Howard Green is a bow maker of exceptional ability, with an understanding of what is required both tonally and technically by violinists of all levels. An important maker whom I recommend without reservation.Rodney Friend Former Concert Master,New York Philharmonic. Former Concert Master,New York Philharmonic Professor Royal College Of Music
I like Howard Green’s bows very much. I bought two of them myself and have performed with them. I would not hesitate to recommend them to any serious performers and anyone looking for fine bows.Cho-Liang Lin Juilliard School soloist, Professor of Violin, Shepherd School of Music, Rice University
I have known and played with the violin bows made by Howard Green and consider him to be a maker of exceptional talent.
His bows combine strength and sensitivity and I take pleasure in using them.
I am confident that his work will be of importance in the English SchoolEmanuel Hurwitz C.B.E. FRAM. FRSAMD, FRSA Professor at the Royal Academy of Music 1967 - 1987.
I bought my violin bow from Howard on the recommendation of a friend with whom I play quartets. Most of my playing is chamber music – quartets, piano trios, string quintets etc. The bow is beautifully made, and flows evenly over the string from heel to tip. I find that I am playing with the full length of the bow more than before, and consequently produce a fuller, richer sound. The balance is excellent, and spiccato bowing is easy to control.
My violin was made in Scotland in 1905, so it seems appropriate that it should be played with a bow also made north of the border! I really love this bow, and my only regret is that I didn’t buy one of Howard’s bows years ago!
Thank you so much for making me such a great bow! It is exactly what I was looking for and I love playing with it because I don’t have to fight with it or persuade it to do things, as I did with my previous bow. It’s like going from using a trowel to having a paintbrush, and my only regret is not having got one years ago!Emily MacPherson Freelance Violinist
I recently commissioned a gold-mounted Howard Green violin bow. The bow is a joy to use.Paul Livingstone Student of Angus Ramsay
I was extremely pleased with the bow to say the least. I was almost shocked by the feel of it in my hand. The balance was perfect, and I especially liked the feel and shape of the horn frog. It is much easier to control than my previous bow, and draws a full, rich tone from my violin. I improved over night! It is also beautiful to look at. Once again thanks very much.Chris Abel
Thank you for carving me the most beautiful friend for life. It is far superior to anything I had ever.Cristoff Fourie ’07
Throughout my professional career as a performing cellist, I had the priviledge to own several quality bows, old and new. My new Howard Green Bow is a great pleasure to play and perform with because of the high quality of workmanship, great balance as well as the use of the best materials; the bow is perfect for performance of the most demanding musical works. Many thanks to Mr Howard Green.Moshe Friedman Freelance cello performer, London Cello teacher for Kent Music Academy, Canterbury
I have played with a Howard Green bow since the summer of 2006. The sound is magnificent; it has strength and yet is very flexible. It looks amazing too; beautiful wood and lovely decorated. It improved my playing and makes my violin sing as never before.Marte Straatsma Violinist of Arnhem Philharmonic and Bach Collegium Stuttgart, Former student of Alexander Kerr
After playing just a few sounds it becomes very clear that the bow was made by a talented and thinking string player on a quest to excite, please, and give us fellow string players new possibilities. As you keep playing the bow becomes invisible in the hand, and there is a feeling of direct contact of your fingers with the string. The sound is mellow, full, but also has plenty of bite when needed. They also are beautifully made.Leonid Gorokhov Professor Cello, Royal College of Music, London
Howard Green Has made a bow which works beautifully in a wide range of styles from Jazz to Gypsy, from Celtic to Klezmer!Edward Huws Jones Author of the Boosey & Hawkes Fiddler Series
Thank you for making me such a wonderful viola bow! I am still discovering a range of sounds that I had previously never heard from my viola. In essence, I find that there is much more resonance at all dynamic levels and a perfect balance between strength and suppleness in the handling of the bow.
