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Pierre-Yves Fuchs bows; cant' find him or his bows

Discussion in 'Bows and Rosin [DB]' started by bribass, Jan 25, 2006.


  1. bribass

    bribass

    Jan 25, 2006
    Northern NJ
    Endorsing Artist; Arnold Schnitzer/ Wil DeSola New Standard RN DB
    Anyone know where I can try a Pierre-Yves Fuchs German bow in the NY area or how to get in touch w/ the maker himself?

    Thanks, bribass
     
  2. Peter Ferretti

    Peter Ferretti Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2005
    NYC
    Robertson violins is the sole distributer of Fuchs bows in the U.S, or So I was told. I just bought a Fuchs, and words cannot describe the perfection that is that bow.
     
  3. kraid

    kraid

    Apr 11, 2003
    Peter, is there any way to try one out if you're not around Robertson? I'm interested in trying one of his bows because I think I'll be looking for something around the late summer.
     
  4. Charles Shores

    Charles Shores Commercial User

    Jul 26, 2005
    Charlotte, NC
    Owner: Guitar Barre
    Lots of shops will send (mail) you some to try out.

    Chad
     
  5. bribass

    bribass

    Jan 25, 2006
    Northern NJ
    Endorsing Artist; Arnold Schnitzer/ Wil DeSola New Standard RN DB
    Wow Peter! That's some endorsement. How long have you had it? Do you know if there are/were any stock of his German bows at Robertson's when you purchased?
     
  6. basswraith

    basswraith

    Mar 10, 2003
    Boston
  7. bribass

    bribass

    Jan 25, 2006
    Northern NJ
    Endorsing Artist; Arnold Schnitzer/ Wil DeSola New Standard RN DB
    -I got mine on Ebay for pennies. It was a german bow. Keep ur eyes open, some guy in Germany had 2 on ebay.-

    Yes, I saw those. Can they be for real or even the same maker at all? I've seen not great pictures on the web of his violin & cello bows and they seem to have his fuller name stamped on them.
    Not just P. Fuchs.
     
  8. basswraith

    basswraith

    Mar 10, 2003
    Boston
    Yea I know what you mean. The bow I got was a very good one and plays well. The quality of the wood is very high. I cannot comment on the others.
     
  9. Alex Scott

    Alex Scott

    May 8, 2002
    Austin, TX
    I saw Fuchs at a Violin makers convention, his bows are very well made, and not much like the Ebay bow at all. It was a competition, so the bows were pretty ornate, maybe you could get a simpler one a little cheaper. If Robertson's has some, and I think they are the sole distributor, then they would mail you some on approval. I would expect them to be somewhere near $3k in price. I think he got a medal at the competition, and that pumps the prices up a little.
     
  10. Peter Ferretti

    Peter Ferretti Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2005
    NYC
    I haven't played any of his german bows, so I can't comment on how they feel. My bow was around 4500, and I consider it a bargain. It is balanced perfectly, the wood is unbelievable, and it is an octagonal sick at the frog, then fades into a round stick, which I thought was really cool and showed the skill of the Maker.
     
  11. bribass

    bribass

    Jan 25, 2006
    Northern NJ
    Endorsing Artist; Arnold Schnitzer/ Wil DeSola New Standard RN DB
    Anyone know of any pictures of his German (or French for that matter) other than the ebay ones?
     
  12. olivier

    olivier

    Dec 17, 1999
    Paris, France
    Not a specialist, but I think that "bow blanks" in general are octagonal before more wood is removed to obtain a round stick, except at the frog were it stays octagonal. Most bows I've seen, from crappy to top notch, are octagonal at the frog and fade into a round stick. So I was very surprised to read the above quote because it is very general and do not say anything that would specifically qualify the particular bows you're talking about. :confused:
     
  13. bribass

    bribass

    Jan 25, 2006
    Northern NJ
    Endorsing Artist; Arnold Schnitzer/ Wil DeSola New Standard RN DB
    Peter, What does the stamp on your Fuchs bow say exactly?

    Thanks