If you asked me to name one make of bow that I would buy without even trying it, I would say “HR Pfretzschner pre-1940”. There are very few makers who have produced such consistently elegant and usable sticks.
This is an absolutely typical example of HR Pfretzschner’s production between WW1 and WW2 – it’s a fine silver-mounted example with an octagonal section stick of orange-brown pernambuco with an arresting flame. The condition is pretty much mint.
What a bow!
I’m not going to write a big essay … weight is perfect, balance perfect, spring perfect, the tone big and bright but refined. Off the string, on the string, everything is easy – the bow feels comfortable and controllable but you can really throw it around. A faultless example of German bow-making at its best, and still ridiculously undervalued. It would put a good few Sartorys to shame …
Length 74.3cm, weight 59 grams
Certificate: H Pfretzschner, Markneukirchen 2005
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