Looking for viola bow roughly 6k
Hi-looking for a viola bow for my daughter. Looking to spend roughly $6,000 but some flexibility. Recommendations for bows she might try?
I suggest calling Josh Henry. He is a restorer of fine bows and he typically has a pretty significant inventory. Not sure about viola bows but he would know who to call if he doesn't do that himself. He's a super good guy, easy to talk to.
I love the Doug Ragouse violin bow that I have the use of, and that's about the right price range.
That's about the price for any very good modern maker who isn't man-on-the-street world famous yet and isn't loading gold and precious stones onto the frog.
AFAIK, Josh Henry now has a commission backlog. There are any number of fine modern makers. I'd go to a shop with a deep inventory of bows and just try everything in the appropriate price range.
I had a great experience with viola bow trials with Johnson Strings/Carriage House a couple of years ago. I was looking in a slightly lower price range than you are ($3000-$5000), but I also tried a few up to $6000. For $40- including return shipping, they will send you 3 bows to try for a week (they will also extend the time, if needed when you are making a final decision). They have players on staff who will help decide which bows to send, so if you have specific preferences of weight/balance/flexibility, they will try to choose bow to fit your criteria. I ended up with a great bow by Thomas Goering, but there were some other close contenders.
Thx all . Any shops in NYC/NJ area we might start with? Any feedback on Rodney Mohr bows?
I'm about to be in the market for a violin bow and live in NYC. I purchased my viola bow from Steve Salchow about a decade ago (he is now in Philadelphia), and plan on going back to the Salchow shop and to Steve in Philadelphia, as well as to Reed Yeboah.
I have a Rodney Mohr baroque violin bow, plus one by his daughter. Could not decide between them; I liked them both (they were so different!) and ended up with a Mohr and another Mohr. Rodney is great to deal with. Bow trials...How does anyone end up with just one?
Not sure about all hills but my teacher said her hill runs about 10,000 so it may be out of your price range but they’re great bows.
There is a plethora of fine bow makers here in the Pacific Northwest, many of them around your price point. I have a Bernard Ouchard around that price.
I think you could get a Morgan Andersen bow with that budget. I love my Andersen violin bow; IMO he does fabulous work.
Morgan sells most of his bows through Ifshin, so that would be the place to check.
I agree that 6K should get you a very fine viola bow by a modern maker. I like Rodney Mohr's bows very much, and there is a nice one at right around that price at Robertson & Sons in Albuquerque right now. Needless to say, but I'll say it anyway, I can't imagine purchasing an instrument or bow anywhere near this price without trying it first. Any good shop should have a selection of bows at any price range, and allow you to try them until you find THE one.
I believe a Matt Wehling could be in your price range and he is quite known for his viola bows and I have heard many in the Minnesota orchestra use one of his bows.
Wehling seems to be off the radar of most players on the coasts, but his peers respect and like him enormously. I've had at least one insist that I pay Matt's work a visit.
Rodney Mohr's bows are excellently crafted and play very well. He is quite methodical and many of his bows have the same characteristics as the bows they are modeled after. I have completed a viola bow that you may be inserted in trying. You can see a picture of it here: https://adbowsllc.com/2019/08/07/latest-bows-august-2019/
I tried a Morgan Andersen viola bow at Ifshin's about 20 years ago and was very impressed. I think they were selling retail at that time for less than $3,000. Checking Tarisio earlier this year I see some of his bows selling at auction for over $7,000. It might be predicted that finding a good one for $6,000 could be a wise investment.
I own a Raguse (which I currently have consigned at Bein & Fushi because it's not a good tonal match for my current violin). Really nice bows.
Somehow the idea of a bow playing itself reminded me of "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" ... how the broom came to life, etc.
A few years ago I was looking for a fine contemporary bow. I bought a Matt Wehling bow after trying all the usual suspects, some listed here. It does have a "plays itself" quality that is hard to quantify, and several colleagues who have tried it have also purchased Wehling bows -- some of whom stopped using big name french bows in the process.
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