German viola bow by Horst Schicker

This German viola bow was made in the late 1970s by Horst Schicker, master of bow making in Baiersdorf. It is a good example of handcrafted bows from the region of Bubenreuth, a traditional place of violin making in Bavaria. Schickers family roots lead back to the historical center of violin making in Germany, the so-called "Musikwinkel" in Saxony/Bohemia, where he was born in Fasattengrün near Eger (Cheb). After World War II, he...

This German viola bow was made in the late 1970s by Horst Schicker, master of bow making in Baiersdorf. It is a good example of handcrafted bows from the region of Bubenreuth, a traditional place of violin making in Bavaria. Schickers family roots lead back to the historical center of violin making in Germany, the so-called "Musikwinkel" in Saxony/Bohemia, where he was born in Fasattengrün near Eger (Cheb). After World War II, he absolved his apprenticeship with Emil Kühnl in Bubenreuth, and he opened his own workshop in 1971, a successfull family business since his daughter Michaela Schicker-Volkmann joined him in 1987. This viola bow is featuring a highly comfortable balance at a total weight of 73.5 g. Its balance point is measured at 27.8 cm of the total length of 75.3 cm; with a slight incline to the tip it is felt well-centered. The finely crafted round stick of brown pernambuco wood is quite strong and perfectly suitable for active and precise playing, featuring a clear, warm and well-rounded sound. The bow bears the original stamp "SCHICKER" on shaft over the nickel-mounted ebony frog and is offered in perfect condition.

Horst Schicker, German viola bow - frog
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