frog

Inventory No.: B758
Provenance: Markneukirchen
Maker: Unknown
Weight: 58.2 g
Year: 19w0 circa
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
  • Good Schönbach viola, Ferdinand Fischer, 1935
  • Charles Louis Bazin: fine and powerful French cello bow (certificate J.-F. Raffin)
  • TONALLY IMPROVED: Contemporary Italian violin, Gianni Norcia, Bologna
  • TONALLY IMPROVED: Contemporary Italian master violin, Virgilio Cremonini, 2012
  • Nicolò Gagliano, 1762: Fine Neapolitanian violin (certificate J. & A. Beare)
  • Lothar Seifert, German master violin bow, silver
  • English master violin no. 50 by George Hudson
  • Old Czech violin full of character, made in the Italian style, c.1900
  • 3/4 - German student violin, Saxony, 1950ies
  • Old French violin, J.T.L. - Jerome Thibouville-Lamy
  • Markneukirchen violin by Meinel & Herold, "Künstler-Violine Nr. 20", Guarnerius model
  • Interesting modern violin by Beare & Son, Beijing 1995
  • Albert Nürnberger: Powerful silver mounted violin bow
  • Old, warm sounding French violin, Mirecourt, 1920's
  • Antique German violin after Amati, approx. 1900
  • Giuseppe Lucci, fine Italian viola, Rome 1967 (certificate Eric Blot)
  • Mario Bedocchi, fine Italian viola (certificate by Eric Blot)
  • Fine Italian viola by Marcello Martinenghi, 1949 (certificate Eric Blot)
  • François Fent, a fine historic French viola of the late 18th century (certificate Hieronymus Köstler)
  • Aldo Zani, fine contemporary Italian viola
  • Stefano Conia, , Modern Italian viola, Cremona 1985 (certificate Stefano Conia)
  • Fine Italian viola, Umberto Lanaro, Padova (certificate Robert Bein)
  • Fine viola, Mittenwald, approximately 1800
  • Baroque viola in original condition, Mittenwald, approx. 1800 (certificate Christian Lijsen)