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“Elizabeth Vander Veer Shaak’s beautifully crafted bows heighten articulation
and tone like no others I’ve played. My Shaak bow seems to know what I’m going
to play before I do!”
--Bruce Molsky

Bowmaker Elizabeth Vander Veer Shaak outside her shop at 6665 Germantown Avenue that has a new façade.

Keeping a 300-Year Old Tradition Alive

Delaware Valley’s Best Selection of Modern Bows
Aside from Elizabeth Vander Veer Shaak’s custom-made bows, Mount Airy Violins and Bows highlights the fine works of other modern bowmakers (see Bows For Sale), offers affordable violins (Violins for Sale), discount accessories, and features CDS of local string musicians.

The Bow Maker, Elizabeth Vander Veer Shaak
With almost 20 years of experience and original training in Paris, Brussels and New York, Elizabeth uses precious materials while giving consideration to design, tone and playablility to create a “one-of-a-kind” bow to be enjoyed for generations. She draws on her research of master bow graduations to create bows that have a specific feel from a particular period of time. She enjoys partnering with players when they commission a bow by listening, understanding the player’s approach to the instrument and allowing the player to sculpt his or her sound. Her bows have been enjoyed by a wide variety of musicians: the classical soloist, Christian Tetzloff; the innovative jazz musician, John Blake, and the compelling old time musicians, Bruce Molsky and Rafe Stefanini.

Head of a cello bow made by Elizabeth Vander
Veer Shaak

Frog of a cello bow made by Elizabeth Vander
Veer Shaak

Contact Information:
Mt. Airy Violins & Bows
Elizabeth Vander Veer Shaak, Bowmaker and Proprietor
6665 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19119
E-mail: bowmaker@violinsandbows.us


Click on the link below and get directions to our shop on mapquest. We look forward to meeting
and serving you.

General vicinity; street level (You can input your origination address in the fields under the map.
Desitination address is already entered). Clicking on the zoom levels on the right of the map
will give you different maps of the shop’s location in relation to the Mt. Airy neighborhood,
Mt. Airy/Chestnut Hill, outlining communities and the suburbs.

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