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Keith Sleeman Cello Bow, Mendoza, Argentina, 2021
Silver mounted cello bow made by renowned English bowmaker Keith Sleeman, 81 grams in a personal 19th c model. The bow was made by Sleeman in Mendoza, Argentina, where he currently resides, with ex-Paul Martin Siefried pernambuco stock provided by Bay Fine Strings. Reddish pernambuco with supple yet strong resilience. Energetic tone with a smooth sound, bringing out high harmonic content from a variety of cellos. 

Keith Sleeman began working with bows 46 years ago. He took lessons from Malcolm Taylor (ex-Hill and sons) and went on to make copies of old French bows. Inspired by the originals, he has made extensive studies into the playing qualities of these bows and his own bows embody the deeper secrets he has discovered. He is an avid world traveler, making his base of operations on several continents, and his work spans the entire evolution of bowmaking from early baroque to 20th century models. His current bows are inspired by the best examples of Voirin, Lamy and Fetique.

Keith also recambers antique bows in order to restore all their original playing qualities and he is the first bowmaker in the world to offer a certificate for this work.

Keith Sleeman Cello Bow, Mendoza, Argentina, 2021

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