Robert Ames was associated with the atelier of William Salchow, in New York City rising to the position of shop foreman. While with Mr. Salchow, he produced approximately 200 bows. He also received thorough training in the repair and restoration of fine bows, as he studied the finest examples of French, English, and German bowmakers. He left his position as shop foreman to establish his own business in 1978.
Mr. Ames is the sole proprietor of Robert Ames, Fine Violins and Bows, LLC, located in Fort Lee, NJ, just across from Manhattan. He has won honors at the International Violin and Bow Competition in Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, in 1980, and at Salt Lake City, Utah, in 1982. He continues to be active in bowmaking, fine repair and restoration, and sales of rare bows and instruments. Whether it is the sale of a Stradivari or Tourte, of matching a student on a budget with the best economic and musical value, Mr. Ames is devotedly passionate.
He enjoys membership in the three top international organizations in the field of violin and bow making; The American Federation of Violin and Bow Makers, Entente Internationale des Luthiers et Archetiers, and the Violin Society of America.