We commission new European bows from renowned English, German, French, Swiss and Belgian makers and we have some fine older English examples from the workshops of Messrs W. E. Hill and Sons. Choosing a bow is a highly personal matter. Subtle differences of weight and balance contribute to making a good partnership between player, instrument and bow.
Finkel bows have been used by musicians since 1868. Johannes Finkel is the 4th generation of the Finkel-Weidhass bow making dynasty. He runs a workshop in Schwanden/Brienz and now works with three other talented bowmakers: Werner Ernst , Marcus Fischer and J M Luthi. Daniela Finkel did her apprenticeship as a bowmaker in her father’s workshop, and is the 5th generation of the family making bows.
Finkel bows are beautifully made and finely balanced which is why they are used by discerning musicians all over the world.
La Maison Bernard was founded by Nicolas Bernard and his brother Victor in Liège in 1868 and initially specialised in the manufacture and selling of pianos. André Bernard succeeded his father Nicolas and turned to violin- and bow-making. Jacques Bernard took Jan Strick under his wing in 1976, and Pierre Guillaume in 1980. He supplied them with training and guidance, and in 1986 transferred the firm and its traditions to them. Maison Bernard produce bows of different grades mounted in nickel & silver.
Pierre Guillaume makes bows for violins, violas and cellos with frogs mounted in silver and gold. Pierre Guillaume is a member of the International Society of violin and bow makers.
Instruments and bows may be tried in our playing room and full approval facilities are available. We ask that before visiting us you ring first to discuss your requirements and make an appointment.
Hill & Company
5 High Street
Shop opening times:
Monday to Friday
9.00 to 12.30 & 13.30 to 17.00
9.00 to 12.30 & 14.00 to 17.00