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Otto Albert ("Pariser") Hoyer, lightweight violin bow, circa 1930
Otto Albert Hoyer, the bow maker from Markneukirchen who crafted this fine violin bow around 1930, was one of the best masters of his guild. He was called the "Pariser" ("the Parisian") and burnished the word on the sticks of his bows as a sign of the justified pride he felt: the nickname was the reference to the fact that as a young bow maker, Otto A. Hoyer had worked for the great French teacher Eugène Sartory. This particular bow, which features Otto A. Hoyer's original stamp, is also an interesting example of the influence that modern French bow-making had upon the craft in Saxony during the era following Sartory. The excellent weight distribution of the solid, octagonal stick with great tension made of the finest reddish-brown pernambuco honours Sartory's classic model; the balance point of the 74.6 cm stick is measured at 24.6 cm and feels well-centred. The attractive and elongated lines of the head give it an elegant sense of style; the ebony frog with silver fittings has been probably added later. Clearly evident traces of intense use testify to the master violin bow's exceptionally good musical qualities; it is now ready to play after having been meticulously set up by the specialists in our atelier for restoration. The well-rounded sound it produces is large and radiant, with a bright and yet warm nature we highly recommend.