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Fine, Rare and Antique Cello Bows

Below is an expanding list of fine, rare and antique cello bows that we have in inventory for in-shop trials. Trialing any of these bows out of the shop will be at our discretion. If you have any questions, feel free to Reach Out to us. 

 

$5,000 - $15,000

Rodney D. Mohr Pernambuco Cello Bow
#1127
Weight: 79.8g, Balance: 9 3/8", Octagonal stick
$9,000
Master level, hand crafted cello bow by American master bow maker Rodney D. Mohr.

Stamped with the number 1127 under the frog. Rodney D. Mohr on the stick above the frog, and Rodney D Mohr under the winding continuing onto the visible portion of the stick with Mohr visible.

Perfect weight and balance in combination with a strong stick with even straight grain. Made from select Pernambuco this cello bow performs with smooth precision. The feel throughout the length of this bow's stroke is steady and its tonal quality is clear and rich. It can snap off the string and also pulls a clear, present tone with the absolute lightest touch. See Listing for more information and purchase

 

Rodney D. Mohr Pernambuco Cello Bow
#1128
Weight: 79.5g, Balance: 9 3/8", Octagonal stick
$9,000
Master level, hand crafted cello bow by American master bow maker Rodney D. Mohr.

Stamped with the number 1128 under the frog. Rodney D. Mohr on the stick above the frog, and Rodney D Mohr under the winding continuing onto the visible portion of the stick with Mohr visible.

Perfect weight and balance in combination with a strong stick with even straight grain. Made from select Pernambuco this cello bow performs with smooth precision. The feel through out the length of this bow's stroke is steady and its tonal quality is clear and rich. It can snap off the string and also pulls a clear, present tone with the absolute lightest touch. See Listing for more information and purchase

 

John Greenwood Custom Cello Bow
A contemporary bow maker
A hybrid shape; not round, not octagonal.
Weight: 83g, Balance: 9 1/8"
$5,900
John Greenwood makes master quality handmade bows for string instruments. Based in San Francisco, John's bows are played by more than 25 members of the San Francisco Symphony, Opera, and Ballet, plus numerous musicians in the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke's, Atlanta Symphony, New York City Ballet, and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. In addition, a good number of concert soloists, concertmasters, and principal players play with Greenwood bows -- many exclusively. See Product Listing for more Information and Purchase

 

 

Paul Weidhaas Pernambuco Cello Bow (on consignment)
Weight: 81.5g, Balance: 9 5/16", octagonal stick
Stamp: Paul Weidhaas
Silver Mounted
$6,000
The Weidhaas name is one of the most well known early 20th century German bow makers. Weidhaas studied the art of bow making with many European makers. He was influenced by George Winterling in Hamburg, Germany, Josef Vedral in Den Haag and Max Moller in Amsterdam. Weidhaas also worked and apprenticed with Victor Fetique in Paris, another major influence in his life. Paul Weidhass lived from 1894-1962. See Product Listing for more Information and Purchase

 

David H. Forbes Cello Bow - on Consignment
Weight: 81.7g, Balance: 9 1/4", round stick, silver-fitted
Contemporary maker
$5,000
David H. Forbes is a decorated bowmaker and member of the American Federation of Violin and Bow Makers, for which he also served on the board. He is a member of the Violin Society of America and has been the Director of the Oberlin Bow Making Workshops for the VSA since 2005.

David’s awards include two gold medals and numerous certificates of merit in VSA competitions, the City of Paris competition, and the Manchester Cello Festival. He also served as a bow judge at the VSA International Competition in 2012.

David has almost 40 years of expertise and crafted close to 800 bows since embarking on the vocation in the early 1980’s. He was trained by William Salchow in New York and Stephane Thomachot in Paris. See Product Listing for More Information and Purchase

$25,000 - $40,000 

J.A. Vigneron 'Pére'
1890 Pernambuco Silver Mounted Cello Bow
Weight: 76.6g, Balance: 8 3/4", Octagonal stick
Stick is branded: A. VIGNERON A PARIS
Certification of Authenticity by P. Guillaume dated 12 Mars 2020
(Photo certificate from P. Guillaume will accompany the sale of this fine bow) 
Vigneron, Joseph Arthur b. 1851, d. 1905 Paris, France.

A very fine French cello bow from the hands of the prolific and highly skilled master bow maker. 

Known as Vigneron Pére. A very distinguished bow maker. Pupil and assistant of C. N. Husson until 1872, subsequently employed J. J. Martin and from 1880 by Gand and Bernardel. Established independently in Paris from 1888 at 54 rue de Cléry.

Classical French bow making, both octagonal and round sticks, of renowned playing quality and craftsmanship. Early work in the Bazin manner; later embraced the Vuillaume style, developing his distinctive personality in his independent years.

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