Bazin is one of the best known names in French bow-making. Like Morizot, the work of the earlier members of the family has been slightly devalued by the later workshop production, but Louis Bazin is a superb maker who is finally getting the recognition he deserves.
This is a real player’s bow – a bit tatty, inexpensive, yet drawing a fabulous sound. The stick is of beautifully flamed round section pernambuco with a characteristically flat and upright head. Louis Bazin made a habit of using very fine wood, and perhaps this is why his bows work so well. This late example has had a good deal of use, and there’s a bit of wear to the upper top half of the stick. The adjuster is of the period but not original. Otherwise the condition is very good.
Although it’s not really in my interests to say so, this bow would stand up against many a Sartory. It has a strong but highly responsive stick, the tone is big but clear and focused, and the balance is ideal – it packs quite a punch, but it doesn’t feel heavy or sluggish. So if you’re struggling to squeeze a bit more tone or volume out of your violin, this bow might be what you’re looking for …
Dimensions: 74.4cm, weight 62.3 grams
Certificate: Raffin/Le Canu/Bigot Paris 2015
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