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Bows

We have a selection FINE and RARE  bows.  All bows are Silver Mounted unless indicated otherwise.   Please inquire if you have a request for a specific bow. 

Click on the specific type of bow that you require to view the listing below.

Violin     Viola      Cello     Bass

NOTE: Some of our finest bows are not listed on this site. Please inquire about specific requests.

All consignments will be considered.

Trade-ins are also welcome. We usually give two-thirds (or sometimes more) of the original price back on trade-in instruments and bows purchased here if they are in the same condition as when we sold them, barring normal usage. If you have an instrument or bow that was not originally sold to you by us, we will also be happy to consider it for trade-in.

All prices are in Canadian Dollars unless otherwise noted.

Photos available on request. E-mail us

 

Bows for Violin

E.Sartory a Paris
#CCT612                 SOLD
Professional Silver and Ebony violin bow, round pernambuco. Very fine
condition.
 
E.Sartory a Paris
#CEGO12
Professional Violin bow, Round Pernambuco. Fully Silver-mounted ebony
frog. Very fine condition.
$Please Inquire
Claude THOMASSIN a Paris c.1920 Paris. This is a professional bow  made of round orange-brown pernambuco wood. The ebony frog is silver mounted with pearl eyes.  The ebony endbutton has two silver rings.   The finger grip is leather with silver winding.  The bow is branded with the maker's usual brand: "C.Thomassin A Paris".  The bow weighs 61.5 grams. $16,500
James TUBBS Made about 1880 in England, by James Tubbs. Branded "Jas TUBBS" in the usual place. Round stick. Fully silver-mounted ebony frog. Pearl eyes. Solid silver-capped ebony button. Typical longer silver ferrule. 59.3 grams. Plays well. Strong bow. Has new silver winding and leather grip. $15,000
Leon Bernardel
by Louis Bazin
#377
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A fine classic French pernambuco violin bow made by Louis Bazin for Leon Bernardel of Paris (a respected violin maker and dealer).  The ebony frog is mounted in fine silver. This bow makes violins sound very fine.  It is also a responsive bow for all types of bowing. The condition is very fine. The weight is 61 grams. Certificate of Authenticity from James Warren of Kenneth Warren and Son (Violin Shop), Chicago, USA. $8000
W.E. Hill and Sons
#CGH0206
Excellent English violin bow by W.E. Hill and Sons.  This fine bow was made by Sidney B. Yeoman about 1910 at Hill and Sons in London England, and is in virtually mint condition.  It has a silver-mounted tortoiseshell frog and silver tip and is of the highest quality.  It weighs 60.5 grams. $8000
W.E. Hill and Sons
#EVN-4/4-CDD112B
 A very fine violin bow made by "W.E.Hill and Sons" and well branded as such. Gold and Ebony mounted in excellent condition. Round Pernambuco wood. Plain ebony sides on frog. $7500
Alfred Acoulon a Paris
#351
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Fine French bow made in Mirecourt. c. 1920.  Draws a classical sound. Strong, well-balanced and responsive. The amourette shaft has a silver Hill-style-mounted ebony frog.  Weight is 62 grams. $6500
Charles Nicolas Bazin
1847-1915 Mirecourt, France
(for violin dealer Joseph Hel)
#378
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Charles Nicolas Bazin made this bow (and others) for Joseph Hel of Lille, France (a respected violin maker and dealer from 1865 to 1902).  It is a fine classic French violin bow made and is branded "J.Hel" on each side of the shaft. The ebony frog is nickel-silver mounted and weighs 58.5 grams. The slide and back plate are of pearl.  The strong, round, pernambuco shaft also has the flexibility to draw a fine tone. $6000
Albert Nurnberger     SOLD
#376
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This bow was made by Franz Albert Nurnberger Jr. of Markneukirchen circa 1910. It is in very fine condition. It is well-branded with the maker's name and is also branded "Germany" under the handle. It is a very fine round pernambuco violin bow and has a fully silver-mounted ebony frog. The weight is 58 grams with French silver tinsel winding in the finger grip. The bow is very well balanced and has a strong shaft with the right amount of flexibility. It draws an exceptional sound. It comes with a certificate of authenticity from James Warren of Kenneth Warren and Son of Chicago. The certificate has full description and photos.  
Louis Bazin  
#375
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A fine playing classic French violin bow.  This beautiful, strong, round, amourette shaft is mounted with a nickel-silver ebony frog, and French silver tinsel winding.  The bow draws a superior sound.  The weight is 60.5 grams. $5500
Albert NURNBERGER
#581
Fine octagonal pernambuco. Pearl eyes. Solid silver cap on ebony button.
61.6 grams, branded #1833 under the stick at wrapping. New tip plate.
$5000
Albert NURNBERGER
#591
