A high-quality baroque violin / treble gamba bow from the workshop of Walter Mettal, round stick. 48 grams, 670 mm length.
Not a cheap Brazilian bow, but a creation of (arguably) the finest of modern German bow makers.
I imported several dozen bows from Mettal in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s. This bow is one of those, new and never sold, never out of my collection. I have several of them.
One of a family of Schoenbach violin makers, Walter and his father specialized in bows rather than violins.
As I recall, he told me he was born in 1941. That would make us the same age.
Winner of a Bronze Medal at the Kassel Exhibit of 1983, he informed me that was most upset by the honor. “My bows were the best in the contest. I should have won a gold medal.”
And perhaps he was correct. Mettal did refuse to enter any contests after Kassel.
I have a dozen or so, all new, never sold, never out of my collection.
Except for the gold-mounted bows, they’re not expensive, are strong and beautifully constructed.
I give them my highest recommendation. Kept in my violin vault for nearly half a century as long-term investments, it’s now time for them to be sold.
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