Welcome to Cat & Bow, the place to find affordable, hand-crafted Baroque violin bows.
Heidi Erbrich, a professional early musician, offers a selection of different hand made bows from her workshop in Spain.
Early baroque bow with a clip-in frog.
It is suitable for early Italian music and Biber but also works well for Purcell and French 17th-century music.
The stick is made from snakewood and the frog can either be made from ebony or snakewood. The length is 64 cm and it is approximately 36-39 grams.
Early 18th century violin bow with screw mechanism. Good for playing Handel, Bach etc.
Bow, frog and button are all made from snakewood.
Length is 68 cm and weight is approx. 49-51 grams.
Mid-baroque viola bow. With screw or clip-in frog. Made from snake wood. Length 72cm. Weight +/-57g
Late baroque viola bow, loosely based on the Thomas Smith bow in the Ashmolean museum. Made from snakewood. Length 73cm. Weight 60-64g.
The other is a bow from around the first half of the 18th century , a “sonata-bow” type. It is longer, but feels just as supple, light and stable and with a very fine feeling of balance. I am therefore very happy with both bows!
I chose one of Heidi’s bows. Through the lightness and quality of the bow my arm and the bow are one!
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