German Tubbs model, Markneukirchen, circa 1920

German Tubbs model, Markneukirchen, circa 1920

About Markneukirchen bows

This violin bow was made in the Markneukirchen area of Germany, 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. Whilst a high number of cheaper violins and bows were made in this area, this is a really excellent copy of the great English maker, James Tubbs.

About James Tubbs

Tubbs was very hard-working and consistent in his output: his bows can be readily recognised from the rounded, almost tubby, profile of the head and the use of metal face-plates, amongst many other features. Charmingly, Tubbs made a number of prize bows to be awarded to winners of violin competitions, these are engraved with the recipientsĀ“ initials.

About the bow

This bow was made in Markneukirchen in the 1920s. It weighs 62 grams and the stick measures 731 mm in length. The mounts are of silver and ebony.

How does it play?

This is a particularly successful Tubbs copy in that it manages to capture the squidgy but responsive playing experience of the original bows. Tubbs bows are highly prized by players for these qualities, leading the German workshops to copy the model. This bow represents a great opportunity to get some of that Tubbs magic for a lower price!


The bow is in excellent condition.

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