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Emil Max Penzel, master violin bow ca. 1930 - frog
Emil Max Penzel, master violin bow ca. 1930 - 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: 59,5 g
Year: approx. 1930
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German master violin bow by Emil Max Penzel

This perfectly balanced violin bow was crafted by master Emil Max Penzel(1887-1953) around 1930. 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 Emil Max Penzel violin bow. At a length of 74.6 cm, its balance point is centered, slightly inclined towards the upper half of the stick and is measured at 27.2 cm. The round stick is of medium strength, high tension and good elasticity - it is made of red-brown pernambuco, and the ebony frog is shaped with nickel fittings that suit E. M. Penzel's preferred “French” style. This affordable Penzel master violin bow by the sought after maker is responsive and active in its playing, creating a warm, fluid, precise and noble, delicate sound.

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