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Emil Max Penzel, master violin bow ca. 1910 - frog
Emil Max Penzel, master violin bow ca. 1910 - frog
Fine master violin bow by Emil Max Penzel -head
Fine master violin bow by Emil Max Penzel -head
Provenance: Erlbach
Maker: Emil Max Penzel
Weight: 59,3 g
Year: approx. 1910
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Fine master violin bow by Emil Max Penzel

This perfectly balanced silver mounted violin bow was crafted by master Emil Max Penzel(1887-1953) around 1910. He was the pater familias of a family of bow makers which has lived in Baden-Württemberg in southwestern Germany since the 1950s and continues to work today. In 1903, Penzel opened his own atelier in the Vogtland village of Erlbach after having spent ten years working for the famous master H. R. Pfretzschner in Markneukirchen, Saxony. Clear traces of use and wear confirm the excellent musical qualities of this bow, which lies much more lightly in the hand than its weight of 59.3 g would suggest. At a length of 74.3 cm, its balance point is perfectly centered and is measured at 25.5 cm. The strong round stick is made of brown pernambuco, and the ebony frog has genuine silver fittings that suit E. M. Penzel's preferred “French” style. This fine master violin bow by the sought after maker is responsive and powerful in its playing, creating a strong, precise and noble, delicate sound.

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