SOLD: Robert Ames German Double Bass Bow


Robert Ames German Double Bass Bow – #190

Super smooth and beautifully balanced, this bow made in New York in the 1970’s “play’s like a dream.” It feels wonderfully light and is super fast and articulate.

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Robert Ames German Double Bass Bow – #190

Robert Ames learned his craft in New York City while working with William Salchow and quickly rose in reputation as a master craftsman.  He has won honors at the International Violin and Bow Competition in Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York in 1980, and at Salt Lake City, Utah in 1982.  He continues to be active in bow making as well as fine repair and restoration in Fort Lee, New Jersey.

This particular bow is joyful in your hand and your bass will sing sweet nothings in your ear when played with it.  The craftsmanship is superb and it was clearly made with love.

Details of the Robert Ames German Double Bass Bow:

  • Maker: Robert Ames
  • Style: German
  • Stick: Pernambuco Round to Bevel
  • Frog/Button: Ebony
  • Slide: Mother of Pearl
  • Ferrule: Silver
  • Tip: Mastadon
  • Measurements: Length of Hair- 21 1/2″, Length of Stick- 27″, Overall Length- 29 3/8″, Balance Point- 8 1/4″
  • Weight: 136.9 gms

As with all bows that contain any ivory in the frog or tip, we do not recommend you travel outside the country.  Ivory is a restricted resource.

Purchase Trials are available for a seven-day period on bows priced $1,500 and over. Exceptions for other bows can be made by special request, depending on location, etc. For more information regarding our Purchase Trials, please call us at+1 (860) 535-9399. Bows returned from Purchase Trial subject to a 10% processing fee.

Upton Bass String Instrument Co. specializes in building award-winning custom double basses and offers accessories for the double bass. Upton Bass also services all instruments and bows of the violin family with world class restoration and repair, to view our online restoration portfolio visit

Upton Bass is ready to offer advice and answer any questions regarding double basses or related bass topics. Please contact UB at or call the shop at +1 (860) 535-9399. Hours of operation Tuesday through Saturday 10am – 6pm. The Workshop (The Barn) and showroom are located in Mystic, Connecticut conveniently between Boston and NYC.


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