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This example has an octagonal section stick of dark orange pernambuco, mounts are silver and ebony. The frog has a curved heel quite typical of this maker, the short one-piece button is pinned, but the work is so exquisite that the pins are invisible to the naked eye.
The condition of the bow is near mint, with only a couple of miniscule marks on the stick to indicate any use.
Fétique bows are generally robust, and this one takes that to another level. It’s very powerful without feeling stiff or inflexible – with its current tinsel lap the balance is just where it should be (25.5cm), and the bow feels very comfortable in the hand.
The sound is broad and mighty, but there’s also a real sizzle in the higher harmonics, so there’s a lot of room for tonal control. The only caveat about this bow is that it oozes sound from the moment you sit it on the strings, so it’s not the right choice for a section player in an opera pit or a tentative chamber musician. But for solo work, leading a section or a high pressure audition it would be hard to beat at the price.
Dimensions: length 74.6 grams, weight 62.2 grams
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