Reference: C5599 Derek Wilson, 2021, England
City: Newbury, Halsay Manor and Tunbridge Wells
Derek and I have been working on a batch of ”bench copy” cello bows with a wonderful original example in front of us. We started this in 2018 and with one thing and another this bow became wholly Derek’s project, being made in Lock down. The wood is fantastic; old stripey, reflective and with a faint rippled pernambuco which I bought from another bow maker in 2013. The model is from the most expressive of Tourte’s output with strong defined shapes, it seems clear that Tourte himself was a cellist as his cello bows are subject to much adjustment and experimentation.
Playing qualities: At 854 grams and with the high head and frog, this is a bow with some masculinity, there’s enough flexibility in the stick though to draw the strings well and still produce a big sound.
Mounts: Silver and ebony, Silver face
Weight: 84 grams
Lapping (wrap): Silk
Balance Point: 250 mm
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