This is a very fine Peccatte model viola bow made by Michael Taylor for Ealing Strings. The property of a professional player, it’s in excellent condition and draws a big sound.

I’m a big fan of Michael Taylor’s bows – I always like them, and this one is very typical. It bears the serial number 1704 under the frog, and according to Michael this dates it to around 1989. Under the leather it will be stamped Michael J Taylor on the player’s side and Ealing Strings on the audience side. It’s a very attractive bow, with fine red pernambuco in round section and gold and ebony mounts. The condition is near perfect, with one very careful owner who bought it new from Ealing Strings.

As with all Michael’s bows, this is a strong and robust bow which remains nimble and communicative. The weight and balance seem pretty ideal to me, and it’s a great all-rounder – plenty of bite for getting some noise out of the C string, lively and controllable staccato, easy firm legato, a bright clean sound and a reassuring heft in the hand.

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