Wilhelm Schuster, German Workshop Cello Bow c. 1940’s


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Because of the huge boom in exportation of musical instruments from Germany from the second half of the 19th century up to WWII there was a natural need for bow makers. Bow makers opened workshops in and around the town of Markneukirchen and soon were regarded among the most important in Germany. Wilhelm Schuster brand came from a large family of bowmakers extending back many generations in Fleisson and Markneukirchen. Our bow was made by one of the long line of traditional bowmakers of the Schuster family, Wilhelm, making bows from the late 1880’s up through 1917.

Our pernambuco specie cello bow is octagonal in section and features nickel silver mounts. The bow has been meticulously gone over in our workshop and is in excellent condition. We added a new silver winding with leather thumb grip and a fresh rehair. The single eyes in the frog are mother-of-pearl and the endscrew is three pieces: silver/ebony/silver. The bow is very strong and was made very much in his own semi-octagonal design. The stick is easy to control while allowing for some decent pressure to lay into the string. A great bow for the money.

Weight fully haired 78.3 grams.

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