Violins, violas, cellos and bows

Tel: 01438 715849

Hill & Company - bows for violins, violas and cellos

We have a comprehensive stock of violin, viola and cello bows to compliment our selection of instruments; everything from an entry level violin bow through nickel mounted German workshop bows with brazilwood and pernambuco sticks, to silver and gold mounted bows by highly regarded makers of the past.

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.

We offer:

  • Appraisals, advice and valuations.
  • Bow rehairing.
  • The ability to try a bow in our private playing room at the back of our shop - please call us to make an appointment.
  • A wide selection of violin, viola, cello bows for sale.

Silver mounted bows from the Finkel workshops in Switzerland

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.

Above: a Johannes Finkel bow

Bows by Maison Bernard in Brussels

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.

Above: Pierre Guillaume at work

Our shop includes a wide selection of violin, viola and cello bows in stock

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.

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Contact us

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