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H. R. Pfretzschner violin bow, Tourte model - frog
H. R. Pfretzschner violin bow, Tourte model - frog
Violin bow by HR Pfretzschner, model Tourte - head
Violin bow by HR Pfretzschner, model Tourte - head
Provenance: Markneukirchen
Maker: H. R. Pfretzscher
Weight: 58.6 g
Year: approx. 1930
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H. R. Pfretzschner violin bow, Tourte model

The name H. R. Pfretzschner enjoys a particularly high standing in the annals of Markneukirchen bow making. Trained under J. B. Vuillaume in Paris, this master craftsman received the highest of honours even during his own lifetime by being appointed the official purveyor of the royal Saxon court in 1901. As a result, he then confidently put the regal crest on the frogs of his bows. This particular bow, model "Tourte", which was made around 1930, has genuine silver fittings on its ebony frog and also bears this seal. Its octagonal stick is made of the finest quality light-brown pernambuco, creating a strong, agile violin bow with great resilience. At a length of 74.8 cm and a weight of 58.6 g, this bow after FX Tourte is very active, thanks in part to the central position of its balance point at 27.2 cm (incl. button). Its outstandingly powerful, large sound is clear and radiant.

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