Hermann Richard Pfretzschner violin bow
The famous German bow maker Hermann Richar Pfretzschner retired from active bow making in 1914, but his small, high-quality workshop continued under the leadership of his two sons Hermann and Berthold. This bow, owned by a New Zealand player for many years, probably dates from the 1950s, and is a great example of the better work produced by the two brothers. The playing action is lovely – very clean and precise but powerful and with excellent performance characteristics that match well with other bows in the $7000-$9,000 range. A possibly unoriginal button and minor defects in the pearl inlays place this bow at a very competitive price.