Featured Violin Bow
About Marcel Lapierre
French bow maker Marcel Charles Lapierre was born in Mirecourt in 1907 and died there in 1979. After apprenticing with Jérôme Thibouville Lamy from 1921 to 1923, he worked for many of the top bow makers of the early 20th century French school, including François Lotte, Louis Bazin, and Louis Morizot. In 1946, Lapierre travelled to Paris to study briefly with Emile Auguste Ouchard, then to Geneva, Switzerland, where he worked for Pierre Vidoudez for two years. He returned to Mirecourt in 1948 to establish his own workshop.
About This Violin Bow
Round, silver and ebony frog. 4/4
Featured Viola Bow
About Emmanuel Begin
Canadian bow maker Emmanuel Bégin began his training at the age of 14 with his father, Louis Bégin, in Montréal. He moved to Lille, France to work with Yannick Le Canu for several years, before returning to Montréal to open his own workshop.
He has won several recognitions from the Violin Society of America competitions, including a Gold Medal for a cello bow and Certificates of Merit for his violin and viola bows in 2012. In the 2014 VSA competition, he won Certificates of Merit for a viola bow and cello bow, a Gold Medal for a violin bow, as well as an additional Gold Medal for a bass bow made in collaboration with Eric Fournier.
About This Viola Bow
Round. Silver and ebony frog. 16” and larger
Featured Cello Bow
About Gustav Prager
Researching the Prager dynasty of violin and bow makers reveals numerous family members with various (and sometimes conflicting) forenames and birth and death dates. Luthiers named Prager can be traced back to the early 19th century in Markneukirchen, Germany, including violin maker Wilhelm Heinrich Prager and bow maker Friedrich Wilhelm Prager (presumably relatives), who worked in Landwüst--a region of Markneukirchen--in the early 1800s.
Friedrich Wilhelm's sons, Gustav Oskar (also possibly known as Gustav Adolf and Oskar Gustav) Prager (1866-1953) and August Edwin Prager (b. 1875), developed the outstanding reputation of the family name with their training in Leipzig at the workshop of Ludwig Bausch (known as the "German Tourte") and their successful businesses established in Markneukirchen. The Prager brothers' bows were widely admired and copied--numerous German bows were branded with the Prager name and exported during the prolific period of violin and bow production in Germany at the turn of the 20th century.
About This Cello Bow
Octagonal. Gold and ebony frog and button. 4/4
We believe this bow to be an authentic Gustav Prager cello bow representing the best of what the family produced.
Featured Bass Bow
About Horst John
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.
About This Bass Bow
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.
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