Voirin is one of the big names, unrivalled for the beauty and exactness of his work. Here we have an unusually well preserved example of this great maker’s work – it’s also a terrific player with ideal weight and balance.
FN Voirin is finally emerging as one of the great talents, and his bows are increasingly sought after. It’s fair to say that many are too light and nervy for today’s philosophy of violin-playing, in which every violinist must be Zuckerman on steroids. But examples such as this, made with dense wood and weighing nearly 60 grams, are amongst the best playing bows you can find.
The stick is of octagonal section speckled orange-brown pernamucho, mounts are silver and ebony. The condition is exceptional – no cracks or damages of any kind apart from the slightest of marks on the player’s side of the head.
With Voirin it’s all about the sound – his best bows have a unique combination of purity and richness that’s hard to beat. It seems to be very difficult to achieve significant output in the very high frequency range without introducing something metallic or coarse, but Voirin succeeds where so many others fail. This gives his bows a special kind of articulacy, a capacity for sculpting or directing the sound that’s hard to live without once you’ve felt it.
This bow has this quality in spades.
The balance is ideal, and the stick is positive and highly responsive, neither hard nor soft.
It’s very rare to find a Voirin in this kind of condition – it’s obviously been used so I can’t describe it as mint, but it’s emphatically an investment grade bow. For me it ticks all the boxes.
Dimensions: weight 59.8 grams, length 74.5cm
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