Instruments, Bows, and Gear

Mr. Tourte, I Need a Bow! How the Tourte Design Became the Model for the Modern Bow

As modern players now recognize, Tourte’s bows, with a few small additions, have become the gold standard in bow design. But Tourte’s model is the culmination of a protracted search for a bow responsive to a variety of musical demands. The story of its development illustrates the interplay of influence among bows, instruments, and musical style.