Ifshin Violins
Rare & Fine Instruments

The Ifshin Collection of Fine Bows

Over the years, Jay Ifshin has acquired many fine bows from the most skilled contemporary makers and has kept some of the best for his personal collection. He has recently put several particularly nice bows from his collection on sale. This in addition to an already spectacular selection of fine bows makes now an excellent time to upgrade your bow!

Guillaume á Bruxelles

Gold mounted

Morgan Andersen

Morgan Andersen

Available in gold/ebony and silver/ebonyCheck out this article on Morgan Andersen

John Friedrich & Bros.

John Friedrich & Bros.

New York. This firm opened up in New York in 1883, a business partnership between John and William Friedrich. Originally from Germany, John Friedrich worked with several prominent German firms, including Hammig, in Leipzig. The Friedrich brothers won several prizes for their instruments in the United States, including Chicago, 1893, St. Louis, 1904, and Philadelphia, 1926. Many of their bows were imported from the finest craftsmen in Germany, including this bow.

John Aniano

John Aniano

Beginning on his own in 1978, Aniano continued studying bowmaking with William Salchow in the early 1980’s. Since 2002 he has worked with the renowned Yung Chin, whom Aniano considers his principal teacher and mentor. He won prizes at the VSA, including gold medal for a cello bow in 2006 and a viola bow in 2010. This bow is his personal model, inspired by Pajeot. The stick is strong and has spring, pulling a focused sound from the instrument.

J.S. Finkel

J.S. Finkel

Gold mounted. The son of Siegfried Finkel, and grandson of the renowned Paul Weidhaas, Johannes Finkel is a 4th generation bowmaker, highly regarded in his own right. His credentials include apprenticeships and employment with Siegfried Finkel, J.A. Beare in London, Hans Weishaar in Los Angeles, and Moennig in Philadelphia. Since 1984 Finkel has run the family's workshop in Switzerland. His bows are of consistent quality following the rich tradition of his family. In excellent condition, this bow is responsive and powerful- an excellent value for a gold bow.

Emmanuel Bégin

 Emmanuel Bégin

Montreal

Emmanuel Bégin

Emmanuel Bégin

Montreal. The young Emmanuel Bégin first studied with his father, the bowmaker, Louis Bégin. He also studied with Yannick Le Canu before setting up on his own in Montréal. He has won several prizes for his bows, most recently winning gold medal for his violin bow in 2014 at the Violin Society of America competition, and winning unanimous gold in 2016 for his violin, viola, and cello bows. His cello bows are a testament to his free and elegant sculpting. The bows are artfully nuanced, articulating each note with precision and clarity.

Morgan Andersen

Morgan Andersen

Silver and ebony mounted, multiple examples

P. Testa á Paris

P. Testa á Paris

(gold/ebony)

Thomas Dignan

Boston

Guillaume á Bruxelles

Guillaume á Bruxelles

Brussels, silver mounted

Franck Daguin

Lyon, France. Franck Daguin studied and worked with Jean-Frederic Schmitt for ten years and then with luthier Daniel Scaffi before settling in Lyon, France. Daguin has won prizes at the spéciale Paris in 1991, the Grand Prix des Métiers d'Art Lyon in 1992 and the spéciale Paris in 2004. For years, Jay Ifshin has visited Franck at his workshop in Lyon, France and always looks forward to seeing his fine new bows as well as his restorations of great old master bows.

Louis Bazin

Louis Bazin

nickel mounted

Louis Simon á Paris

Louis Simon á Paris

H.R. Pfretzscher