Violin Bow by John Stagg, Bristol

Violin Bow by John Stagg, Bristol

About John Stagg

John Stagg was one of the last bowmakers employed by the firm W.E. Hill and Sons, working there until 1983. He also made bows for the Machold dealership in Germany. Stagg´s training in the Hill workshop is evident in the excellence of his workmanship and consistency across his output. Stagg bows are very popular with professional musicians for their reliability and strength.

About the bow

The bow weighs 60 grams and the mounts are of silver and ebony. The octagonal stick measures 733 mm in length.

How does it play?

I see Stagg bows as the logical culmination of the developments introduced by the earlier Hill maker, Arthur Bultitude. Bultitude left Hills in 1961, having led the workshop towards a much stronger stick than the earlier Hill bows.

This bow is no exception: it is extremely strong and would make a great partner for a less focussed violin. It works really well off the string and excels at producing a huge sound without too much effort.


The bow is in excellent condition. It is stamped John W. Stagg and bears Stagg´s characteristic interlocked rings on the frog.

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