Arthur Thoma violin bow
Arthur Thoma was a third generation bowmaker, with an independent workshop in Hohendorf, a small German town on the southern Baltic coast, from 1931 until his death in 1990. He and his brother Albert learned their craft from their father Adolf, creating fine bows in the French and German classical styles. This example of Arthur’s work has an octagonal stick of well-selected pernambuco, and a silver-mounted frog finished with bold Parisian eyes. At 62.2 grams, the bow pulls a full, warm sound, the legato is smooth and creamy, and the spiccato and sautillé are precise and well-controlled. Overall, the bow performs very well at a top level.