The Bazin family were one of the most important dynasties in French bow-making. Although their workshop output was massive (and massively inconsistent), the best work from Charles Nicholas Bazin and Louis Bazin is right up there.
Many regard Louis Bazin (1881-1953) as the best maker in the family, and this particular bow is a splendid example. The stick is round section, of beautifully flamed red-brown pernambuco – the mounts are of silver and ivory. The condition of the bow is excellent – a few dings and scratches, but no repairs or noteworthy damage.
This is a tremendous French bow – not only scoring high for bling but also a great player. The wood is superb, and the stick manages strength and sensitivity while remaining elegantly skinny. The spring is stiff and taut but still nervy, the sound is big and broad – on and off the string this bow just sails through it. The sound is a little diffuse or “friendly” compared to a good Voirin, but otherwise the experience is very similar – precise, controlled, yet exciting.
Dimensions: Length 74.6 cm, weight 61 grams
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