Jacob Mitas is a violin bow maker and restorer living in Portland Oregon. Mitas' interest in bow-making began at Bard College while studying viola and writing a thesis on the evolution of bowed instruments. After graduating in 1999, Mitas worked at David Kerr's violin shop in Portland OR. It was there that he met bow-maker Michael Yeats and began an ongoing mentorship. Since completing his first bow in 2004, Mitas has worked in rare violin shops in New York, Philadelphia and Taipei, restoring rare and valuable bows and violins.
Now that he has moved back to his hometown of Portland, Mitas focuses his energy on crafting bows inspired by his hands-on study of the great, early French makers. His bows are currently played by a wide array of musicians including students, teachers, fiddlers, concert masters and internationally renowned soloists.
I have received probably a dozen rehairs from Jacob and they were always excellent. I enjoyed his work so much that my only modern bow is made by Jacob himself!
Noah Geller, Concert Master, Kansas City Orchestra
This guy is one of the best bow guys around. He's worked for some of the top violin shops in the country, Christophe Landon, Rare Violins of New York, and Fred Oster's in Philadelphia. Great maker, repair work and the BEST rehairs. Top quality hair. I've been getting my rehairs from him for the last 10 years! He has worked on bows belonging to Juilliard and Curtis players, the NY Philharmonic, the MET Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the top soloists. He is incredible!
Clinton Dewing, Violinist, Jacksonville Symphony
There’s some kinda voodoo that happens when a fiddle meets the right bow- you can feel it immediately as your instrument comes alive in ways you never thought possible. I went to visit Jacob for some bridge work and my fiddle found it’s soulmate in a Mitas bow that was laying on the counter. After 20+ years, my search has ended. Thanks Jacob!
Joel Savoy, GRAMMY Winner and 10 time GRAMMY Nominee, Artistic Director of The Festival of American Fiddle Tunes
Jacob designed a custom bow to my specs--it's been my go-to bow the past 5 years and by now it's been all around the world. I love my Jacob Mitas fiddle bow!
Ketch Secor, Old Crow Medicine Show
Your bow draws a clear, bright sound, and is so even and responsive. I also have a Maline, but it is slow to respond and a bit hard to control at the frog, so I am playing with your bow all the time now.
Leslie Shank, Violinist & Violist, Soloist & Professor, Minneapolis MN
Having already been familiar with Jacob Mitas' meticulous craftsmanship we knew his work would meet the highest of standards. He has a genuine interest in working with musicians to fulfill their individual needs. The bow he made for us was precise to our specifications and exceeded our expectations.
John Vaida, Professor of Violin at Wilkes University