New tourte-voirin Model Berg Bow

Michael Duff presenting a gold mounted 'Tourte-Voirin' model Berg bow to Clara-Jumi Kang, gold medalist of the 2010 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis.

Berg Bows announces a new model violin bow which very successfully combines qualities of TOURTE and VOIRIN bows. Now our clients can commission bows in the weight range from 57 to 61 grams incorporating these qualities. Those at the lower weight range are not weak as some Tourte bows can be, while those of higher weight still have a nice flexural quality in the lower third of the stick, the octagon region.

The inspiration for developing this model came first from internationally famous virtuoso Mark Kaplan, professor of violin at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, who favors performing with a very light pernambuco bow, at 56 grams. He tested two prototypes, the first weighing 61 grams, the second weighing 58 grams. The latter is the one now owned by virtuoso Eduard Melkus of Austria. Professor Kaplan praised both highly, specifically their flexural quality. Mr Melkus enthusiastically concurs. Further inspiration for developing the new model came from internationally famous virtuoso Corey Cerovsek, a pupil of the late Josef Gingold. Corey kindly made it possible for me to make detailed measurements of a Voirin violin bow that he favors. The data were very valuable.

Tourte-Viorin Violin Bow Gold Mounted Tourte-Viorin Violin Bow Gold Mounted

The new model is a resounding success. Their sound is resonant and focused yielding crisp articulation, and their response is incredible in the difficult “off string” bowings because of the sticks fast vibration propensity.

Professor Jamie Laredo of Indiana University

Early purchasers of this new model are great masters of the violin, namely: professors Jaime Laredo and Mimi Zweig at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, and professor Eduard Melkus retired after many years on the faculty of the famous academy for music in Vienna.

New frog design

Berg Bows announces a new frog design by Michael F. Duff. They will be available in ebony wood and snakewood, mounted with silver or gold. See the colored digital photos of them, one silver version and two gold versions. They are offered only on the new model Berg violin bow which is referred to as a TOURTE-VOIRIN model. It will be reviewed in the 'LATEST NEWS' on the Berg Bows web site soon.

For your information a salient characteristic of a TOURTE bow is its lighter weight, usually under 58 grams. I now emulate this with the new model Berg violin bows. Further, the renowned virtuoso Corey Cerovsek kindly made it possible for me to measure many parameters of a fine VOIRIN bow which he favors. Those features are also incorporated into the new model Berg violin bow, hence I refer to it as a TOURTE-VOIRIN model. This does not mean that it has the head profile of a TOURTE or VOIRIN bow.

Early reviews of the new Berg violin bow read like this; "I love my earlier Berg gold fleur-de-lis bow but these two new ones are extraordinary" and "I absolutely love the new bow, my second purchase from you, It has fantastic flexible control and all bow strokes are easier to execute and more brilliant".

Frog Ebony Gold Profile Frog Ebony Gold Side
Frog Ebony Gold Frog Ebony Gold
Frog Snakewood Gold Profile Frog Snakewood Gold Side
Frog Snakewood Gold Frog Snakewood Gold
Frog Snakewood Silver Profile Frog Snakewood Silver Side
Frog Sankewood Silver Frog Snakewood Silver

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