Cello bow stamped A. Hoyer, Markneukirchen, c. 1920
About Markneukirchen violin bowsThis cello bow was made in the Markneukirchen area of Germany, very close to the Czech border. The town was one of the main centres of German instrument making, producing a great many violins, violas, cellos and bows every year. The makers in the workshops were highly trained and very skilled: each person had their own part to play in the production of the instruments and bows.
About the bowAlthough this bow bears the stamp `A. Hoyer´, no such member of the Hoyer family exists. This bow is in fact a workshop bow, stamped with the supposed name of an individual maker to add prestige.
The stick measures 710 mm in length and the bow weighs 83 grams. The bow is mounted in nickel and ebony and the pernambuco stick is round.
How does it play?This is a bow for cellists who prioritise great beauty of tone over strength: it wouldn´t be a good match for a big Romantic concerto but would be a pleasing partner in more intimate settings. It has a suppleness to the sound and the instrument speaks very readily when using this bow.
ConditionThe bow is in very good condition.
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