Etienne Pajeot is one of the great early French makers, and his bows are highly sought after for their excellent technical qualities. A fine Pajeot is eminently suitable for modern technique, though the strength of the sticks makes them particularly suitable for soloists.
This is a relatively early Pajeot which bears all the traits of his first period. The head is more conventional and Tourte inspired than his later style, the frog has an extended thumb projection and rather small ferrule, there is no underslide or heel plate, and the stick is of octagonal section. It’s quite rare to see an early model in such great condition, and of an eminently usable length.
There are no issues to report – the stick is perfectly straight and the camber is as good as the day it was made.
Like all the good Pajeots, this is a beast of a bow. It has unlimited reserves of power, yet it’s very easy to get off the string, and it doesn’t feel in any way brutal. The sound is clear and projecting with lots of high end – very rounded and not gritty at all. If you don’t quite have the cash for a Tourte but you’re looking for one of those mythical early French sticks, this is the one.
Length 74.3cm weight 61 grams
Certificate: JF Raffin, Paris 2013
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