The Lamys, father and son, are for practical purposes the same maker. They worked closely together and used the same model, a rather more robust variant of Voirin. They always chose to remain independent, rather than work for the big firms like Gand & Bernardel or Caressa & Français. In the work of the son we see a gradual move towards power and robustness in the sticks, a bit more length on the frog and a slightly longer head.
This bow has an octagonal section stick of dark cherry-red pernambuco – mounts are silver and ebony.
The condition is excellent – there’s no damage to the stick, and the finish is very well preserved. However, the ebony of the adjuster has a small split, and there’s a tiny bit of fraying to the top edge of the frog on the player’s side.
Characteristically this bow balances slightly towards the head, giving it a heft which you wouldn’t expect for the weight. The stick is very responsive, medium hard, and with a nervy but controllable spring. The sound is beautiful, with a particular crystalline brightness or shimmer which draws in the listener, very typical of this maker.
Dimensions: weight 58.7 grams, length 74.6cm
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