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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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Markneukirchen violin bow - ebony frog with Pearl eye

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

Inventory No.: B809
Provenance: Germany
Maker: Unknown
Weight: 60.1 g
Year: approx. 1950
Price: 260.0 €

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 €

Roderich Paesold, violin bow - frog

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 €

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 €

French violin bow from Mirecourt  - frog

Excellent French violin bow, Mirecourt approx. 1920

Inventory No.: B768
Provenance: Mirecourt
Maker: Unknown
Weight: 63.6 g
Year: 1920 circa
Price: 750.0 €

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 €

Good Markneukirchen violin bow after Tubbs - frog

Probably English violin bow, silver mounted, Hill model

Inventory No.: B776
Provenance: Probably England
Maker: Unknown
Weight: 55.4 g
Year: approx. 1940
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 €

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 €

New arrivals in our catalogue
  • H. Emile Blondelet workshop, old French violin, 1933  (Emile Blondelet)
  • Excellent French violin, Collin-Mézin (fils), 1947, "Le Victorieux", No. 120
  • Magnificent French solist violin, François Caussin, Neufchateau approx. 1850 (certificate Hieronymus Köstler)
  • Old, handmade Mittenwald orchestral violin, 1960's
  • 19th century: Antique French Mirecourt violin, Pailliot, approx. 1820
  • 3/4 - Fine French 3/4 violin, approx. 1910
  • Silver mounted Cello bow, Swiss Finkel workshop
  • French Ary cello bow, Mirecourt approx. 1980
  • French cello bow, Ary France - superior quality
  • Fine and powerful French violin bow, Marie Louis Piernot, Paris (certificate J. F. Raffin)
  • Fine French violin bow by Charles Nicolas Bazin (certificate J.F. Raffin)
  • Historically interesting French violin, by René Bazin, Lille 1936
  • Fine French cello bow, Louis Gillet (certificate J.F. Raffin)
  • Fine 18th century Mittenwald violin, petite and elegant, approx. 1780
  • Old French violin with a soloist tone, atelier Georges Coné, Lyon 1928
  • WORKED OVER AND OPTIMIZED: Contemporary Italian master violin, Virgilio Cremonini, 2012
  • Cremonese master violin, Piergiuseppe Esposti, 1998 (certificate Piergiuseppe Esposti)
  • 1/4 - Fine French 1/4 violin bow, Morizot Frères (certificate J.-F. Raffin)
  • 3/4 - French Mirecourt 3/4 violin bow
  • Excellent German master violin bow, sweet, fluid sound, 1920's
  • French violin bow, atelier Charles Louis Bazin (certificate J.F. Raffin)
  • Modern French soloist viola, Jacques Camurat, Paris 1963
  • Old Mittenwald violin, Josef Rieger, 1927
  • Fine English violin, late 18th century