Octagonal pernambuco. 58 grams. Fully silver mounted ebony frog. Pearl eyes. Two silver rings on ebony button. Has new silver winding and leather grip. $4500
Louis Morizot  
for 'Jean Fritsch a Paris'
#HR1
A fine French violin bow made by L. Morizot for the dealer "Jean Fritsch a Paris" whose brand it bears. Octagonal pernambuco shaft, 61.5grams, silver and ebony frog with Parisian eyes and silver endbutton. $5000
R.Weichold a Dresden
by Albert Nurnberger
#260
This high quality bow was made by Albert Nurnberger for "R.Weichold a Dresden" whose brands it bears. It is also branded "Imitation de Tourte." It is a very fine octagonal pernambuco bow with fully silver-mounted ebony frog and button. $4500
Douglas RAGUSE
#CJR
Fully Gold and ebony-mounted frog and divided button. A very fine violin bow made by Douglas Raguse - his number 228. Round pernambuco shaft, Parisian eyes, two gold rings on the button. 62.3 grams. Excellent condition. $5000
WA Pfretzschner***
#406
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Octogonal pernambuco shaft with of medium strong stiffness. Fully Silver mounted ebony frog, with silver rings around the eyes and with silver button.  Excellent condition. $4500
Johan Stuber La Haye
(well branded)
Made by K. Baessler. This is a fine, dark, round violin bow with silver mounted ebony frog. It has a silver-capped button. The bow weighs 61.4 grams. It was made by K. Baessler in the shop of Johan Stuber of The Hague, The Netherlands in about 1935 and is in excellent condition. $3500
KNOPF c1870 Fine old violin bow by Knopf of Germany. Fully silver-mounted ebony frog. Round pernambuco. $3500
Edwin Lothar Herrmann
#364
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Branded "E. HERRMANN".  Professional Master maker of Schoenlind and Markneukirchen, Germany since 1949.  This strong bow is from c.1960 and is in excellent condition.  Fully silver mounted ebony frog with two silver rings on the button. It weighs 59 grams and plays very well.  Octagonal pernambuco wood, responsive shaft. $3400
H. Riedstra
#453
ON HOLD: Strong round pernambuco violin bow. Silver-mounted frog. $2500
Weichold Dresden #468 Octagonal pernambuco. Made c.1890. Fully Silver-mounted ebony frog. Two silver rings on ebony button. Pearl eyes. Nice condition. $3500
Aug. Edwin PRAGER Nice classic bow. Lamy-style head. Round pernambuco. Pearl eyes. Ebony
button with two wide rings. 59.9 grams. Fully nickel-mounted ebony frog.
Small repair done on handle. Has new silver winding and leather grip.
$2500
Dodd
#337
This old German bow is a copy of Dodd and is branded "Dodd" on both the stick and the frog. It is round pernambuco wood with a nickel mounted ebony frog with plain sides and pearl slide. This bow plays well and is in fine condition. $1200
Walter Mettal
#113
Branded WALTER METTAL. Professional bow maker of Moehrendorf (near Bubenreuth), Germany. This bow was made about 1975-1980.  Octagonal pernambuco, fully silver mounted ebony frog. 59 grams. Good medium stiff octagonal shaft. Very fine condition Coat of arms on frog. $1500
Otto A. Hoyer Pariser
#282
Excellent playing bow in fine shape by a fine master bow maker who studied bowmaking with E. Sartory in Paris (and worked for him). Octagonal pernambuco, fully silver-mounted ebony frog with silver-capped button. silver and leather grip. 62.5 grams. $4000
Ludwig Bausch
#465
Nickle-mounted octagonal pernambuco wood.  Branded "L.BAUSCH LEIPZIG". This bow was made about 1865 and weighs 60.5 grams.  The stick is medium-flexible in strength. Divided unique button. Plain sides on frog. $1600
Fritz Meinel
#339
German, octagonal, excellent, strong. Pernambuco wood. 60.5 grams Fully
silver-mounted ebony frog with Parisian eyes and divided endbutton.
$3500
C. Simonin. French bow
#417
Strong round amourette shaft. Full silver-mounted ebony frog with Parisian eyes and abalone slide. Divided silver-ringed button. $2200
Ming Shen Zhang (unbranded)
#410
Very high grade bows in the Old French tradition. Dark, round, strong pernambuco wood. Full silver-mounted ebony frog with rounded heel. Parisian eyes. Silver-capped button. $2000
Ming Shen Zhang (unbranded)
#Bow#19
Very high grade bows in the Old French tradition. Dark, round, strong pernambuco wood. Full silver-mounted ebony frog with rounded heel. Parisian eyes. Silver-capped button. $2000
Old German bow
#CPE
c. 1890. Draws a great sound. Fine condition. 60.5 grams finest dark pernambuco. Fully silver mounted. Parisian Eyes. $2000
Ch. Nurnberger
#ccf3
Old German octagonal pernambuco bow. Fine condition. Full nickel-silver mounted ebony frog with lined slide. Silver winding. 58 grams. $2000
Tourte
#CCF           SOLD
Fine old German bow in fine condition c. 1930. Full silver-mounted ebony frog with plain sides. Divided button with two silver rings 62.5 grams.  
Chinese bow              
#484
Octagonal strong pernambuco stick with fully gold-mounted snakewood frog. Unbranded. Parisian eyes. Double gold-ringed button. 64 grams. $1400
Ronaldo A. Siqueira    SOLD
#431
