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Viola bow by Roderich Paesold

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Viola Bow by Roderich Paesold, Bubenreuth

Born in 1891 in the Bohemian “Musikwinkel“ (music corner) close to the district capital of Eger, Roderich Paesold grew up with musical instruments. His father owned his own string and bow business, and after his apprenticeship, Roderich himself joined the family business.

The family business was established in 1848 by Roderich‘s grandfather, Johann Carl Paesold, who produced strings and traded in musical instruments. It became a flourishing export company at the turn of the century under the trade name “Flügelnell”. Roderich‘s brother Leopold stayed in the family business together with their mother. Roderich later founded his own company (in 1919) which specialized in the manufacture of bows and the export of musical instruments.

In 1939, he travelled to London for business negotiations just as World War II was beginning. Throughout the entire war, Roderich was not allowed to leave the United Kingdom, which later proved to be extremely beneficial.

After the war, he settled in the Bavarian town of Bubenreuth and in 1950 he re-established the family bow making business. Due to his skilled craftsmanship and entrepreneurial initiative, the company gained a reputation which went far beyond Germany‘s borders. Many important bow makers studied or worked at the workshop of Roderich Paesold.

In 1968, the company W. Schreiber & Söhne took over the Paesold company. At that time, Paesold had begun making high quality string instruments which soon became some of the finest on the world market. In 1981, the Paesold company was integrated into the Boosey & Hawkes group. Thanks to worldwide sales distribution, Paesold products became available to leading musicians in all countries. Since December 2004 the traditional Master workshop has been back in family ownership.

Today, Paesold is strengthening its outstanding position in the world market through extensive research and development activities. Paesold products are among the finest in the world.

 

The Masters

There is no mystery about what makes one instru­ment model more expensive than another, if you look closely at the ingredients that go into its construction. Each instrument model Paesold creates involves a carefully thought out and executed set of standards that are both measurable and obvious to the finished work. These key ingredients include varnish, wood quality, and skill level of the craftsman.

Paesold Philosophy Varnish

Master Violinmakers from the Paesold Company have concentrated their efforts in the research of violin varnish. Aided by years of knowledge in the art of violin making, they have through experimen­tation and acoustic research developed new varnishes which are used on Paesold instruments. Paesold masters have also developed varnishing techniques that are used to produce the ”antique” finish found on Paesold’s historic models.

Paesold Philosophy

Wood Quality

Part of the violinmaker’s art involves the ability to judge the acoustic potential of each piece of wood to be used for an instrument. In this step the maker considers such things as density and grain spacing as he grades wood for each model. Each piece of graded wood (A to AAA+) is then left to naturally air dry for the appropriate number of years, the best woods being allowed the longest drying time. Grading of the maple for each model is of particular importance because the wood must not only possess the appropriate physical properties for each model, but the desired amount of figuring. This figuring or flaming is a phenomenon that occurs in a very small percentage of maple, especially with in the intensity that is desired for the finest instruments. Wood worthy of an AAA rating and above is a very rare commodity, especially when you consider the patience and expense involved in allowing it the additional years of drying.

Paesold Philosophy The Masters

There is no mystery about what makes one instru­ment model more expensive than another, if you look closely at the ingredients that go into its construction. Each instrument model Paesold creates involves a carefully thought out and executed set of standards that are both measurable and obvious to the finished work. These key ingredients include varnish, wood quality, and skill level of the craftsman.

Varnish

Master Violinmakers from the Paesold Company have concentrated their efforts in the research of violin varnish. Aided by years of knowledge in the art of violin making, they have through experimen­tation and acoustic research developed new varnishes which are used on Paesold instruments. Paesold masters have also developed varnishing techniques that are used to produce the ”antique” finish found on Paesold’s historic models.

Wood Quality

Part of the violinmaker’s art involves the ability to judge the acoustic potential of each piece of wood to be used for an instrument. In this step the maker considers such things as density and grain spacing as he grades wood for each model. Each piece of graded wood (A to AAA+) is then left to naturally air dry for the appropriate number of years, the best woods being allowed the longest drying time. Grading of the maple for each model is of particular importance because the wood must not only possess the appropriate physical properties for each model, but the desired amount of figuring. This figuring or flaming is a phenomenon that occurs in a very small percentage of maple, especially with in the intensity that is desired for the finest instruments. Wood worthy of an AAA rating and above is a very rare commodity, especially when you consider the patience and expense involved in allowing it the additional years of drying.

Craftsmanship

In the German tradition of apprenticeship training, most of Paesold’s craftsmen have achieved the degree of either Violinmaker or Master Violinmaker. These titles are the achievement of a rigorous training process that takes 4 and 7 years respectively to successfully complete. All work on the student and intermediate models is carefully supervised by these craftsmen, while the professional models are the sole creation of a single Master Violinmaker.

 

The octagonal stick of pernambuco of an orange-brown colour, silver mounted ebony frog inlaid with Parisian eye. Three part silver adjuster inlaid with pearl eye.

Stamped ‘RODERICH PAESOLD ***’ on the shaft and branded with Shield enclosing the letter R on the frog.

  • Weight 72.4 grams

Additional information

Weight 0.28 kg
Dimensions 79 × 4.5 × 4.5 cm

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