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Beckley Violin Bows

Steven Beckley is a maker of violin bows and bows for stringed instruments. He has been a bow maker since 1981 and has been a member of the American Federation of Violin and Bow Makers since 1989. His bows are being used by musicians around the world.

Steven Beckley has chosen the French bows from the first half of the 1800's for his inspiration. Makers such as Tourte, Peccette, and Pajoet being among the names that he has studied and been greatly inspired by. Along with the profile of the head and the sculpting of the frog, it is also the sound that these bows bring out of an instrument, that calls him. Through the careful selection of wood, to the detailed attention to graduations and cambering, he gives the bow a sensitivity on the strings that allows the player to achieve subtleties of tone, that many players find missing with the heavier stiffer “work horse” bows of the 20th century. While some of his clients are gifted students, up grading to a top quality hand made bow, many others are professionals that have, or have had, fine examples of old French bows and understand the subtle tonal qualities that these bows allow, and find these same qualities in the bows of Steven Beckley. Take the challenge and try the bows of Steven Beckley, side by side with the bows of the great makers of the 19th century, and judge for yourself.

PO Box 263
Little River, CA 95456
Phone: 707-937-0570
Toll-free: 866-834-0425