Made in Brazil by Siqueira.  Round high-grade pernambuco. Full silver-mounted ebony frog with pearl eyes and silver-capped ebony button. Special model. 61 grams.  
Elias Guasti
#368
Made in Brazil by E.Guasti. Quality round pernambuco bow of medium strength. Full silver-mounted ebony frog with Parisian eyes. 60 grams. $1200
Alfred Mueller
#418
Germany. Round Pernambuco, medium-strong shaft. Full silver-mounted ebony frog. Silver tip plate. Two silver rings on button. 61 grams. $1500
Fu Yiner
#323
Branded   "FYSI". Fine, round, strong pernambuco bow with full Silver-mounted Ivory frog. 63 grams. $1200
Zhong Hua Xu (unbranded)
#BVN940
Octagonal strong pernambuco shaft. Full silver-mounted ebony frog with fleur de lys inlaid on sides of frog. The  ferrule, heel plate and button are all engraved. 59 grams. $1200
Ernst Heinrich Roth (lightly branded)
#CAS
Also branded "Germany". Octagonal pernambuco. Full nickel-silver ebony frog with plain sides. Capped button. Very strong. 67 grams. Could be used for a violin/viola bow for musicians who play both instruments. $1200
Lothar Seifert, Germany.
#393
Round medium strong pernambuco wood. Fully silver-mounted ebony frog with divided endscrew. 62 grams. $1200
Heleomar Cirilo
Special Model
#428
Special British Dodd model. Round, finest Brasilian pernambuco. Silver-mounted ebony frog with plain sides and pearl backplate. Divided silver-ringed button with pearl end. $1350
Heleomar Cirilo
#367
Fine Brazilian octagonal pernambuco bow. French style. Full silver-mounted ebony frog with Parisian eyes. Divided silver-ringed button. 60 grams. $1200
CONBRIO
#471
Very strong round pernambuco shaft. Full sterling silver-mounted ebony frog. Silver tip plate. 62 grams. $1200
Zhong Hua Xu
#408
Strong, round pernambuco. 62 grams. Full silver-mounted ebony frog with attractive inlaid fleurs de lys on the sides.  The eight facets of the silver button  are also inlaid with flamed mother of pearl framed in silver. $995
Marco Raposo
#382
Made in Brazil. Strong, round pernambuco wood bow. Full silver-mounted ebony frog with Parisian eyes. Silver-capped ebony button. 62.5 grams. $995
Jon-Paul-4 AVANTI USA Black carbon fibre shaft. Full silver-mounted ebony frog with Parisian eyes. Silver tip. Divided button. 62 grams. $995
Marco Raposo
#383
Very strong, round pernambuco wood bow. Made in Brazil in the shop of Marco Raposo. Full silver-mounted ebony frog with Parisian eyes. Silver-capped ebony button. 62 grams. $895
Heleomar Cirilo
#305
Branded "H.Cirilo" - Professional Brazilian bow maker:  New, fine, round pernambuco bow of very fine craftsmanship and playing quality. Nickel-silver mounted ebony frog. Divided ebony button with two rings. $695
Heleomar Cirilo
#308
Branded "H.Cirilo" - Professional Brazilian bow maker. Used, fine, round, pernambuco bow of very fine craftsmanship and playing quality.  Nickel-silver mounted ebony frog with classic engraved metal parts . $750
Fu Yiner Pernambuco Bows by professional maker, professional training. Silver mounted $895
Fu Yiner
#324
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Branded "FYG" - Strong, round, pernambuco bow. Gold-mounted ebony frog. 61 grams. $1500
Coda Classic Silver mounted ebony frog.  Finest playing balance and playing characteristics.  Finest Carbon Graphite shaft. $1150
Coda Diamond-DGX Round carbon fibre bow. $795
Coda Diamond-NX"
#DNA4
Round carbon fibre. Nickel-silver mounted ebony frog with coda design on frog sides. $425
Alfons Riedl
#167
German, round, strong, light-coloured pernambuco wood. Fully silver-mounted ebony frog with Parisian eyes. Divided silver-ringed button. 61 grams. $895
T.H.Pfretzschner
#480
Coat of arms on frog. Fill Silver-mounted ebony frog with Coat of Arms on plain sides. Octagonal very strong pernambuco wood. $1500
Handorff
#CNT
German bow made for Heinl in Toronto. Strong round pernambuco. Full
silver-mounted ebony frog with Parisian eyes. Divided button. 61.5 grams.
$650
Baroque style
(style used from 1600 - 1750)
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Genuine snakewood with natural ebony fancy baroque frog.  Well-made and well-balanced, good weight (53-59 grams) with medium long sensible tips and disguised modern adjusters to tighten the hair.   No metal parts $595
W.E.Dorfler
#422U
German octagonal pernambuco bow. c.1990. with nickel-silver mounted ebony frog with lined slide.   Divided button. $550
Paulos Buzato
#427
Brazilian professional bow maker.  Round pernambuco. Half-mounted nickel-silver ebony frog. 59.5 grams. $495
Baroque style
(style used from 1600 - 1750)
Pernambuco wood with natural ebony frog.  Professionally made, well-balanced, 50-56 grams.   Disguised modern adjuster to tighten the hair. No metal parts. $495
Baroque style
(style used from 1600 - 1750)
Ironwood with natural ebony baroque frog.  Well-made and well-balanced, good weight (53-59 grams) with medium long sensible tips and disguised modern adjusters to tighten the hair. No metal parts.  Excellent value. $395
Many other bows Older and modern German, French, American, Korean and Chinese student bows in nickel-silver mountings. $49 -
$1500

