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Please tell me about Seifert bows

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Can anyone tell me about Seifert bows? It looks like there is a W. Seifert, a L. Seifert, and a P. Seifert. Are these guys all from the same family?

When and where were these guys from? I understand that their bows are quite good and expensive. Does anyone play a Seifert?

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8 hours ago, Kinma Jinti said:

Can anyone tell me about Seifert bows? It looks like there is a W. Seifert, a L. Seifert, and a P. Seifert. Are these guys all from the same family?

When and where were these guys from? I understand that their bows are quite good and expensive. Does anyone play a Seifert?

I have a vintage W. Seifert.  It's a very decent Pernambuco bow, and I use it a lot.  You can find out about the Seiferts and their shop at the site that Martin linked.  Here's a link to an earlier thread on Seifert bows, https://maestronet.com/forum/index.php?/topic/27209-please-tell-me-about-seifert-bows/

 

One note, all authentic Seiferts which I have seen have "GERMANY" stamped on the stick bottom facet between the mortise and the button, so that all or part of it shows from underneath the frog. :)

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On 8/14/2019 at 6:06 AM, Violadamore said:

I have a vintage W. Seifert.  It's a very decent Pernambuco bow, and I use it a lot.  You can find out about the Seiferts and their shop at the site that Martin linked.  Here's a link to an earlier thread on Seifert bows, https://maestronet.com/forum/index.php?/topic/27209-please-tell-me-about-seifert-bows/

 

One note, all authentic Seiferts which I have seen have "GERMANY" stamped on the stick bottom facet between the mortise and the button, so that all or part of it shows from underneath the frog. :)

So any idea about a bow with the "GERMANY" stamped exactly as you describe.... but no other markings?

[round stick, leather wrapping, nickel mounted frog]

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45 minutes ago, Michael Jennings said:

So any idea about a bow with the "GERMANY" stamped exactly as you describe.... but no other markings?

[round stick, leather wrapping, nickel mounted frog]

 

I noted this detail because fake Seiferts are being sold which lack the "GERMANY" (and have a few other shortcomings).

Bows such as you describe have (so I have read) been sold by the Seifert shop to other firms in Bubenreuth, and I wouldn't be surprised if some other bowmakers there have similar stamps as well.  You'd have to ask someone who's a real bow expert, but I strongly suspect that the "GERMANY" stamp is peculiar to Bubenreuth.  :)

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I would expect any bow stamped "GERMANY" to have been produced specifically for the US or UK market.

My W. Seifert  viola bow has no other stamped identification than "W SEIFERT"

 

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I’ve owned lots of W. Seifert bows and actually have one now, which came with a cello I bought. Older ones are better in my experience and I’ve had a couple that I’d be happy performing with.

“W” are workshop bows, usually nickel. You can get them now but I wouldn’t.

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