Stephen Marvin Betts model classical cello bow
Bow maker Stephen Marvin became interested in bow making in 1980, while pursuing a career in early music as a violinist and violist. He learned the basics of modern bow making with William Salchow in New York, then began researching bow models made before 1800. After examining and measuring historical bows found in museums and collections in Europe and the United States, Marvin began building reproductions of early bow models and developing his own, from his workshop in Toronto, Canada.
Marvin builds bows based on models from the late 17th century through the Classical era of bow making after models by Tourte and Dodd, as well as later modern models. Numerous professional players from top early music orchestras all over the world own Marvin bows, including musicians in the acclaimed Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, where Marvin has been a violinist for over 25 years.
Marvin's articles on historical bow making have appeared in The Strad and other string instrument publications, and he is an avid writer of fiction.