It’s strange to think that German bow-makers have never exercised the imagination of musicians in the way that French makers do. This must be because of the phenomenal volume of cheap bows produced by the Markneukirchen trade. And yet the higher end of German making has always been equal to France, and Gotthard Schuster is a perfect example. Inspired by Tourte, but with a German maker’s attention to detail and consistency, his work is beginning to command the respect it deserves.
This bow is in near perfect condition. The stick is of octagonal section red-brown pernambuco, mounts are of ebony and silver with an unusually decorative pearl slide.
This is a terrific bow for the price – crisp and easy to control with a big bold sound. It’s a great all-rounder, with an easy legato, a nicely cushioned off the string action, and plenty of attack. There’s a bit of an edge to the sound, and it would be a great bow to liven up a slightly dull sounding violin.
Dimensions: Length 74.2cm, weight 60.5 grams
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