“Le violon c'est l'archet! 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." The violin bow consists of a stick made of wood, mostly pernambuco or brazilwood, the handle which is called frog (usually made of ebony) and the hair made of Monglian horsehair. A good violin bow is traditionally 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 bend of the stick, the angle and shape of the head, and the strength and firmness and balance of the bow stick. Corilon violin's online catalogue offers a hand-selected portfolio of 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. Corilon violins online selection of German and French violin bows for sale range from good quality antique violin bows to fine violin bows with investment properties made by historical masters, brought to excellent condition and made ready to play in our master workshop: 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.