Ken Altman

Bow Maker

Finely crafted bows for violin, viola, cello and bass.

Bows may be tried on an approval basis.  Let me know what sort of a bow you are playing now, and/or the type bow that you are looking for, and I will send a few bows that I think will fill your needs.  You may try the bows for up to a week.

A deposit of $250.00 is required before any bows will be sent.  This deposit will be applied toward the purchase price of a bow, or will be refunded if you choose not to buy one.   Alternately, you may provide me with a credit card account number, VISA, MasterCard or Discover, which will be used to "authorize" the purchase price of one bow.  ("Authorizing" a specific dollar amount to a credit card account places a hold on this amount against the card holder's available credit line.  There is no actual charge made to the account.  The hold disappears after a period of eight days.)

Please give me a call or let me know by mail if you choose the credit card option.  (DO NOT send your credit card number via E-mail: This is not a secure site.)

I will pay the costs of shipping the bows to you, as well as return shipping charges if you purchase a bow.  If you do not purchase a bow, return shipping costs will be your responsibility.  This generally runs about $30.00 to $50.00 for postage and insurance.

Due to the ever increasing complexity and restrictions of customs regualtions, I am not currently shipping bows overseas.


Sterling Silver mounted ebony frog w/Parisian eye, divided button, pernambuco stick, silver or whalebone grip:

                 Violin                                              $3,400.00
                 Viola                                               $3,500.00
                 Cello                                               $3,600.00
                 Bass French or German model          $3,750.00

18-karat gold mounted ebony frog w/Parisian eye, divided button, pernambuco stick, whalebone or
silk thread & gold tinsel grip:

                Violin                                               Due to the volitile nature of today's precious metals market,
                Viola                                                you will have to contact me for a quote if you are interested
                Cello                                                in a gold mounted bow.
                Bass, French or German model          

Please contact me for further details, or if you have any questions or comments.

Ken Altman 2013