I am both surprised and delighted by how responsive and versatile the bow is and your attention to detail and fine craftsmanship has been very evident throughout its creation. Once again, a huge thank you!David Vernon Violin & Viola Teacher at Chetham's School of Music
I have recently bought a Howard Green violin bow. It has all the playing qualities we are all looking for, producing an exceptionally clear and beautiful sound. I am so lucky to have found such a fantastic bow.John Taylor Cardiff Philharmonic Orchestra
My Howard Green bow works excellently in all the different types of music that I play. It can cope equally well with a Bruckner Symphony and a Mozart String Quartet. The quality that I most admire is the way that it is possible to forget that the bow is there in your hand leaving you free to concentrate on the music without worrying about whether it will bounce when you want it to and avoid bouncing when you really do not want it to!
It is also a very attractive work of art – the buffalo horn frog is good to look at and functional as well, it does not slip even in hot concert halls.
Since having had my viola and two bows stolen during a recent tour to Germany, I have been on the lookout for suitable replacements. By chance, I was shown a silver mounted bow by Howard Green which I loved straight away – beautifully made with a strong ,firm stick that draws a deep rich sound from the instrument – so much so that I bought it and commissioned Howard to make me one of his speciality bows with gold mountings and a buffalo horn frog, and a matching ‘cello bow for my wife.
This bow has just arrived and I am absolutely thrilled with it! It is stunning to look at, comfortable to hold especially whilst doing pizzicato, and the superbly weighted stick gives it the ability to respond immediately with a clear focused sound, in any part of the bow.
Howard Green is an excellent and dedicated craftsman who understands what players want from a bow and makes considerable effort to achieve each individual’s requirements concerning weight, balance, shape of frog etc. From a playing professional’s point of view, his bows really work – and, considering the superb standard of workmanship, provide excellent value for money!Martin Wallington No 4 Viola, BBC Philharmonic and member of The Oriana String Quartet
I am a lucky owner of one of your bows. It is a gold mounted one, I bought from Guiviers last July. I had been looking for a bow that would suit me for many years, tried all sorts, some exceedingly expensive ones, but none was as good as yours! Thank you, and I wish you all the success and recognition you deserve.Iwona Boesche Violinist
My violin bow by Howard Green conforms largely to the Lamy pattern. It has perfect balance, weight and evenness along the entire bow. It has an exceptional feel of clarity to the player and I am delighted to have such response and quality from a modern bow.Jeremy Isaac Member of Tippett Quartet
My new bow is exactly what I was looking for; very strong, and with a powerful sound. Projection has become much easier, and filling any acoustic requires less effort, so I can concentrate on other aspects of my playing. The bow is also reassuringly stable close to the heel, which means I can do a bit more in that area than used to be possible.Gabriel Dyker 3rd Year Student, Royal College of Music,Studying with Maureen Smith
Congratulations on your latest viola bow. The workmanship is of the highest quality throughout. The wood is flawless with a lovely finish, and the frog excellent with everything cut and fitted beautifully. It produces a rich sound all along the stick, and bounces easily. The bow change is also very even. It is a player’s delight.
Howard Green is an exceptionally fine craftsman. His bows are well balanced, have beautiful heads and are very well finished. More importantly, from a playing point of view, they work!Ivo-Jan van der Werff Professor of viola RCM, Member of Medici String Quartet
Over the past ten years, I have bought in excess of 20 Cello bows from Howard Green. I have kept a number of these for my own use, and have passed on the rest to my students and colleagues.
I consider Howard to be a first rate craftsman with an inquiring mind and a keen eye for detail. He has a fine stock of wood, and as a cellist himself, is always sympathetic to the needs of the performer.
Regarding their playing characteristics, I would say that most of his bows have strength throughout the stick, allow for excellent articulation, and draw a deep sound from the instrument. In addition, his bows are competitively priced, and represent excellent value for money.David Burrowes Principal Cello, English Classical Players, Cellist and Artistic Director, Chamber Academy Ensemble
Once again Howard has made a bow which produces a fantastically rich and even tone. It feels elegant and responsive in the hand, and of course looks sublime. A real pleasure to play on. This brings my collection of Howard Green bows to three!Nicholas Wright Sub principle 1st Violin, London Symphony Orchestra
I am proud to own four bows, made by Howard Green from 1993 to 2000 inclusive, and I have also had the opportunity of trying many more, that were destined for other customers. Whilst differing from each other in detail, all are made of the very finest wood and display the same impeccable craftsmanship.
