This is a very fine silver-mounted FN Voirin in mint condition – it’s an exceptional player, elegant and refined in conception but with a strong stick and a brilliant tone.
Apart from FX Tourte, there is surely no maker who has had more influence on the evolution of the bow than FN Voirin. He brought a level of elegance and perfection to bow-making which was quite new, and everyone who came after Voirin stands somehow in his shadow.
This bow is another great example of his work, precise, minimal, harmonious.
The stick is of round section orange pernambuco with a marked flame, mounts are silver and ebony.
The condition is outstanding – no wear to the handle facets, no chips or damages, the brand still crisp.
Voirin bows are very highly regarded for their tonal qualities, but many are on the light side or just seem too flexible for modern technique. This has slightly held back Voirin’s reputation as a maker, but if you can find an example that has a strong stick then it’s hard to conceive of a better bow.
This one is quite a stand-out, nervy yet powerful, with a brilliant and projecting tone. Great off the string properties, very controllable yet still exciting. As with all the best Voirins, it brings detail and clarity without sacrificing warmth…