This is a beautifully made viola bow by contemporary French maker Stéphane Muller, bearing the serial number 9589. The wood is outstanding, the condition is very good, and the sound is bold and solistic.

Stéphane Muller is a highly respected maker who, like so many great contemporary archetiers, learnt under Bernard Ouchard in Mirecourt. This is a lovely example of his work, a broadly Peccatte model showing considerable flair. The stick is of round section orange-brown Pernambuco with a striking flame, mounts are silver and ebony. The cross-section of the stick is slightly taller than it is wide, giving a lot of strength for the weight.

The condition is excellent with only minimal signs of use.

This is a serious player’s bow with a great combination of agility and strength. The sound is powerful and full spectrum – bright, dark and everything in between. There’s just a hint of coffee grounds to the tone, and a really satisfying amount of grip. The action is medium-stiff with great response, very lively off the string but also eminently controllable.

All in all, this is a very well rounded bow suitable for an extrovert professional player or for a budding soloist.

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