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Poetry in Motion: Benoît Rolland on the Making of Bows 1500 and 1515

Award-winning, Parisian-born bow maker Benoît Rolland studied both piano and violin, graduating from the Paris and Versailles conservatoires. He trained as a bow maker in Mirecourt, France, (1971–75) with master maker Bernard Ouchard, and opened his first studio in Paris…


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The AFVBM Talks Trade in Berkeley

By Megan Westberg The American Federation of Violin and Bow Makers (AFVBM) met in Berkeley last week to talk about all things technical and trade related. Speakers were drawn from the organization’s membership, and the meeting’s sessions ran the gamut…

Berg Bows Announces the StarkerKittel Bow Project

Sponsored Story by Berg Bows Berg Bows International, of Bloomington, IN announces a Go Fund Me project to replicate the late Janos Starker’s Kittel cello bow. Nikolai Kittel was a master bow maker whose bows continue to be held in…

London Spring 2016 Auction Results

    Ahead of the annual round of London auctions held in March, Beares Auctions announced a new direction for the auction wing of the established shop, John & Arthur Beare. Under the banner of “Moto Perpetuo,” Beares’ will offer…


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AFVBM To Meet In Berkeley In May

Every two years, the American Federation of Violin and Bow Makers, a group comprised of some of the most respected bow and violin makers, restorers, and dealers in the United States, gathers to reconnect, attend knowledge-building lectures, and to vote…

Why Fine German Bows Are Such a Bargain

Tips on finding a good-quality stick for under $5,000  by Phillip Kass If you want to buy the best French bow, be prepared to spend a lot of money. Bows by François Tourte, the creator of the modern bow and…