"J. LA SALLE" stamped Chinese pernambuco cello bow
Chinese student bows are, on the whole, vastly better-made than they were thirty or forty years ago. The major point of difference between these bows and their European counterparts is the wood of the stick: most are made from a very fine-grained species of Chinese beech wood. The better bows, however, are of pernambuco. This cello bow is a good example of the latter, with a strong, straight, pernambuco stick, a good camber and nicely executed octagonal facets.