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!

From $2,000 to $5,000

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.

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

Douglas Raguse

Douglas Raguse

Cedar, Michigan. One of the best American bowmakers, Raguse has made over 1100 bows. He studied with Lloyd Liu and Bill Salchow before setting up on his own in Chicago, and later in Michigan. He has won a dozen awards at various competitions, including gold medal at the VSA in 1980. This bow is a fine example of Raguse's work.

stamped R. Weichold

stamped R. Weichold
Dresden. From 1851, When Friederich August Weichold was granted the title, "Instrument Maker to the Court of Saxony," until the shop closed its doors after the 1945 allied bombing of Dresden, Weichold bows were synonymous with high quality. They had fine makers in their own workshop in addition to the bows they acquired from Germany's best makers, most notably, the Nürnberger family. This bow was made in the early part of the 20th century, after the shop adopted the trademark "RW" with the arrow through it. At 66.2 grams it is a light viola bow, yet it retains all the strength and agility of a fine viola bow. The stick is lively, and it is remarkably easy to play.

John Clutterbuck

John Clutterbuck

One of the bowmakers trained at Hills after World War II, Clutterbuck began his training at the age of 15 making cases. He later switched to bowmaking together with Garner Wilson under Malcom Taylor. He left in 1971, after about 6 years, and set up a shop in partnership with Stephen Bristow, another ex-Hill bowmaker. This bow is light in the hand and quite strong, drawing a characteristically smooth, bold tone.

Nürnberger

The Nürnberger family worked in close concert with each other to fashion some of the finest bows in Germany. They maintained a high level of artistry over the course of their prolific oeuvre, frequently working on the Tourte model. With luthiers in the family dating back to the early 18th century, the Nürnbergers flourished as bowmakers beginning in the late 19th century, widely recognized as the standard bearers of German bow making. This bow was made c. 1910 and has all the features that made their bows so popular for much of the 20th century- the workmanship is near perfect, the balance superb and the tone rich.

Charles Bazin

Charles Bazin

Son of Louis Bazin, and grandson of the extremely influential Charles Nicholas Bazin, Charles Bazin was one of the most important bow makers of the mid- 20th century. He was active in bowmaking by the age of 15, opening his own shop shortly after World War II. He had only one assistant, and made bows of fine quality for clients throughout France, the United States, and beyond. His bows are strong yet sweet, bridging the gap between the old tradition and new school of French bowmaking. This bow represents an excellent value in a classic French bow.

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.

Rudolf Neudörfer

Rudolf Neudörfer

From a long line of bowmakers living in Schönbach/Luby, Rudolf studied in the state run technical and business schools before emigrating to West Germany in 1964. He eventually worked with Siegfried Finkel until 1973, when he set up on his own in Bubenreuth. In the 1980s he won several prizes at competitions, including the VSA and Wiesbaden.

John Norwood Lee

Chicago