Every Howard Green bow I have tried makes possible a clear attack at any point along the bow’s length, even at the quietest dynamic level. One particularly fine gold mounted example with buffalo-horn frog, made in January 1998, is my bow of first choice for solo work.
Whereas a typical Howard Green bow has a distinctive feel to it, Howard has also proved himself adept at copying the characteristics of an existing bow, to order, or at replicating specimens of his own earlier work.
In view of his growing reputation, a Howard Green bow is a most desirable investmeBob Norris Freelance Cellist, London
Howard Green bows are highly recommended because they greatly enhance the average players performance. I speak from personal experience.Brian Mack
Howard Green is making bows of extremely high quality. The superb workmanship is complemented by the use of excellent materials, producing a bow that is perfectly balanced and a joy to use.Corin Long Co-Principal Double Bass, Philharmonia Orchestra, Professor of Double Bass, Trinity College of Music
I recently purchased a Howard Green bow. It is a bow of great beauty and craftsmanship which is ideally suited to my career as a soloist and chamber musician, providing a mixture of quality sound and subtlety. I warmly recommend his work.Phillip Dukes Professor of Viola at Trinity College of Music Professor of Viola at Trinity College of Music, Professor of Chamber Music at Wells Cathedral School
I recently purchased a bow of Mr. Green and I can say that I am fully satisfied with his work. He adjusted exactly the features I was looking for and communication with him has been seamless and easy. I recommend his bows without a doubt. They are very well balanced bows and provide a great sound and at the same time are capable of producing all kinds of nuances and of bow strokes suggested by the arm.Enrique Chaves Violin teacher of "Francisco Guerrero" professional conservatory in Seville,Spain
As an amateur, I used a bow akin to a thin branch of a tree for 22 years but for the last 38 years, I have used an Albin Hums recently valued £1400. After talking to Howard on and off for some months, he sent me a bow hot off his bench that he thought was what I required and he was not wrong.
I could never do a 4 octave down bow staccato scale in one bow but could manage that with one up bow. After unwrapping it and a rosin, the first test was a 4 octave scale. The bow did the staccato up and down in one bow with consummate ease. Putting it to the tests told me that tone had a better quality than before, the balance was perfect and because of that, the 63.5 g weight feels like a 52 g bow. In contrast to the 59.5 g Hums, the Hums is very good but the Howard Green is alive and works splendidly. The stick is strong and very flexible. The balance point is exactly where it should be for ease and comfort for the Presto section of Zigeunerweisen and it ‘has more talent’ than me in every department. Trying Chausson’s Poeme, my legato playing is a lot smooher than with the Hums.
Now for the surprise. I have written all of this after using the Howard Green for a little less than 2 hours and I am positive that we will both live happily ever after for the duration. Pity I did not have a bow such as this when I was 11 years old. If I did, Itzhak would have had some stiff competition.Alan Baldwin
As a violinist who spends much time performing in orchestras throughout my state (I live in Montana, in the US, and perform in most of the regional community orchestras), I just wanted to thank you for making such fine bows.
I had been searching for a bow that produces a powerful, rich, authoritative tone coupled with effortless response for several years until I happened to try out a bow that you had made in 2010. I realized within minutes that my search for the perfect bow had ended.
On my first trial run playing with your bow in rehearsal, the conductor turned to me after a loud passage with a look of astonishment. To produce a full, rich tone with commanding authority (critical for my position as section leader of the second violins in one of the orchestras) is now an effortless practice.
Conversely, I feel like I have an infinite degree of emotions that can be expressed through quieter passage work. Response for staccato is superb regardless of the bowing used (even for slurred staccato).
I really cannot find any flaws with this bow and strongly encourage aspiring orchestral violinists and professionals to consider playing on one. Thank you again!Ian Nicklin Bozeman Symphony Bozeman Symphony Principal Violin II
Howard Green’s bows possess the flexibility and versatility of the finest specimen I have come across. They are a joy to play.Ilya Gringolts Professor of violin.Basel Hochschule International Fellow R.S.A.M.D.