Category Archives: Bows

Albert Nurnberger

The Nurnberger family workshop created a great number of high-quality bows throughout the late 19th and 20th centuries. Many of the firms bows are featured in the Tourte model making this style bow a signature of the workshop.

There were various makers of the family who used the family’s brand including Franz Albert Jr., his son Carl Albert, grandson Karl Albert and the great-grandson Christian Albert. While these makers used the firms’ stamp they can be distinguished from one another with great expertise.

They are often described as a bow made by the Nurnberger family/workshop.


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Adolf C. Schuster

Adolf C. Schuster was a bow maker who worked in Markneukirchen around the 1920’s. He lived from 1890-1947. He was a maker of fine bows with silver or gold mounts. He often is known for imitating famous makers of his time such as; Tubbs, Voirin and Tourte.

This bow is stamped “Adolf C. Schuster” the bow is also stamped on the frog.

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E.M. Penzel

This E.M. Penzel viola bow is in fine condition. Hand crafted by master Emil Max Penzel in southwestern Germany. Penzel studied with the famous maker H.R. Pfretzschner in Markneukirchen, Saxony for ten years before opening his own workshop in the Vogtland village of Erlbach. Penzel bows are known for a responsive, powerful sound.

This is a fine example of E.M. Penzels bows. Emil Penzel lived from (1887-1953).

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Francois Nicolas Voirin Bow

F.N. Voirin- Bow maker: 1833-1885 was the cousin of Jean baptiste Vuillaume and his work in the Vuillaume workshop gave him access to most distinguished bow makers of the Peccatte school. But Voirin was largely inspired by the work of Pierre Simon and Vuillaume himself.

Most of the bows coming out of the Vuillaume workshop of the perior, which features an eye with a tiny lens microfilm are by Voirin.

Voirin later left the Vuillaume firm setting up his own workshop where he hired Louis Thomassin to assist him and Joseph Lamy later joined the shop. Both worked along side him until his death in 1885. Voirins bows are among the best and most important in the history of the trade!

I am happy to own one of his bows!!

 Francois Nicolas Voirin Bow  Francois Nicolas Voirin Bow

Good Day, Young Maestro

Fegley's Instruments & Bows

Time has been flying over the past year.  Almost one year ago today I decided to buy Fegley’s Violin Shop.  Although at 25 it came on as no small task, I quickly learned that I have been building up to do this almost my entire life.  As a kid, I was always building things with my hands – whether it was a ramp for my bike or a tree fort that my brothers and I should have never trusted to hold our weight. There was always a constant project to overcome.  So ultimately, I truly felt honored when Margie Fegley approached me about taking over the business.  I knew that it was in my cards at some point; I just didn’t think the opportunity would present itself so early on in my career as a Luthier.

I was terrified if I am being completely honest… Fegley’s has been in the area for over 35 years and I didn’t know if I was really ready or not to take on running my own business. Plus, quite honestly, I liked the freedom in working 40 hours per week and having the ability to sleep in on a Saturday morning if I wanted. Who doesn’t? But I quickly learned it was about much more than that – I realized that I am a “live to work” type and not the other way around.  But I can hardly call what I do “work”.  I love being at my workbench and creating pieces of art that will last well beyond my years.  The only problem is that my art has to produce sound at the end of the day… I pour my blood, sweat and yes sometimes tears into my instruments.

I am a strong believer that some people are just meant to do what they want to do.  And I feel like I am right where I belong: at my workbench with my tools and overly expensive wood. I feel fortunate to have found such a tedious craft that I can apply my personality and attention to detail… A deadly combination in striving to become a young maestro.