Bows for Viola
All prices in Canadian Dollars
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Michael Vann Canada #925 #EVA-cmc312 Round pernambuco wood viola bow, fully silver mounted ebony frog with Parisian eyes and solid silver button cap. 76.5 grams. Great bow. $4500. $4500
Nurnberger shop
"Germany N>>00"
EVA-568
Fine round pernambuco viola bow or violin bow. 68 grams, Nickle tip
plate, Fully nickle-mounted ebony frog with Parisian eyes, lined slide
and 2-piece ebony and nickle button.
$1500
France Probably by Roger Lotte.
Fine Viola bow -branded "FRANCE".
$1500
Raymundo Almeida
 EVA-426
Made by "Raymundo Almeida", Brazil.
Fine round pernambuco bow. 70 grams. Fully sterling silver mounted ebony  frog with Parisian eyes and silver button with pearl facets. $1400..
$1400
Fu Yiner
EVA-325
Made by Fu Yiner.
Nicely-made Round pernambuco viola bow. Fully gold-mounted ebony frog  with Parisian eyes, and divided gold and ebony button. 70.5 grams.
Branded "FYG."
$1250
 Marco Raposo
#EVA
Made by Marco Raposo" Brazil.
High quality round pernambuco viola bow. 72.5 grams, Fully silver  mounted ebony frog with divided silver and ebony button.
$1200
Marco Raposo
EVA-549
Made by Marco Raposo" Brazil Eva-549.
Fine round pernambuco viola bow. 73 grams. Fully nickle-mounted ebony frog with Parisian eyes and divided button.
$795
Baroque style Viola bow Fine snakewood baroque viola bow with ebony frog and endscrew. 59-66 grams. (style used from 1600 - 1750)
Disguised modern adjuster.
$625
Coda Conservatory Carbon fibre viola bow. Coda inlay on sides of ebony frog. Nickle-mounted. 69.3 grams. $650
John Bartlett
Eva-cdm
John Bartlett, Fergus. Round pernambuco wood viola bow with diamond-shaped pearl inlay on  sides of ebony frog. Fully nickle-silver mounted. Solid nickle cap. $600
EVA-445 Viola bow Round cocobola wood viola bow. 69 grams. Fully nickle-silver mounted ebony frog. Parisian eyes and divided button. $295. $295
J.T.Prism Round Carbon fibre viola bow #561130BK. Ebony frog. $179
 Eva-wa850C Round Carbon fibre viola bow. Fully nickle-mounted ebony frog. Divided  button. Parisian eyes.  $105
German EVA-17/12 Viola bow. Nice round brazilwood. Woodgrain frog. $89
German. EVA-bk21 Brazilwood viola bow. Woodgrain frog. Divided button. Parisian eyes.
$89.00.
$89
Brazilwood BVA-25 Round brazilwood viola bow. Ebony frog. Parisian eyes. Fully nickle-mounted. Divided button. $79. $79
K. Holtz. Viola bow Fibreglass viola bow with good real horsehair. Properly balanced and
weighted. $59.
$59

