Roger Gérome was primarily a dealer in accessories and tonewood, but he developed a very successful relationship with various Mirecourt bow-makers and sold their bows under his own stamp or “Gérome-Devoivre”. This is a lovely example with fine detailing and excellent wood.
Although Gérome’s best known collaborator was Georges Barjonntet, this bow looks more like a fine Morizot to me. The stick is of octagonal section mid-brown pernambuco with a nice flame, mounts are silver and ebony. The frog has a rounded heel. The bow is in excellent condition, barring a few nibbles and modest signs of use.
This is a great bow for the price, strong and meaty without sacrificing subtlety. If you were to slide it in amongst a few Fétiques and Thomassins (maybe even Sartorys) I don’t think anyone would notice …
It has a solid response all along the stick, it sits very comfortably in the strings for legato work, but it’s also crisp and controllable off the string. It seems to do everything very well, and would work for any genre. I can’t point to anything extraordinary about it, but the greatest quality a bow can have is that there’s nothing wrong with it!
In other words, a great all rounder and eminently affordable too …
Dimensions: length 74.5cm, weight 61.1 grams
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