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In spite of its length this is a supremely elegant bow, with a compact and graceful head and a finely worked stick in very dense wood. The stick is round section brown pernambuco, mounts are silver and ebony. The frog has a rounded heel, quite a rarity for this maker, and the adjuster has a scored mark in the collar, typical of the early period.
The condition is excellent – a bit of wear to the thumb projection, one small nibble to the head on the player’s side, that’s it.
This bow was almost certainly made to order of a player of larger stature, and we know of only one other Sartory of this length. But while playing you are hardly aware of this – in fact the balance of this bow and its combination of liveliness and power stand out as special, even for Sartory. It has a steely energy which is generally a feature of the earlier bows – lots of feedback in the fingers, and a real sense of connection with the strings. The tone is bright and articulate, well rounded yet pure. The spring is very responsive, resistant but not stiff. All in all this is a very accomplished piece of work – not for everyone, but absolutely perfect for someone!
Dimensions: length 75.4cm, weight 63 grams
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