This violin bow has now sold.
About this violin bowEtienne Pajeot is without doubt one of the best ever makers of bows. The son of Louis Simon Pajeot, Etienne had a head start to his career as an archetier and started working with his father from an early age. Apart from his prodigious skill, Pajeot had an enquiring mind and innovative approach: there are several inventions that he tried out, some allowing musicians to rehair their bows themselves. Sadly, I´ve never seen one of the self-rehairing bows in use without having been converted to a more conventional design. What a shame!
Each Pajeot bow seems to look a little different from the last: he was constantly changing the shape of his heads very slightly and adjusting the design of his frogs. What all of his bows do have in common though is a supreme elegance of form. They also happen to play unbelievably well! One of the other traits that one often sees in the bows of Pajeot is the slight bit of figure in the heads, as seen in this particular bow.
This Pajeot violin bow plays fantastically. It is strong enough to get your teeth into the big repertoire, but with huge amounts of grip, pulling the most enormous, colourful, sparkling sound out of any instrument. It also plays extremely well off the string. In my opinion, the quality of this bow cannot be overstated, and it is a bow I come back to time and again when ever I have a concert.
The bow weighs 59 grams and the mounts are of nickel and ebony. It is in very good original condition and comes with the certificate of Isaac Salchow.