“W.R. Schuster” seems now to be a brand name on bows made in Asia. In contrast, this octagonal, pernambuco, nickel-mounted viola bow is stamped “W. Germany” on the underside of the stick by the button and has a personal provenance and history that places its manufacture firmly in the mid-late twentieth century, before the fall of the Berlin Wall. The stick is strongly made and with a weight a little over the average, will suit a bigger instrument. The playing characteristics are very good, with stability in legato passages and a decent articulation and spiccato.
Weight: 73.25 grams