Ifshin Violins
The Ifshin Collection
of Fine Viola Bows
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!

Eugene Sartory

Eugene Sartory

ex Geraldine Walther

Sartory is arguably the greatest bowmaker of the 20th century. He began his training with Charles Peccatte, later working with Alfred Lamy, who greatly inspired his work. Sartory set up on his own in 1889, already having established a reputation as an excellent maker among his peers. Even before World War I his reputation had grown so much that he hired several assistants, including Hermann Prell and Otto Hoyer. After the Great War he hired as assistants such fine archetiers as Jules Fetique, Louis Morizot, and Louis Gillet. By having such fine assistants, he was able produce bows to satisfy the ever growing demand for his work, always finishing and perfecting the bows personally. This viola bow is an excellent example of his work, and belonged to the longtime principal violist of the San Francisco Symphony, Geraldine Walther. It draws a rich and colorful tone, and is exceptionally easy to handle, facilitating all the technical demands of a world-class violist.

Louis Gillet, branded Dupuy

Louis Gillet, branded Dupuy

Paris. Gillet worked for the large Thibouville-Lamy workshop until 1911, before serving in the French army during World War I. After the war, his reputation as a quality bowmaker grew, culminating when Eugene Sartory hired him as his assistant in 1934. This was very important in his career. The years of experience working with Sartory helped him improve his craft and gain recognition. After Sartory died in 1946, he worked for Georges Dupuy, Sartory’s successor and son-in-law. Though Gillet’s oeuvre continually developed throughout his career, Sartory’s influence can be seen on his working style. This bow is a good example of his later period. The head is robust and the stick is strong and powerful, and nuanced, perfect for a viola bow.

Jean Pascal Nehr

Jean Pascal Nehr

Paris. Jean Pascal-Nehr graduated from the Mirecourt school of bowmaking in 1977, studying with Bernard Ouchard. Steeped in the French tradition of bowmaking, he is deeply inspired by early 19th century greats as Persois, Jean Dominique Adam, and F.X. Tourte. He maintains close contact with professional musicians, always making bows with their interests in mind. This bow is crafted with the most superb quality pernambuco and is very strong yet light in the hand. It produces a tone of razor sharpness and is ideal for orchestral playing.

Christian Barthe

Christian Barthe

One of the finest contemporary Parisian makers, Barthe has won prizes in various competitions, including in 2016 in Paris for a viola bow. After studying violin for several years, Barthe embarked on his bowmaking career at the young age of 16, apprenticing with Gilles Duahuat. He perfected his skills with Stephane Thomachot and Jean-Jacques Millant. Since 1997 he has been working in Paris, where he continues to seek the advice of the inimitable Bernard Millant. Barthe’s work is reminiscent of historic French making, yet possesses distinct characteristics all his own. The bows are remarkably responsive and supple, drawing a warm, clean sound. They are excellent for any young musician seeking a fabulous modern bow at a reasonable price.

R.L. Steenburgen

Sacramento, gold mounted

Morgan Andersen

Morgan Andersen

Check out our article on this important maker. Many fine examples both gold and silver mounted.

The bow pictured here is one of the fine silver-mounted bows we have available.

News! Morgan just won top prize for his latest violin bow in the prestigious instrument and bow making competition in Paris: The 2011 "Councours de Lutherie Etienne Vatelot". Congratulations!

J.B.Aniano

J.B.Aniano

New York. Beginning on his own in 1978, Aniano continued studying bowmaking with William Salchow in the early 1980s. 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 flexible and strong and draws a clean and focused tone.

Pierre Nehr

Pierre Nehr

Paris. Pierre Nehr studied with his brother, Jean-Pascal Nehr, a graduate of the bow making school in Mirecourt with Bernard Ouchard. Pierre has won prizes for cello, viola and violin bows, including at the VSA in 2008 and and 2012 and the Vatelot competition in 2011. This stick is strong and nimble, helping the instrument to respond easily.

K. Sleeman

K. Sleeman

Amsterdam

Jacques Poullot

Charles Bazin

Charles Bazin

Monique Poullot

Monique Poullot

Several examples. For the past decade we have been the exclusive representatives of Monique Poullot’s bows in the United States. Her training can be traced back to the bow making school in Mirecourt run by Bernard Ouchard, as her first teacher was a graduate of the program. Well steeped in the traditional methods of the great French school, she has continued perfecting her craft with such masters as the renowned Stephane Tomachot. These bows are a great value for the price. Her wood selection is first rate, consistently rich in tonal properties and flexible across the strings. Her bows are excellent for any player looking for a good, modern French bow at an affordable price.

Read here more information on Monique and Jacques Poullot.

R. Neudorfer

R. Neudorfer

John Norwood Lee

Chicago 

H.R. Pfretzschner

H.R. Pfretzschner

less than $2,000

Jay Haide, J.H., J. Keller, D. Chagas, C. Lozer, John Brasil, Emile Richaud, Ary France, V. Schaeffer, J.P. Gabriel, Pfretzschner, Finkel Shop, John Bolander

Read more about affordable viola bows under $1000.

Carbon Fiber Bows

Jay Haide - 4 models

CodaBow: Diamond Gx, Sx & Nx, and Prodigy.