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Violin bows


"Le violon, c'est l'archet!"


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 violin bows for sale 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.

Information on the selection and proper care of your bow:

The violin bow: Practical tips on care, rehair and maintenance

A brief depiction of the violin bow's history

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Good German violin bow, Markneukirchen - frog
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SALE: German violin bow, Markneukirchen, warm, gentle sound

Inventory No.: B691
Provenance: Markneukirchen
Maker: Unknown
Weight: 54.0 g
Year: approx. 1930
Price: 550.0 €

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

Silver mounted, Germany: Lightweight, softish violin bow

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

Soft stick, mellow tone: English Silver mounted violin bow

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

Markneukirchen violin bow with blank frog - head
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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

Violin bow by Mathias Thomä, Markneukirchen

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
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Violin bow by Karl Heinz Richter, silver mounted - strong and active

Inventory No.: B771
Provenance: Germany
Maker: Karl Heinz Richter
Weight: 63.5 g
Year: approx. 1970
Price: 950.0 €

silver mounted violin bow, Franz Bergner - frog

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

Silver mounted, after James Tubbs: English violin bow

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 violin bow after Tourte, master bow, 1920's

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

French violin bow, Mirecourt, JTL, approx. 1920   - frog

French violin bow, Mirecourt, probably J.T.L., approx. 1920

Inventory No.: B783
Provenance: Mirecourt
Maker: Probably J.T.L.
Weight: 61.2 g
Year: approx. 1920
Price: 1200.0 €

Lightweight German violin bow, approx. 1900 - frog

c1900, Interesting antique German violin bow

Inventory No.: B719
Provenance: Markneukirchen
Maker: Unknown
Weight: 53.0 g
Year: approx. 1900
Price: 1300.0 €



New arrivals in our catalogue
  • 3/4 -Antique 3/4 violin from Mittenwald, c.1880
  • Charles Louis Bazin: fine and powerful French cello bow (certificate J.-F. Raffin)
  • SALE: Old Mittenwald violin, J. A. Baader, c.1900
  • Bohemian student violin, c.1960/1970
  • 3/4 - warm and resonant sounding French 3/4 violin
  • SALE: Modern Italian violin, Piero Virdis, Pattada 2002 (certificate Piero Virdis)
  • SALE: Fine 18th century violin, Franz Knitl, Freising, 1769
  • Magnificent French violin, François Caussin, Neufchateau approx. 1850 (certificate Hieronymus Köstler)
  • TONALLY IMPROVED: Fine violin by Ernst Heinrich Roth, 1962 (certificate E. H. Roth)
  • Fine quality viola by Ernst Heinrich Roth, 1958
  • 1/2 - Mittenwald violin, Sebastian Hornsteiner, 1970
  • 3/4 - small antique 3/4 sized Mittenwald violin, Eugen Gärtner stock
  • Fine 18th century violin, Klotz circle, approx. 1790 (certificate Hieronyms Köstler)
  • Christoph Götting, contemporary elite master violin
  • Giovanni Lazzaro, Padova 1990: Italian violin
  • Old Italian violin, Officina Claudio Monteverde, Cremona 1921
  • Hopf, Klingenthal, early violin approx. 1800
  • Violin op. 13 by Alajos Werner, Budapest, 1910
  • Excellent French violin, Collin-Mézin (fils), 1947, "Le Victorieux", No. 120
  • H. Emile Blondelet, French violin, No. 235
  • SALE: French violin No. 73, Chenantais & Le Lyonnais, Nantes, 1933
  • Ernst Heinrich Roth concert violin, Bubenreuth, 1965
  • Fine Mittenwald master violin, c.1740, Sebastian Klotz circle
  • Fine Czech master violin after Guarneri, Schönbach, 1920