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Trying to solve a mystery re: bow maker (Solved)

Discussion in 'Bows and Rosin [DB]' started by Phil Rowan, Feb 5, 2017.

  1. Phil Rowan

    Phil Rowan Supporting Member

    Mar 2, 2005
    Brooklyn, NY
    So, I'm auditioning a few bows, one of which has been described by the seller as being made by a bow maker whose last name was "Keith" (it plays quite nicely, I must say). The seller also believes this "Keith" fellow was an Englishman, and was active through the early - mid 20th century or so. Has anyone come across, or have knowledge of, such a bow maker?
  2. Phil Rowan

    Phil Rowan Supporting Member

    Mar 2, 2005
    Brooklyn, NY
    Mystery solved! The maker is Stanley J. Keith, and he wasn't an Englishman at all. Seems like a pretty obscure maker. Who knows how many other bows he made (bass or otherwise), but if you search his name, you'll find a few pages with photos of violins he made. More info here: Violin Luthier Stanley J. Keith? and Maker - Amati.
    Last edited: Feb 8, 2017
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