Taking in consideration the following points, I believe that in order to get the best sound from the instrument, applying a bowing technique similar to the technique of the viola da gamba in the Bach Cello Suites and the baroque repertoire in particular is something we, cellists, should consider. It has a major impact not only on the sound of the cello but also on the phrasing because of the way of sounding the strings and of the place of the bow.
1. During the baroque period, the same bass line of the continuo was played by bowed bass instruments, no matter their shape.
2. The underhand bow grip was not reserved to the viols. It was of common use among the cellists until the 19th c.
3. Until the middle of the 18th c. , cello methods mention the bowing for the Arpeggios and Batteries : the bass had to be played on the up bow.
4. No matter which instrument, when playing the bass note, the arm was going toward the sound board and the other strings, using the natural weight of the arm.