Ref :   0613

A very good German violin bow by
Gotthard Schuster
(b. 1903)
 
Circa 1950

 
Gotthard Schuster (b. 1903) initially studied bowmaking under Emanuel Schuster in Shönbach. In 1928 he passed his Master Craftsman examination and in 1928 opened his own workshop, in the same town. He moved to Bubenreuth in 1946.

This particular bow has truly extraordinary playing properties - exceptionally good articulation and response to subtlety, greatly aided by a very firm stick that allows for pressure and big tone. All professional violinists who have tried this bow have commented on the ease of execution it allows to the most difficult passages. This bow would be an asset to a demanding violinist.

Weight :
  63.2 g

The Stick :
  Octagonal pernambuco.

The Nut :
  Ebony with Parisian eye. Original to the stick, bearing the personal stamp of this maker in the left flank - an arrow piercing the letters G SCH. There are a few minor chips to the edges around the mother-of-pearl slide.The mark on the right edge of the silver ferrule is a scratch and not a crack.

Mountings :
  Silver

Wrapping :
  Silver wrapping. Black leather thumbpad.

Tip Facing :
  Ivory

Condition :
  This bow has seen a lot of use - and with reason: it's an excellent bow. The stick is in impeccable condition and perfectly straight. The frog could do with a bit of restoration and refreshing, but other than the minor chipping around the slide edge it is free from cracks, The bow has just been rehaired.

Provenance :
  This is the property of a very important South African violin teacher, who acquired it in London.

Price : Withheld
 
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