French violin bows

Our custom selection of the finest French bows for sale: outstanding acoustics and characteristics in the great traditions of Tourte, Bazin and Sartory

Our custom selection of the finest French bows for sale: outstanding acoustics and characteristics in the great traditions of Tourte, Bazin and Sartory

Our custom selection of the finest French bows for sale: outstanding acoustics and characteristics in the great traditions of Tourte, Bazin and Sartory

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French violin bows

Musicians hold French violin bows in the same high esteem as Italian violins, and much as Antonio Stradivari is seen as the defining authority of the violin making standards that still dominate the art to this day, the historic luminary François Xavier Tourte was a figure whose innovative achievements have lived on far beyond his own life’s work. No disparagement is intended, however, towards the important masters who preceded Tourte, such as John Dodd from Great Britain or Christian Wilhelm Knopf from Germany; nevertheless, Tourte’s complicated design of the bow stick was based on mathematical principles and was indubitably a brilliant stroke that established the French tradition as it is more narrowly defined, giving rise to worthy and productive historic successors such as François Nicolas Voirin and Eugène Sartory. The fact that the French bow had a style-defining effect beyond national borders – including its influence on the work of “German Tourte” Ludwig Christian August Bausch or his English counterpart James Tubbs, to name only a few – does not diminish the clear cohesion of the specific line which reached its greatest zenith in France with the workshops of the families Bazin, Lamy, Morizot und Ouchard.