Amourette bows

November 21, 2021, 5:11 PM · I’ve lately noticed many fine 19th century French bows made using amourette (aka snake wood). Apparently, it was not uncommon for makers such as Nicolas Maire and Dominique Peccatte to use this material in lieu of pernambuco. I am interested if anyone has used a modern style amourette bow and what your thoughts are. I imagine pernambuco must be superior to have become the default material for wood bow making. But amourette must have had some desirable characteristics. Any thoughts?

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November 22, 2021, 4:13 AM · I have only tried one—a Peccatte— and it didn’t leave me wanting to find more.
November 22, 2021, 6:37 AM · I almost bought a Pajeot made of amourette back in the early 90s.Very nice looking but way too stiff.It felt " glassy" and wouldn" t sink into the string.
I also looked at a Dominique Peccatte made of beeswood.It looked gorgeous but much too soft and unfocused.
November 24, 2021, 8:26 AM · To my understanding, the mid 19th century French bow makers did not use alternative woods because of any positive characteristic other than that they were cheap. Although we think of them as premium makers nowadays, during their lifetimes bow making was not a prestige industry and in order to make ends meet even the Peccatte brothers churned out large amounts of cheap bows using cheaper woods, with open trench frogs (no ferrules etc). I've only tried a few non-pernambuco French bows from the 19th century none impressed me, although some played "ok."

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