PAESOLD BOWS A great deal of literature exists concerning the virtues of good violins, whilst comparatively little written material has been forthcoming on the bow. Considering that the quality of the bow is as great a contribution to fine performance as the instrument, it is perhaps surprising that so little has been said. It could be an indication that the secrets of the master bow are even more elusive than those of the master violin. Indeed it is often forgotten that the violin was invented to be played with a bow which had already existed for several centuries. It is significant that there have always been fewer successful bow makers than violin makers.

Today, Paesold is respected throughout the world for high quality bows. From moderately priced items upwards, each bow is individually made within the Paesold workshops. All are made from traditional materials which have stood the tests of time and are the work of craftsmen to whom the secrets to the enigma of a fine bow are well known.

Violin, Viola & Cello Bows

58, 58V,58CRound brazilwood stick available in 3/4 and 4/4 size, full lined nickel- silver-mounted ebony wood frog with pari- sian eye, 3-ring nickel-silver button, leather thumb grip, whalebone wrapping: black with 5 white rings.

108, 108V, 108COctagon brazilwood stick, full-lined nickel- silver-mounted ebony wood frog with pari- Sian eye, 3-ring nickel-silver button, leather thumb grip, whalebone wrapping: black and gold.

192, 192V, 192CRound pernambuco stick full-lined nickel- silver-mounted ebony wood frog with single eye, 3-ring nickel-silver button, leather thumb grip, whalebone or wire wrapping: black and white.

237, 237V, 237C – Octagon pernambuco stick, two- part full-lined nickel-silver-mounted ebony wood frog with parisian eye, 3-ring nickel- silver button with eye, leather thumb grip, silver-plated wire wrapping.

365, 365V, 365CRound or octagon pernambuco stick, two- part full-lined pure silver-mounted ebony wood frog with parisian eye, 3-ring pure silver button with eye, leather thumb grip, pure silver wire wrapping.

366, 366V, 366CRound or octagon pernambuco stick, two- part full-lined pure silver-mounted ebony wood frog with parisian eye, 3-ring pure Round brazilwood stick, half-lined nickel- silver button with eye, leather thumb grip, silver-mounted wood frog with lined slide pure silver wire wrapping. and parisian eye, 3-ring button with eye, leather thumb grip, pure silver wire wrapping.

468, 468V 468C Round or octagon pernambuco stick, two- part full-lined pure silver-mounted stamped ebony wood frog with parisian eye, 3-ring pure silver button with eye, leather thumb grip, pure silver wire wrapping.

469H, 469HV, 469HCRound or octagon pernambuco stick, two- part full-lined pure silver-mounted horn frog with parisian eye, pure silver capsule button, leather thumb grip, pure silver wire wrap- ping.

497violin – Round or octagon pernambuco stick, two- part full-lined very best silver-mounted stamped ebony wood frog with parisian eye, 3-ring silver button with eye, leather thumb grip, silver wire wrapping.

Bass Bows – French/German Style

505BRound pernambuco stick, half-lined nickel- silver-mounted Buttler model ebony wood frog with lined slide, german-style button, leather thumb grip, whalebone wrapping: black and white.

506BOctagon pernambuco stick, half-lined nickel- silver-mounted Buttler model ebony wood frog with lined slide, german-style button, leather thumb grip, whalebone wrapping: black and white.

Key to Symbols

V denotes viola bow

C denotes cello bow

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The Making of a Paesold Bow

Paesold’s skilled craftsmen first travel to Brazil to personally inspect and select trees, which are the best obtainable, for their production of Pernambuco and Brazilwood bows. However, before this wood can be used for bow making, it must be allowed to naturally air dry for many years. Only then does it fulfill the specific requirements needed to make Paesold bows. Weight, balance, and flexibility are the determining factors in the playing qualities of all bows. According to traditional methods and skills honed over generations of bow making, Paesold’s craftmen have become expert at interpreting each piece of bow wood to achieve the optimum combination of these essential qualities.

The History of Paesold Bows

Roderich Paesold – Born in 1891 in the Bohemian “Musikwinkel” (music corner) close to the district town of Eger, Roderich Paesold grew up with musical instruments. His father owned his own string and bow business, and after his apprenticeship, Roderich himself joined the family business. In 1939, he travelled to London for business negotiation just as World War II began. Throughout the entire war, Roderich was not allowed to leave the United Kingdom, which later proved to be extremely beneficial. After the war, he settled in the Bavarian town of Bubenreuth and in 1959 he re-established the family bow making business.  Due to his skilled craftsmanship and entrepreneurial initiative, the company gained a reputation which went far beyond Germany’s borders. Many important bow makers studied or worked at the workshop of Roderich Paesold. In 1981, the Paesold company was integrated into the Boosey & Hawkes group. Thanks to worldwide sales distribution, Paesold products became available to leading musicians in all countries. Today, Paesold is strengthening its outstanding position in the world market through extensive research and development activities. Paesold products belong among the finest in the world, which is why many orchestra musicians across the world choose to play Paesold.