So often we rely on a stamp or label to tell us what we ought to think about a bow or instrument. When we lack such identification, coupled with less sophisticated materials, it’s easy to assume that what we’re about to try is not going to be much good. So playing this unstamped, nickel-mounted German violin bow is a pleasant surprise. It bounces and articulates well, it sits comfortably on the string, and allows for tricky string crossings without extra thought and preparation. The octagonal stick is of well-selected pernambuco, and the bi-coloured slide in the frog is unusual and creates an attractive point of difference.