This is the second bow we have by Hermann Prell, whose main claim to fame was the fact that he worked briefly for Sartory. Here we have a fine silver-mounted example in unblemished condition, and a great all-round player.

Prell is one of a number of German makers who commands respect normally reserved for the French! His style of head shows quite a heavy influence from Sartory, but here the frog owes much more to his German roots.

The stick is of round section orange brown Pernambuco of fine quality, mounts are silver and ebony. There’s some minor marking to the outer ring of the adjuster, and the stick as some small signs of use, but overall the condition is outstanding.

After two bows I’m beginning to identify a “Prell sound”. Like our gold-mounted example, this bow has a slightly fizzy warm sound which is very appealing. It’s quite German in feel, just the right side of “cushioned”, very comfortable and confidence-inspiring in the hand.

Excellent balance, very good détaché, plenty of bite, this is like a good Nürnberger but with a bit more subtlety or pliability.

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