Roland G. Penzel Violin Bow c. 1985


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Roland (b 1952) is the third generation of bow makers to the Penzel family in Ostrach, Germany. The firm is over 100 years old and earned the reputation for excellence all over the world. This craft they have mastered has earned them many honors as they have handed down the trade to each family member. Roland now runs the shop and received his master qualifications in 1977 and his son Matthias in 2008 now works in the firm. The company is still in operation today offering a complete range of bows for the orchestral strings. This bow is in excellent condition and the workmanship is beyond excellent. It is of pernambuco specie, octagonal section, sterling silver mount with a Parisian eye frog and a solid silver endscrew. The stick also contains a catalogue number # 0932 just north of the winding on the players side. The bow is light in the hand, yet firm. When the music called for aggressive playing this bow had guts and still great playability. It was very easy to control and handled off the string articulations with ease. This bow is another fine example of German workmanship that equals that of fine French bow makers. This is a must try for the serious player.

Weight fully haired 59.2 grams.