Viola Bow by Edwin Lothar Herrmann, Markneukirchen
About Edwin Lothar HerrmannThere have been Herrmann bowmakers in the Vogtland area as far back as the beginning of the 18th century. The last in this illustrious line, Lothar Herrmann, was born in 1893. He studied bow making with his father and grandfather between 1928 and 1932, also attending the Markneukirchen school of instrument making. Herrmann graduated to master bowmaker in 1949, at which point he began to stamp his own name on his work.
Herrmann continued to work in his father´s workshop until 1960, setting up on his own in Markneukirchen in 1961. He used a variety of stamps during his career, including the E.L. HERMMANN KNOPF stamp seen on this bow. The Knopf surname refers to his family´s close links with that other great bow making dynasty.
About the bowThe bow weighs 69 grams and the mounts are of nickel and ebony. The octagonal stick measures 730 mm in length.
How does it play?This is a good strong stick which feels as though the contact with the string is consistent along its whole length. It is robust and predictable to play, a reliable bow which allows the player to focus on musical decisions.
ConditionThe bow is in excellent condition. It is stamped E.L. Herrmann Knopf on the player side, in addition to bearing the family´s coat of arms on the frog.
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