With a strong interest in historical performance practice, we are able to showcase period bows, and to represent several fine modern makers. We are period-bow geeks who actively perform with, and collect, a variety of bass bows from historical eras, and their modern reproductions, having commissioned quite a number. Additionally, we have pretty extensive experience with hybrid bows (made to play either French or German hold). We can, at least, fairly convincingly SOUND like we know what we're talking about!
Snakewood Baroque-style bow SOLD
Nice and very playable, very accessible baroque-style bow. Like new! JUST $249
Carbow's Up & Down bow
"After many years’ of orchestral and solo playing and after many discussions with my colleagues, it is undeniable that both techniques have their own advantages. When a bass player decides to alternate between the two techniques, the major disadvantage he faces is that it is sometimes difficult to choose between them. And that not only requires two different bows but means changing bows while playing…
I was finding this impossible and a distraction from my most important concern which is to feel sufficiently comfortable to give my full attention to the music.
The concept of a ‘combined’ bow involved designing the most ergonomic frog. Working closely with Olivier we developed the 'Up&Down' bow. Its technical qualities are equivalent to those of my best wooden bows and I can change style in an instant when playing.
Thanks to Carbow’s know-how, I just needed a short period of adjustment before I could take full advantage of the benefits of this bow that I use daily. I suggest you try it."
Eric Chapelle, bass player with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo
Baroque-style, over/underhand permambuco bows - just $795. OUT OF STOCK
Our commission from one of our favorite Brazilian makers, these bows are some of the first in our efforts to make well-designed, well-made period bows accessible to more players.
Two underhand transition bows
144g, $1800 REDUCED! JUST $1399
155g, $2000 SOLD
Two relatively rare, original transition bows (underhand) - the 155g bow has a new tip by Bernard Walke of Ottowa, made from obviously synthetic black material, specifically to help make it border-friendly. Nickel mounted, likely early 20th century and likely German-made. Replacing its pearly eyes is being deliberated; if the work is performed, price will be adjusted.
The 144g bow is English, 19th century, and has had some recarving and a new, handmade, sterling silver button by French bowmaker Gilles DuHaut.
Both bows have recent hair in excellent condition.
Very old German bow
Though it's not a "hammerhead" design, this bow is grouped with the transition bows as it's of an era gone by - clearly made to be played on large basses with gut strings. The same length as an average modern German bow (29 3/4"). Both the ferrule and tip mortise are narrower than average, so it takes a narrower ribbon of hair. Larger stick, very nicely flamed pernambuco. Extremely powerful. Well-balanced, so it's not cumbersome for its weight. Offered at a very nice price for the quality of wood!