contemporary bass bow makers

Discussion in 'Bows and Rosin [DB]' started by crowsmengegus, Nov 28, 2010.

  1. Hi, I'd like to try to put together a list of double bass bow makers currently making and selling bows. Ideally it would be nice to know ballpark prices and french or german specialty (if any).

    I'll start with a few that I've found through my own research. Post if you know one not listed, I'll add it to the list. And if you own one that's listed, let us know what you think.

    Circa 1k
    Tom Owen
    Ed Shillitoe (historical bows)

    Circa 2k
    Don Smith (sold through KC strings, others?)
    Les Korus
    Zdzislaw Prochownik
    John Norwood Lee

    Circa 3k
    Marco Pasquino
    Eric Lane
    Brian Tunnicliffe
    Elizabeth Vander Veer Shaak
    Steven Reiley

    Circa 4k
    Roger Zabinski
    Andrew McGill
    Stephen Bristow
    Robert Dow
    Bernard Walke
    John Greenwood
    Bill Halsey
    Milan Oubrecht

    Circa 5k
    Boris Fritsch (website?)
    Reid Hudson
    Roy Quade (french only)
    Lee Guthrie (french only)
    Armin Seebass
    Michael Vann
    Michael Taylor
    Jean Grunberger

    Sue Lipkins
    Pierre-Yves Fuchs (sold through Robertson violins)
    Giovanni Lucchi

    Price range?
    Thomas Dignan
    Antonino Airenti (historical bows)
    Lorenzo Lazzarato
    John Clutterbuck
    Rodney Mohr
    Jean-Luc Tauziede
    Lynn Hannings
    George Rubino
    Emilio Slaviero
    G.B. Hembree
    Christopher English
  2. Boris Fritsch is a favorite of mine. His bows are 3500€, or perhaps $4500.
    Reid Hudson and Roy Quade both sell around 5k.

    Fuchs bows are now 6k from Robertsons.
  3. Hi Paul, thanks for the info.

    Am I right that Fritsch makes bows that Rabbath plays?

    Being that you are in Paris, do you know anything about Jean-Luc Tauziede?
  4. jumpjibe


    Aug 10, 2010
    Rodney Mohr (French & German)

    Roy Quade does only French bass bows
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  6. Do you know the price range for Mohr's bows?

    Also, I had a good laugh at this one; check out his "4G" bow:

    "The slide will remove exposing a 4G flash drive permanently embedded into the frog. With a USB cord, the bow can connect directly to your computer."

  7. prelims222


    Sep 20, 2004
    Southeast US
    I've been eyeing bows by Armin Seebass for a while now. I know the Bass Cellar has 2 at $4500.
  8. quenoil


    Jan 20, 2007
    Bernard Walke $3500

    Bernard made a bow for me this summer and I really love it.
  9. quenoil


    Jan 20, 2007
    Yes - François has bought 4 bows from Fritsch and plays them pretty much exclusively these days.
  10. Added a couple more. Anyone have price info on Hannings, Rubino, Pasquino, etc.?

    I'm also curious about more makers (if there are any!) in the lower price range, 1k to 3k.
  11. Maybe the Brazilians...
  12. ritchietime


    Sep 18, 2007
    Brooklyn Ny
    I'm a big fan of Roger Zabinsky bows. :D
  13. Right! How could I forget; in my own state even!
  14. LouisF

    LouisF Supporting Member

    Apr 21, 2003
    Los Angeles, CA
    My Pasquino bow was $2500 three years ago. Bill Halsey is a great bow maker - his bows run around $4K - John Norwood Lee; also Milan Oubrecht in Prague; there's John Greenwood in the SF area (also $4-5K bows)

  15. Eric Swanson

    Eric Swanson

    Oct 8, 2007
    Boston, MA

  16. John Norwood Lee's site doesn't seem to indicate that he makes bass bows, but I see that there's one of his german bows for sale at Upton for 1200. Anybody use one of his? Does he sell them in that price range?
  17. I can't find any info on Donald MacKenzie besides the page you pointed out. Anybody know anything about him?
  18. Phil Rowan

    Phil Rowan

    Mar 2, 2005
    Brooklyn, NY
  19. quenoil


    Jan 20, 2007
    Claude Marchand is not a bow maker - that is Martin's house brand of bow.
  20. Marchand is not a real person I guess. Not to say those bows are not very nice! I'd be curious to try one.
  21. LouisF

    LouisF Supporting Member

    Apr 21, 2003
    Los Angeles, CA
    I used one of the Marchand bows (and a Martin bass) for my show at the Berlin bass conference. I was very impressed with the bow (German, in my case). Ian and Peter (of Tom's shop) said they were made in Banbury (England)... obviously not by "George Marchand"... Andrew McGill would be my guess... but that's pure speculation on my part.