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Johnson String regularly acquires exceptional antique bows as well as bows by award-winning contemporary makers. Below are featured bows available for purchase or home trial. Please contact us for more information.

Featured Violin Bow | Featured Viola Bow | Featured Cello Bow | Featured Bass Bow

This Month's Featured Violin Bow

Marcel Charles Lapierre Violin Bow

Marcel Charles Lapierre
Marcel Charles Lapierre (1907-1979) was a French Archetier who has been described as a "Maker of very fine bows much sought after by soloists." Born 1907 in Mirecourt, he served his apprenticeship with Jérôme Thibouville Lamy from 1921 to 1923. After his apprenticeship, he joined Brouiller & Lotte's workshop. From 1931 to 1936 he worked with Francois Lotte, before joining Louis Bazin and Louis Morizot. In 1946 he came to Genève and joined the Pierre Vidousez's workshop. In 1948 he returned to Mirecourt to start his own workshop, first at rue Vuillaume, and then rue Gambetta.

About This Violin Bow
This bow is made from beautiful luminescent pernambuco wood and draws a warm, clear tone. The bow feels well-balanced and allows all bow techniques to be easily and precisely executed.

With a Home Trial you can try out this bow in the comfort of your home!

4/4 Marcel Lapierre silver violin bow
Round, silver and ebony frog. 


This Month's Featured Viola Bow

Louis Gillet Viola Bow

About Louis Henri Gillet
Louis Henri Gillet, born 1891 Nancy, died 1970 Saint-Remy France was a bow maker apprenticed in Mirecourt and subsequently employed by Thibouville-Lamy from 1906 until 1911. He served in the military during the First World War, after which he joined Laberte in Mirecourt. He established independently in modest circumstances in Chalon-sur-Saone from c.1926. He then worked for E. Sartory from 1934 until 1946, adopting his style effectively. After Sartory's death in 1946 Gillet continued working for his son-in-law G. Dupuy. From c.1951 until 1960 he was again independent and some of his best and most richly mounted bows come from this period.

About This Viola Bow
The beautiful, octagonal stick of this viola bow is strong and quick to respond. It produces a sound that is even, bright, and powerful. With a weight of 70 grams and an ideal balance, the bow feels great in the hand and is easy to manipulate. This bow is ideal for any player looking to perform at a professional level as well as enthusiasts and collectors of French viola bows.

The bow is being sold with a certificate of authenticity from Paul Childs.

With a Home Trial you can try out this bow in the comfort of your home!

This Month's Featured Cello Bow:

Malcolm Taylor Cello Bow

About Malcolm Taylor
One of the last members of the dynasty of English bow makers of the 20th century, Malcolm Taylor worked for W. E. Hill & Sons then set up his own shop in devon until his death in 2012. In 1981, he made a set of bows to celebrate the wedding of Prince Charles and Princess Diana.

About This Cello Bow
The strong octagonal stick of this cello bow pulls a warm, refined tone with a wonderful range of color. Very evenly balanced, the bow is easy to control, produces crisp and clear off-the-string strokes, and is very satisfying to play with. The ebony frog is in excellent condition and inlaid with a gold dove.

With a Home Trial you can try out this bow in the comfort of your home!

4/4 Malcolm Taylor gold-mounted cello bow
Octagonal, gold and ebony frog and button. 82g 


This Month's Featured Bass Bow

Horst John German Bass Bow

When one thinks of quality Brazilian handcrafted pernambuco wood bows, one name comes to mind: Horst John. Founded in 1951 as a precious woods exporter by a 24 year-old German-born immigrant, Horst John became a true pioneer by converting his firm's noble woods operation to bowmaking twenty years later. It was, and continues to be, a reference point of high standards in the quality of its naturally dried process (not artificially force cured). John only used pernambuco wood from a decades-old private stock approved by the Brazilian Environmental Authorities. The company today continues the same practice of using only aged wood.

This Horst John Special German Bass Bow is from their "Classic" line of bows, which copies the bow to the specifications used in the past along with famous engravings and ornamentations from the pre and post Baroque periods. It features a round pernambuco stick, silver-mounted frog, beautiful flower inlay and a silver wound grip. It weighs 138.5 grams.

With a Home Trial you can try out this bow in the comfort of your home!

3/4 Horst John Special Silver German Bass Bow
Silver-mounted. Flower inlay. Round stick. 138.5g 


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