Ref :   0658

A very good German violin bow stamped
'Roderich Paesold * '
Probably from Bubenreuth, c. 1970 or later

The Paesold family business was established in 1848 by Johann Carl Paesold. During the 1920s and 30s his grandson, Roderich Paesold (b. 1891) had already at a young age established himself as a foremost German bow maker and was based in Bad Brambach. Just before World War II, Roderich Paesold went to England to discuss business, but due to hostilities with Germany he was not allowed to return home and was detained in England for the duration of the war. During those 6 years in England he studied the business model of W. E. Hill & Sons, who trained and employed the finest bow makers in the world to produce bows bearing the Hill stamp, and he decided to duplicate the model in Germany.

Upon returning to Germany he discovered that Paesold family business had gone into serious decline. In 1950 he took over control of company and moved it from Bad Brambach to Bubenreuth. Under his guidance the firm became one of the most important producers of very good violin bows, much in the same manner as W E Hill & Sons in England engaged the finest makers to produce top-end bows. Many of Germany's leading bow makers studied under Paesold and worked in his establishment before setting up their own studios. In 1981, some time after Paesold's death, the firm became integrated with Boosey & Hawkes, but from 2004 onwards it has again been in Paesold family ownership.

If you like a solid firm stick that affords good control, is well-balanced and produces clear tone with excellent articulation, this is where you begin. The Paesold bows are universally known for precisely those qualities. This bow tends slightly to the heavy side (62.4 g) but is beautifully firm and balanced with just the right amount flexibility.

It dates from about 1970 or later, and has the Paesold one star silver mounted rating. It is in impeccable condition, perfectly straight with a healthy camber. It belonged to an important English violinist and its playing properties will be appreciated by any serious professional player.

Weight :
  62.4 g

The Stick :
  Octagonal pernambuco. Very Straight, fine camber

The Nut :
  Ebony, with Parisian eye

Mountings :

Lapping :
  Silver lapping. The brown leather thumbpad is recent.

Tip Slide :

Condition :

Provenance :
  Currently owned by Johan Grobbelaar. Earlier provenance withheld.

Price : On application
This bow has the Paesold one star silver mounted rating.
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