Bow Type: Baroque Cello/Gamba Bow
Item #: xxx-581
Maker: Ralph Ashmead
Description: Ralph grew up working with wood and after studying classical guitar in college, he explored fine furniture making. In the late seventies he combined his skills in music and woodworking and studied instrument-making. Here, he was encouraged by a local Viola da Gamba teacher, Margaret Panofsky to make some bows for her students. Ralph soon realized that bow making fit his personality and skills. Ralph was able to interact and do business with groups like the English Concert, Academy of Ancient Music, Orchestra of the 18th Century, and soloists like Jaap Schroeder and Stanley Ritchie. Articles and photos of Ralph’s work have been published in several newspapers, the cover of the 1987 Fine Wood Working Design Book, the cover of the October, 1993 Strad Magazine, and the the January, 1997 Strings Magazine. Ralph has attended trade fairs, exhibitions and early music conclaves all over the U.S. and Europe, including Boston, Paris and Berlin. In 1996, Ralph was honored to be invited by Seiji Ozawa to bring a selection of bows to Matsumoto, Japan for rehearsals by the Saito Kinen Festival Orchestra for their upcoming concerts and recordings of Bach and Mozart.
This particular bow is in excellent condition. The stick is made of ironwood and the frog and button are made of mammoth. Weight: 78.5 grams.
Terms: This fine bow has been hand selected for addition to our catalog and is available for examination and trial. If you wish to inquire further about this bow, please contact us using the green button at the top of this listing or call 1-818-762-1374 during business hours.