Rudolf Neudörfer Silver Mounted Violin Bow – Bubenreuth, Germany c. 1982


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This is a beautiful German violin bow made in the 1980’s by Rudolf Neudörfer of Bubenreuth, Germany. Neudörfer grew up in the Czech Republic and came from a long line of bow and instrument makers. He learned his bow making in the state-run Violin Making School in Luby and worked at the Cremona cooperative for string instruments until 1964 when he escaped to the West by posing as a ski coach at the Olympic Games in Innsbruck 1964. He did an apprenticeship in bow making in Bubenreuth at the Seifert shop (1968-1973) and got to travel all over the world: to Switzerland to work for Finkel (in 1983 and 1986), Hollywood, USA to visit the Weisshaar shop, Tokyo, and to Brazil to purchase pernambuco wood that would last him a lifetime. In 1973 he set up his own shop in Bubenreuth. In the 1980’s he won several prizes at competitions at the Violin Society of America and in Wiesbaden, Germany, where he won a gold medal for his violin bows.

The bow is pernambuco specie with sterling silver mounts and is in round section. The fully-lined ebony frog is accented with a single mother-of-pearl eyes and a mother-of-pearl slide. A leather thumb grip on the silver winding and a three-piece silver and ebony adjuster complete the bow.

Weight fully haired 61.7 grams.