Violin Bow by John Dodd, London

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Violin Bow by John Dodd, London

About John Dodd

The English bow maker John Dodd is fascinating from several points of view. Trained as a fitter of gun locks and then as a maker of money scales, Dodd went on to develop the modern bow concurrently to Tourte, thus earning his place amongst the most important bow makers of history.

His approach to creating the concave stick with which we are so familiar was entirely different to his French contemporary: whilst Tourte used heat to bend a curve into a straight stick, Dodd fixed two saws together and cut the curve into the wood. Frequently short of funds, Dodd is also infamous for stealing silver teaspoons and melting them down to use as bow fittings: his early training in metalwork must have come in handy for this!

About the bow

The bow weighs 59 grams. The silver and ebony mounts are unoriginal, thus affording the opportunity to purchase a very special bow for a lower than usual price.

How does it play?

This bow may be particularly suited to proponents of the Franco-Belgian school as it responds so well to this style of bowing. It is extremely grippy and the sound springs into life when conserving bow.


The bow is in excellent condition with unoriginal mounts.

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