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Old bass bows

Discussion in 'Bows and Rosin [DB]' started by CPike, Mar 11, 2009.

  1. CPike


    May 28, 2005
    Dallas, TX
    Yesterday evening I was assisting a cellist colleague of mine in testing some bows he is auditioning, and he stumped me with a line of inquiry to which I was embarrassed to admit ignorance. He asked if any of the big name, Tourte-era bow makers made any bass bows that are still in use today. The only name I could come up with was Sartory (I know, much later than Tourte), and I just told him that bass bows from the 18th and 19th centuries probably aren't common and few have survived from that period. Luthiers and historians please chime in - can anyone give some insight into bass bow use then and now, and if any players today are actually using bows from this period?

  2. Phil Rowan

    Phil Rowan Supporting Member

    Mar 2, 2005
    Brooklyn, NY
    I was thinking Vigneron, but upon further inspection, he was born 16 years after Tourte passed away. O bow experts, care to chime in?

    ps - Did Cramer make any bass bows?
  3. dchan


    Nov 19, 2005
    Bethlehem, PA
    You might want to ask Ken Smith this question on his forum
  4. Phil Rowan

    Phil Rowan Supporting Member

    Mar 2, 2005
    Brooklyn, NY
    I wonder if the moderators can move threads onto his forums, the way they move threads from one section to another on here.
  5. JoeyNaeger

    JoeyNaeger Guest Commercial User

    Jun 24, 2005
    Houston, TX
    Bass Specialist, Lisle Violin Shop
    I doubt it. Since no real discussion has taken place, the OP would be better off just starting a new thread.
  6. bassrome


    Jan 7, 2007
    New Jersey
    Most of the bows made in the early 19th century are bows of a transitional style and not suitable for modern steel strings. They are probably fine for early music. Lupot made bass bows as did Voirin. At the turn of the century all of the great bowmakers of Mirecourt made bass bows - Bazin, Husson, Lotte, Fetique, Morizot, Sartory, Vigneron. This was the golden age of bass bow makers.

    Jack Hill
  7. Eric Swanson

    Eric Swanson

    Oct 8, 2007
    Boston, MA
    I don't know too much about anything, but do I see quite a few older bows are around. My Morizot is still going strong...

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