This is a very good silver-mounted Mirecourt bow stamped Leon Bernardel Paris – it’s in excellent condition and plays beautifully.

Although Léon Bernardel made a few great violins early in his career, the Léon Bernardel brand was owned by the Cousenon firm and used on thousands of Mirecourt trade violins of varying quality, and on their range of bows. Most likely this bow was supplied to Cousenon by the Laberte workshops – it’s typical Mirecourt work of good quality.

The stick is of round section orange pernambuco with a n attractive flame, mounts are silver and ebony.

The condition is very good – no issues to report other than a couple of small dents in the stick towards the head.

This is a great playing bow with a stiff but lively stick drawing a big and colourful sound. If you’re after a delicate bow then look away now, but if you need something that packs a bit of a punch, perhaps for traditional repertoire or to beef up a plain-sounding violin, this could be the bow for you. Imperturbable legato, excellent attack, bold and brash … a big sound in a controllable package, and a great bow for the price.

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