Bows for Cello
All prices in Canadian Dollars
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W.D. Watson Tremendously wonderful Cello bow by W.D. Watson (formerly of Hill and Sons)  Gold and Tortoiseshell frog with gold crown inlaid on each side of the frog.  Round dark pernambuco. 82.5 grams. $8500 US
Louis Morizot Fine silver-mounted cello bow by Louis Morizot & Sons. Round pernambuco.
Very fine condition.
$6000
Collin-Mezin a Paris. Collin-Mezin a Paris cello bow. Fully silver-mounted ebony frog. Solid-capped ebony button is a replacement. Plays well. Nice condition. $4500
"Rembert Wurlitzer, NY" #529 Swiss-made (probably by Ouchard) cello bow. Octagonal pernambuco wood. Fully silver mounted ebony frog. 80.5 grams. Pearl eyes. Two silver rings on ebony button. $4000
Fu Yiner Gold mounted pernambuco cello bow. $2000
Fu Yiner Silver mounted pernambuco cello bow. $1295
Fu Yiner Nickel mounted pernambuco cello bow. $695
Alessandro Carlesso Fine maker in Brazil. Cello bow. Excellent pernambuco. Nickel and ebony. $895
Atelier DeMarchi Round pernambuco cello bow made in Brazil by Atelier DeMarchi c. 2010.
Good weight and balance. Fully Silver-mounted ebony frog. Rounded ferrule.
Pearl Eyes. Divided button.
$1650
Heleomar Cirilo (branded "Leomar") Professional bow maker in Brazil. Cello bow -- High grade French style. Silver mounted. Excellent pernambuco wood.- Brazil. $1600
German c.1800-1810, cello bow #563 Branded "E" on back side of old German-style head with Metal tip plate.
Probably by L. Bausch. Large eyes, with thin, tight-to-the-eyes Parisian
rings. Fully Nickel-mounted ebony frog. Divided button. Lined pearl slide.
$1500
Old French
 #486
Old French round pernambuco cello bow. #486. Illegible brand. Was used in K-W Symphony for many years. Full Nickel-silver-mounted ebony frog. Divided button. Pearl eyes. $1500
Coda Classic Finest Carbon Graphite shaft. Well balanced. Always straight. silver mounted and inlaid best grade ebony frog. $1300
Marco Raposo. #479 Fully Silver-mounted ebony frog. Fine Round pernambuco, strong stick. $1295
Marco Raposo. #478 Brazilian-made cello bow. Round pernambuco. Nickel mounted ebony frog. $895
Coda Conservatory Very good Carbon Graphite shaft. Fine playing qualities. Nickel-Silver mounted ebony frog. $795
Baroque style
(style used from 1600 - 1750)
Genuine snakewood with natural ebony fancy baroque frog.  Well-made and well-balanced, good weight (60-70 grams) with medium long sensible tips and disguised modern adjusters to tighten the hair.  No metal parts. $695
Baroque style
(style used from 1600 - 1750)
Pernambuco with natural ebony baroque frog.  Well-made and well-balanced, good weight (65-80 grams) with medium long sensible tips and disguised modern adjusters to tighten the hair.  Excellent value. $595
Baroque style
(style used from 1600 - 1750)
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Ironwood with natural ebony baroque frog.  Well-made and well-balanced, good weight (65-80 grams) with medium long sensible tips and disguised modern adjusters to tighten the hair.  Excellent value. $495
Many more New French, German, and other nickel-silver mounted cello bows in all sizes.  Also used bows (cleaned, rehaired and polished) $89 - $1200

