Buying a Baroque BowInstruments: I'm wondering if anyone has a Baroque bow for sale, or knows of any good sellers or sites/shops.
From Klaus Kroenen
From Gene WieIf you've never played on one before, try this:
Posted on December 17, 2012 at 05:52 AM
From albert yenhttp://www.ashmeadbows.com/bar_violin.htm
Posted on December 17, 2012 at 07:06 AM
From David BeckI see you are in the North of England.
Posted on December 17, 2012 at 07:22 AM
Paul Ayres violins, Didsbury, Manchester lists the following :-
English Baroque violin by Richard Duke, London 1762. Complete with fitted Mahogany case & 2 Ivory mounted bows. Complete kit !!
That could be a starting-point, if he's prepared to let you try to get an idea of your requirements. There are different sorts of "baroque" bow, not all snakewood I think.
From Rocky MilankovI agree with Lyndon. Those bows are not baroque at all.
Posted on December 17, 2012 at 03:44 PM
When the hair is relaxed, a Baroque bow should be straight as an arrow. The slight inward curvature will appear once the hair is tightened.
There is no such thing as a standard baroque bow. Over the span of the era they varied a lot in size and shape. Most HIP players choose a long "baroque" (Italian) bow, even a transitional model, because of convenience. Short bow is suitable for dance music, but may not work well with sonatas.
If you never used a baroque bow before, there is no way you will be able to tell a good one from an average or bad. Borrow first, spend some time and experiment. A good baroque bow should produce good sounds on your violin, be able to "bite" the string and allow for "mesa di voce".
From David BeckKlaus,
Posted on December 17, 2012 at 04:29 PM
You might like to look up this old violinist.com thread.
As Rocky wrote, there were many different varieties of bow used in the Baroque era, and you need to know what you really need.
I expect you googled "baroque violin bow" already and have seen the many images. Beware - there was a speculative 20th-century invention called the Vega bow which wasn't "authentic", even if it did allow for sustained 4-part chords.
Myself, I just LOVE the look of snakewood !
From Erica ThalerCheck with Ifshin violins - they carry the Jay Haide Baroque violin and sell a baroque bow as well.
Posted on December 17, 2012 at 10:02 PM
From Darrett SmithIfshin Violins is a great place to pay an inflated price for anything by Jay Haide. Nothing against Jay Haide, I think they make wonderful instruments for the price.
Posted on December 18, 2012 at 12:51 AM
From jan van rooyenWe sell pernambuco baroque bows for $150 + postage. Email me at email@example.com. Money-back guarantee! www.gviolins.com.
Posted on December 18, 2012 at 01:35 AM
From Bruce BergI second the recommendation of Brian Tunicliffe in England. I used to own 5 of them, but sold them off. They show excellent workmanship and good playability. The really cheap Chinese bows are not really Baroque bows in regard to playability.
Posted on December 18, 2012 at 02:44 AM
From David Beck"....when tightened become straight or slightly bowed out."
Posted on December 18, 2012 at 08:36 AM
Yes, early bows when ready to play looked similar to the things used by Cupid for firing arrows.
I understand the Tourte family invented the "reverse camber".
From AJ MariniIt all depends on your budget, so instead of suggesting a specific maker, I'll suggest some things to look for:
Posted on December 22, 2012 at 06:41 AM
-Bows which curve inward, especially when tightened, are not true baroque bows. In the past these bows with modern-ish camber and sloping tips were considered as a transitional alternative for those "getting into it". Now there's no reason to get those because of the wide variety of decent bows on the market in every price range.
Hope this gets you started. Gotta get going to the airport now. Greetings from Paris!
From Rocky MilankovTaylor,
Posted on December 22, 2012 at 05:52 PM
Thank you for correcting me. It appears that what I have seen so far is not exactly Baroque bow,
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