W.E. Hill + Sons "W.E.H + S" silver-mounted violin bow
W.E. Hill and Sons became the most prestigious violin dealership in the UK from the late nineteenth century through to their closure in 1992. While they are rightly famous for their expertise in authentication, and for the high-quality violins handmade in their own workshops, it is arguably their bows which have the highest profile these days. This bow is graded “W.E.H & S”, the second highest of the four grades commonly seen in New Zealand. It is very steady on the string and has a warm but clear and very controllable articulation. At 54.4 grams, it will suit a player looking for a lighter stick with a good response. The loss of its original button, and some general wear and tear, see this bow come onto the market at a very reasonable price.