The Peccatte bow or the Nurnberger Bow?

January 12, 2005 at 06:43 AM · I am in the middle of chosing between a Peccatte and a Nurnberger Bow.

well i understand that most of you would go for the Peccatte obviously.

But the problem is.. I can't guarantee it is made by PECCATTE. it says 'Villaumoue Paris' on the bow, but that could be anyone like Voiron or Tourte.. lol

well it is for sure a French bow and made in Vallaumoue, but one other problem is that it needs a rehaird and the frog replaced.. i can't try to play it at this moment. i have to fix a lot of it after i PURCHASE it.

The Nurnberger bow.. as you now that was used by David Oistrakh, is in a pretty good shaped. Was previously owned by a Professional Performer and she even kept the receipt of the bow when she purchased it in a German shop in 1987.

So my question is... Does anyone know any particular charactaristics of each bow made by each maker? I remember reading an article from "STRINGS" about how german bows are usually undervalued. For example they would cost 4times more if made with the same french craftsmanship, but consists of such low prices for the quality bcuz of the mass production and the reputation that has been passed on that "French bows are the BEST".

Please help me decide which one would be better..

The guaranteed Nurnberger.. or the French bow made in the Villaoumoue workshop that im kinda sure is made by Peccatte?

Replies (6)

January 12, 2005 at 06:49 AM · Greetings,

I have used some good Nurnbergers over the years and they are a personal favorite. But more recently I have began to feel that their slightly stiff quality limits what one can get from the violin a very little.

I am therefore going to change back to a French bow.

As far as your choice is concerned a good Nurnberger is superb and a fine investment but you should go with what you are most comfortable with,



January 12, 2005 at 07:46 AM · Hmmm...., you have an interesting question here. I never thought about deciding between Peccatte and Nurberger. The difference in price is huge! If I were you, I would try as many bows as possible in your price range. Unless you are a bow collector, you may want to pick up the bow most suitable to you.

January 12, 2005 at 09:32 AM · Why are you "kinda sure" this bow is a Peccatte? Unless I had an experts' assurance, I would assume it may not even be French at all...there are legions of bows with fake Vuillaume stamps out there. A real D. Peccatte runs over 50,000.00 USD, so I wouldn't engage in guess work over this. A nice Nurnburger is a good value, though at a far less price.

Try out whatever you plan to buy first; often the seller will not allow a return. Good luck!

January 12, 2005 at 02:34 PM · I'd say that if there's no guarantee and no good certificate, there's no Peccatte. The "Vuillaume a Paris" stamp doesn't mean anything without a cert, either--there are many, many mass-produced German bows with that stamp.

January 12, 2005 at 03:13 PM · I'd agree with Thomas and Michael on this. A genuine Peccatte is a bow that should always carry a well-respected certificate along with it. If the two bows are in the same price range, you can be absolutely sure that the bow is not a Peccatte -- either that or you're paying _way_ too much for a Nurnberger...

January 13, 2005 at 02:12 AM · It seems to me that you have not even tried out the Pecatte yet as you mentioned that you need to do numerous repair after that. I think you should really try out bows and see which one works better for you. Its not a good idea to get a bow which you think would be great (and also have to pay more) but turns out otherwise after all the repairs and adjustments.

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