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Baroque Bows

The violin bow went through dramatic evolution from the 1600s until the late 1700s. These were many styles and sizes of bows used prior to the standardization of musical instrument bows into what we now call Tourte or Modern bows in the late 1700s. The primary different is length. The earlier bows were, in general, shorter and the later bows longer. Baroque bows that are almost like a modern Tourte bow tend to be called "Transitional Bows." Contemporary Baroque violinsts usually develop strong preferences for a specific types of Baroque Bow. These preferences are, to some extent, based on whose music they play, as well as the preferences of their teachers (just like modern violin playing). Take a look at the Baroque Bows product listing for more information.