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Arcos Gonzalez, the workshop of Francisco Gonzalez, specializes in the construction, restoration, rehairing and repair of all kinds of stringed instrument bows. We sell our own crafted bows, along with antique, baroque and student bows, suitable for every need and every budget. We also set up violoncellos (bridges, body and fingerboards) and sell a wide range of instruments, whether they be for the student, the professional or to suit some other customized need.

With a wealth of experience and knowledge, Arcos Gonzalez also does evaluations and insurance of instruments and bows. Francisco Gonzalez is the principal bow-maker – qualified and specialized. Founded in Spain in 1983, the Arcos Gonzalez workshop is located a few meters from the Teatro Real (Royal Theatre).

Arcos Gonzalez quality represents the best of the Cremona tradition – Cremona (Italy) being where the principal bow-maker obtained his diploma, apprenticed with Maestro Giovanni Lucchi and where he earned his Higher Diploma in Violoncello. These two facts serve to give Francisco Gonzalez a great deal of care, sensitivity and knowledge which he brings to the issues of sound production, applicable to both the bow and the rest of the instrument. Our workshop has to its credit numerous prizes and awards as testament to the excellence of our work.

In 2002, Francisco Gonzalez was called to join the prestigious and exclusive ENTENTE INTERNATIONALE DES MAITRES LUTHIERS ET ARCHETIERS D’ART (International Association of Master Luthiers and Bow Maker), a professional association comprised of the best luthiers in the world.

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