"The violin -- that is the violin bow!"
The violin bow is much more than just an indispensable accessory: The violin bow's essential contribution 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!" (It's all about the violin bow!). A violin bow is traditionally handmade and has a weight between 55 - 65 g. The violin bow stick consists of brasil wood or pernambuco wood, the frog is made of ebony in most cases (tortoise shell has been used by some French and English makers on especially fine violin bows). The bow hair is Monglian horsehair, known for its special strength. A good violin bow is handmade by a bow maker who sensitively tunes the parts of the violin bow stick, frog and hair to each other. The playing characteristics of the violin bow are determined by the bent of the stick, the angle and shape of the head, and the strength and firmness and balance of the violin bow.
Our violin bows are carefully selected and tested for our catalog and are characterized by their excellent sound quality, playability and craftsmanship. Corilon violins places special emphasis on a wide range of selected antique German and French violin bows, including rare master bows and investment pieces by Eugène Nicolas Sartory, Jean-Joseph Martin, W.E. Hill & Sons, and H. R. Pfretzschner.
Old and antique violin bows
The right violin bow makes a decisive contribution to the sound of your violin. Corilon's online catalogue offers a hand-selected portfolio of old and antique violin bows for sale representing several different high quality standards and periods, up fine violin bows and high-quality masterpieces of famous bow makers of the German, English and French tradition. Feel free to e-mail us for violin bow recommendations.
German and French violin bows for sale
Corilon's catalogue of German and French violin bows range from good quality antique French brasil wood violin bows to fine violin bows with investment properties made by historical masters of France - brought to excellent condition and made ready to play in our master workshop. Each new, old or antique violin bow is sold with a return policy, a trade-in option and an optional certificate, each one is offered in perfect condition. Please also refer to our portfolio of master violins; our collections of fine stringed instruments are distinctive collections. Find information on the care, maintenance and history of your stringed instrument in our library and browse some violin bows we have sold.