This is a beautifully preserved Hill bow from 1939 with outstanding tone and playability.
Here we have another “WE Hill & Son” branded bow. The stick was made by Sydney Yeoman, the frog by Arthur Barnes, and the date of manufacture is stamped under the frog.
The stick is of round section deep red brown pernambuco, mounts are silver and ebony. As always the face is silver, and in this case the frog has an underslide – many Hills have wood to wood mounts.
The condition is exceptional, no issues to report.
This is a great Hill, with a fat and creamy tone yet still edgy and precise. I know I say it too often, but the real test of a good bow is that it disappears in the hand – if you’re thinking about the bow then there’s something wrong! And this bow is immediately comfortable and resourceful – I don’t suppose it will change your life, but it will induce a certain relaxation and take a lot of the stress out of playing! I have subjected it to my various little tests for controlled staccato and smooth legato and it just sails through and asks “what’s so difficult about that?”.
No-one really raves about Hills but they should – of course there are lower grade Hills that aren’t up to much, but a good one such as this is hard to improve on …