Bows for Bass
All prices in Canadian Dollars
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Marco Raposo, Brazil Silver-mounted German style frog on Round pernambuco wood bass bow. Good
weight.
$inquire
Marco Raposo, Brazil Nickel, German-style frog. Round pernambuco wood BASS bow. Silver mounted. Good weight.  $inquire
Reid Hudson. #564 Good Bass bow by Reid Hudson of Canada. Good weight. Fully silver mounted
French-style ebony frog.
$3500
Albert Nurnberger
N>>-0-0
Albert Nurnberger" and "N>>-0-0" (Branded on the stick and frog respectively) Photos on request.
Fine old Albert Nurnberger Bass bow with original Nickel-silver mounted frog. Ebony button with two nickle-silver rings. Ringed eyes in the sides of the frog. All in very fine condition with new black hair. Strong, dark, round Pernambuco wood of high quality.
$1500
Heleomar Cirilo Very fine professional bow maker in Brazil. Fine French style Bass Bow. Good weight. Excellent pernambuco. Nickel mounted ebony frog. New. $1200
German Bass Bow #317 Pernambuco wood, black hair, 132 grams, branded "Germany". Used, fully nickel-silver mounted, about 27.5 inches long. $895
Albert Nurnberger, #457  SOLD Modern bass bow branded "Albert Nurnberger". Nickel-mounted French style frog. $795
German Bass Bow #201 Fine pernambuco wood, 142 grams, ebony frog 1/2 mounted in Nickel-silver, white hair, about 27.5 inches long. $750
German Bass Bow #202 Fine brazilwood, fully nickel-silver mounted ebony frog, 145 grams, white hair,  branded "Germany", about 27.5 inches long. $550
German old and modern Several bows (with regular low style French, OR High German style frogs. Fine Brazilwood and pernambuco wood. $145 - $850
Kay Excellent condition with much of the original finish remaining. $395
German Bass Bow #EBS Motley coloured Maple bow, fully nickel-silver mounted ebony frog, 121 grams, about 27.5 inches long. $250
Chinese bows Several good French style bass bows with rosewood or ebony frogs. High grade Chinese workmanship. $250 - $295
Beechwood Used bows with German (Butler) frogs, or French Style frogs, $89 - $99

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