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.
Pajeot started out making bows according to his father’s model, but around 1825 he developed his own very elegant head shape, which in turn was adopted by his co-workers Maire and Fonclause. This bow is a typical example, with an elongated nose – it also uses the rather dramatic barred pernambuco which we see on so many Pajeots. The stick is round in section, mounts are nickel and ebony with unusually decorative flecked mother of pearl.
This bow dates from a short period when nickel was regarded as the next big thing. By 1840 it was recognized that it didn’t wear as well as silver, but for the first decade of its use we find it on the best quality of bows, and such bows aren’t devalued for being nickel-mounted.
The condition of this bow is excellent – the only issue to report is a bit of a burn mark in the stick towards the head. It’s important to note that the length of this bow is also correct by modern standards – many fine early bows seem too short for modern players.
We currently have two Pajeots, and both are soloist bows of the highest calibre. This example is slightly more subtle but still a complete monster of a bow – very loud, very broad in tone, yet with lightning response. The sad truth is that pernambuco of this quality is simply unobtainable nowadays – it comes from old growth trees, and even in the 1830s only a few sticks of this type could be found in every 100 kilograms of permanbuco. People question why top level players always end up with Peccattes, Pajeots, Milines etc – this is the reason.
Described by Jean-Francois Raffin as a very beautiful specimen, a great bow for a power player looking for the ultimate in sound and playability …
Length 74.4cm, weight 60 grams
Certificate: JF Raffin, Paris 2013
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