Fine Double Bass Bows

Fine examples of double bass bows are increasingly sought after. The international market for double bass bows has never been stronger.

Andre Vigneron Double Bass Bow

Considered one of the finest makers of double bass bows, Andre Vigneron studied bow making with his father Joseph Vigneron in Paris. This bow has Vigneron’s traditional elliptical stick made from fine reddish-brown pernambuco, which is original in all its major parts. The ebony frog is mounted with this maker’s characteristic single eye and ebony-silver button. It appears that Vigneron often cut two bows from the same plank, and we are pleased to know this bow’s twin. This bow weighs 133 grams and measures 68 cm including the button. It is offered in excellent condition.

Percival Bryant Double Bass Bow

This fine example of Percival Bryant’s work has a round stick in finely quartered pernambuco with his traditional Dodd-style frog in ebony and silver. The condition is excellent with playability to match. Since the 1940s, Bryant bows have been the mainstay of all British players and still are much appreciated around the world. This bow weighs 140 grams and measures 69.9cm including the button. Stamped ‘P.W. BRYANT’.

Pierre Guillaume Double Bass Bow

This fine bow by Pierre Guillaume is very rare indeed — it is one of only five of its kind made 30 years ago. Having had only one owner since its purchase from the Belgian maker, this example is in an excellent condition and even comes with the original envelope from Guillaume. This bow is silver mounted and features a compact button, with a large eye surrounded by a closely fitted silver ring. The weight is 128 grams and the length is 67cm including the button.

Bernard Ouchard Double Bass Bow

Considered to be the last of the classic French masters, Bernard Ouchard studied under his father Emile A. Ouchard before embarking on an illustrious career with Pierre Vidoudez in Geneva. His double bows are sought after by top bassists around the world, and for good reason. Like most of his bows, this example has an octagonal stick made from the finest materials and the frog is silver mounted with a Parisian eye and plain button. This bow weighs 131 grams and measures 69.4cm including the button. Stamped ‘VIDOUDEZ, GENEVE’ both sides of the stick.

Louis Gillet Double Bass Bow

This stunning double bass bow was made by Louis Gillet for the Dupuy shop in Paris around 1948. It is silver mounted and features a finely-worked lightly-figured stick. The Parisian eye is complimented by a beautiful mother of pearl inlaidbutton. The bow weighs 124 grams and measures 67.6cm excluding the button and 69.9cm including the button.

Nicolas Delaune Double Bass Bow

This quality double bass bow was produced around 1975 in Mirecourt, France, in the style of Bernhard Ouchard. It is nickel mounted with a plain eye and the stick is of fine pernambuco. The bow weighs 134 grams and measures 66.4cm excluding the button and 69.5cm including the button.

Roger Lotte Double Bass Bow

Made around 1960 this is a well-made example of the double bass bows produced by Roger Lotte in Mirecourt. The nickel-mounted frog carries a Parisian eye and the stick is well crafted from fine quality pernambuco. The bow weighs 138 grams and measures 68.4cm excluding the button and 70.8cm including the button.

Victor Fetique Double Bass Bow

This fine silver-mounted double bass bow stamped J Tournier Paris is an excellent example of Victor Fetique’s work and is accompanied by a Raffin certificate. The bow weighs 129 grams and measures 64cm excluding the button and 66.4cm including the button.

Morizot Fréres Double Bass Bow

Crafted for the Parisian dealer Paul Bisch and stamped P BISCH PARIS, this excellent double bass bow was made by Morizot Freres in Mirecourt, France. The octagonal stick is made from excellent quality pernambuco, and is finished with a solid silver tip and asilver-mounted frog with a Parisian eye. The bow weighs 139 grams and measures 66cm excluding the button and 68.2cm including the button.

Marco Raposo Double Bass Bow

Made in Brazil around 1985 this double bass bow features a nice Pernambuco stick and is nickel silver-mounted. The bow weighs 139 grams and measures 66.9cm excluding the button and 69.3cm including the button. This bow is very reasonably priced at £600.

Alfred Knoll Double Bass Bow

Made in Germany around 1985 this double bass bow is silver mounted and has an octagonal stick made from Brazil wood. The bow weighs 136 grams and measures 69.5cm excluding the button and 72.5cm including the button. This bow is very reasonably priced at £550.

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