Emmanuel Begin bows

Posted on | January 3, 2012 | 18 Comments|

When customers are trying different instruments in our shop, they often take out their own bow to use.  It makes sense for customers to use a bow they know well when trying to choose a violin. But my heart sinks if their bow is a very poor quality stick or missing half of it’s hair and in rough shape!

A good quality well made bow makes such a difference to the sound of a good instrument.  Now I always have a selection of new and old bows for players to use when choosing an instrument and we sell the bows as well.  Many of our clients already have a few fine bows tucked in their cases. While other musicians are looking for a bow to compliment their new instrument from us.

In the last few months we’ve sold several bows by bow maker Emmanuel Begin. Emmanuel is the son of Montreal bow maker Louis Begin. After working with his father, Emmanuel continued his training in France with Yannick Le Canu and has now returned to Montreal. Both professional players and students have enjoyed the beautiful sound they can produce and how well they feel to play.  Violinist Mark Fewer talks about his new Emmanuel Begin bow purchased through us in this interview on violinist.com (link)


Emmanuel Begin’s silver mounted bows are priced at $4800.

Update:  Emmanuel Begin won 3 gold medals (for violin bow, viola bow & cello bow) at the 2016 VSA International Violin and Bow Making Competition in Cleveland, USA.



18 Responses to “Emmanuel Begin bows”

  1. Aaron
    March 8th, 2013 @ 10:55 am

    I am wondering where I could find a good cello bow by Emmanuel Begin. I am looking for great playing characteristics. Thanks for your help.

  2. admin
    March 9th, 2013 @ 6:00 am

    Hello Aaron,
    We have three cello bows by Emmanuel Begin available now. If you’re interested to try them you could make an appointment to visit our shop. Or we could ship the bows to you to try for a couple of weeks. Just give us a call and we can set something up.
    Thank you,

  3. Audrey
    January 2nd, 2014 @ 7:56 pm


    Do you have any violin bows by Mr. Begin.


  4. admin
    January 3rd, 2014 @ 5:50 am

    Hello Audrey,
    Yes, we have one of Mr.Begin’s violin bows available now. And I’ll be expecting another one to arrive fairly soon too. We also have a selection of bows (new and antique) from other bow makers as well, which I can show you too.
    Kind regards,

  5. Eileen Min-joo Kim
    November 15th, 2014 @ 8:13 pm

    I would like to buy Emmanuel’s the first quality cello bow(Round / Gold/ 4/4)
    Do you have stock?
    Can you shipped to South Korea?
    How much is shipping coast.
    I will wating fot reply.
    Thank you.

  6. Paul Wichlinski
    November 18th, 2014 @ 9:05 am

    Hi ,
    Could you tell me where i can purchase in Canada ,a second level Begin violin bow?
    Victoria, BC

  7. admin
    November 18th, 2014 @ 9:14 am

    Hello Paul – I’m expecting Emmanuel to send a second level violin bow to me in the next few weeks. At the moment I have two upper level violin bows from him, priced at $4000 each. I can contact you when the other bow arrives. Guy

  8. O. H
    January 12th, 2015 @ 1:58 pm

    Hello Guy,

    Interested in the upper level Begin violin bow.
    Please send pe details and pictures of the 2 bows.

    Thank You

  9. admin
    January 13th, 2015 @ 6:33 am

    Please send me an email and then I can show you some bows. Thank you!!

  10. ryan
    January 27th, 2015 @ 3:21 pm

    Hi I am interested to know more about the difference between the types of cello bows offered by Mr Begin. would it be possible to send me photos?

  11. Jan
    February 5th, 2015 @ 9:02 am

    Hello Guy,

    Do you sell golden mounted violin bows by Emmanuel Begin and what is the price?

    Thank you,



  12. Han
    August 21st, 2015 @ 4:14 pm

    Hi Guy,

    Do you still have Emmanuel Begin’s violin bow? What are the prices for 2 levels? Can you send me some pictures?

    Thank you,


  13. admin
    August 21st, 2015 @ 5:00 pm

    The upper level are $4000 and his second level are $2000. At the moment I only have his upper level bows in the workshop, as well as other bows available. I’ll contact you via email and we can set up a time for you to try them if you like!

  14. Min Shih
    November 8th, 2015 @ 3:25 am

    Hi Mr. Harrison,

    Do you still carry Mr. Begin’s new bows? How much are they now? Thanks.

    Min Shih

  15. admin
    November 8th, 2015 @ 4:03 am

    Yes, we have violin, viola and cello bows from Emmanuel Begin! There are two levels of bows- one at $2000 and his best quality at $4000.

  16. Min Shih
    November 9th, 2015 @ 2:51 am

    Are these Canadian dollars or US dollars? Also, could you let me know what violin bow collection do you have now for $2000? How heavy are they? Could you elaborate a little bit? You can also send the information to me through e-mail if that is more appropriate. Really appreciate.

    Min Shih

  17. Retha Coetzee
    January 6th, 2017 @ 11:10 am

    I am looking for 2 cello bows of Emmanuel Bégin.
    Please let me know where I can find it.
    So much appreciated.

  18. admin
    January 6th, 2017 @ 3:21 pm

    Hello Retha- I have at least one cello bow available! I’ll email you with the details.

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    Guy Harrison Violin Maker
    792 Gladstone Avenue
    Ottawa, Ontario
    K1R 6X9
    Tel: 613 569 4803

    1997 Silver medal for viola in the Mittenwald International Violin Making Competition, Germany.

    2010 Bronze medal for violin in the Mittenwald International Violin Making Competition, Germany.

    2014 Workmanship award for violin in the Mittenwald International Violin Making Competition, Germany.

    2016 Silver Workmanship medal for cello in the VSA Violin Making Competition, USA.

    Member of the American Federation of Violin & Bow Makers and Violin Society of America.

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