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French Tradition

American Made

French Tradition. American Made.

Salchow & Sons is a traditional, full-service workshop because only a craftsman's insight can provide the best care and maintenance for your bows. Our shop is the largest of its kind, dedicated solely to the hand-made tradition of French bowmaking since 1960.

"I always make a point of stopping by Salchow’s whenever I’m in New York. They offer the best selection of bows around, impeccable repairs, and wonderful employees I look forward to seeing each time. I’ve purchased two bows from them in recent years and have had nothing but the most positive of experiences..."
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Helen Kim
Associate Principal Second Violin of the San Francisco Symphony
"I have been going to Salchow & Sons for over eight years. I first went for their great bow rehairs, then repairs, and ultimately wound up buying and selling bows with their help. (I love the bow Isaac found for me so much!) I will continue taking my business to Salchow & Sons because..."
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Matthew Lipman
Concert Violist
"If you are looking for a calm, warm and friendly atmosphere, not only for you, but for your bows, go to Salchow & Sons, and success is 100% guaranteed! For the last 30 years, whenever I visit New York City, I always stop by Salchow & Son - not just for my bows..."
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Yuri Gandelsman
Viola Professor of Michigan State University
"The relationship between a string player and their bow is paramount. For every bow I use on stage, I make sure that Issac has seen and worked on the bow to ensure that I am getting its ultimate performance. Alongside his excellent craftsmanship, Issac's knowledge and expertise of bows is second to none..."
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Jeffrey Myers
The Calidore String Quartet
"I have known Isaac Salchow for over 20 years, starting from the time I was a student. One could say that my friendship with Isaac has directly informed my musical journey. It is through my numerous visits..."
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Nina Lee
Cellist of the Brentano String Quartet, Quartet in Residence at the Yale School of Music
“I have been very happy and fortunate to have a close association with Salchow and Sons for over 45 years! From my early time in NYC as a student through years of living five minutes from Bill Salchow in Westchester and still now as I visit the beautiful shop in the city, I know my bows have always been in the best of hands... ”
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Ani Kavafian
Violinist and Professor, Yale University
"I trust the expertise of Salchow and Sons when considering the purchase of a bow or any repairs..."
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Jennifer Koh
Concert Violinist
"I’ve known Isaac Salchow and his team for many years, and continue to entrust my valuable bows in their care. At the root of their trustworthy dealership and repair work is a rare combination of remarkable expertise with an undying passion, curiosity, and respect for their own craft, as well as for the countless bows that come through their shop..."
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Karen Gomyo
Concert Violinist
"I truly look forward to visiting Salchow's for any occasion! It's one of the great joys of the NY music scene and of course it's likely you meet any number of heroic musicians depending on when you show up! It's a shop that feels like a throwback to a different time, but of course, they are on the cutting edge of knowledge and technology in the field..."
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Eric Jacobsen
Cellist, Artistic Director of The Knights, Music Director of Orlando Philharmonic
"Salchow and Sons is simply the best there is when it comes to bows. Everything from appraisals to rehairs is handled with care and great expertise. The staff is passionate and knowledgeable, and they have empathy for clients every step of the way..."
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Zlatomir Fung
Concert Cellist


Sound production begins with the interaction between the bow hair and the string.

Because the hair itself is such an important component, we spend considerable time seeking hair providers and testing their product to ensure only the highest quality and freshest hair comes into the shop.

Violin, Viola, Cello - $90
Bass - $100

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The craftsmen at Salchows have knowledge and experience in every aspect of bow repair and restoration

We choose only the finest quality materials in all of the work we do and strive to restore your bow to as close to its original state as possible. We do a full range of work, from replacing windings and grips, to more complex work such as optimizing camber, crafting new tips, and repairing broken sticks.

We are also often asked to craft replacement frogs for bows with tortoiseshell or ivory frogs and historically important bows that are used by players. It is because we see and handle so many of the world’s finest bows and have a legacy of bench experience that we are uniquely qualified to perform these restorations.

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