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Greg F.

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  1. Brad,


    Thanks for the info.  The ad I found is a 1915 G. W. Huntley (see below).  There are two Franz bows listed:   one for $20.35 and the other for $29.20.  In checking modern auction sales I did see that some Franz bows were only nickel mounted but the ones in the Huntley catalog are silver mounted.





  2. I picked up this old bow a while back.  It is marked Aug. Franz Artisto on one side and Germany Tourte on the other.  I located an old ad that priced Aug. Franz bows (when new) well above the average but not quite at the price of bows by, for example, A. Lamy.  What I'm wondering is if Franz was a genuine maker or if it was just a brand name.  Thanks in advance.




  3. Take what I say with a huge grain of salt, as I am no expert.  But the brand looks suspiciously like that seen on many bows offered on ebay that are of recent Chinese manufacture, though the frog might be older than the bow proper.  Perhaps one of our more knowledgeable members will chime in.

  4. I'm no expert violin wise.  I'm not even a "talented" amateur violin wise.  But I've been buying (and selling) on ebay since 1997.  Anyone who thinks there aren't treasures to be found at both fair and ludicrously cheap prices on ebay is a person who doesn't follow the venue regularly.  My best buy was a French bow for $60 that brought $8000 at auction (it sold to dealer).  I still have 6 or 8 silver mounted bows in excellent condition that cost a fraction of what any shop would charge.  But that's just my experience.  Ebay is the greatest thing since sliced bread, collecting wise. 

  5. Yes, it's possible to find a good violin at auction.  Yes, it will probably cost something extra to get it setup properly.  Yes, if you do your homework, it will end up costing less than if you bought the same instrument from a shop.  After all, dealers are regular auction buyers (and they too have to spend time and/or money fixing it up "right") and they're in it to make a buck (or two).  It all comes down to your comfort level.

  6. I was walking to the store this morning and ran into a friend of mine who, knowing that I like bows, showed me a few that he had recently been given.  He gave me a couple, one of which (branded the ubiquitous Bausch) looked to have nice wood.  Might it be pernambuco?


  7. 7 hours ago, rudall said:

    How would that work if they are both lousy players?


    Neither looks like a great bow but they don't look like total trash either.  I have about 40 functional bows (out of about 150-200 that I've sampled).  Most are older wooden and fully nickel mounted.  Few are truly garbage for an intermediate (at best) fiddle player like myself.  Several are on loan to local fiddle players who like them better than their carbon fiber Codas and other bows.  I have about 6 or 7 silver mounted ones, most of which perform better.  So in my experience, an older fully nickel mounted bow made of decent wood and no problems is likely to be a decent intermediate bow if it has good hair.

    But this is just my experience as a rank amateur.   I make no claims to be an expert.


  8. For collectibles, ebay is the greatest thing since sliced bread.  But even bread gets moldy.

    If you're looking for a bow as a "tool" then by all means avoid ebay.  Go to your local shop and pay full retail (or near it) for the bow that fits your needs.  But if you enjoy the hunt then there's no place like ebay.  Bargains are to be had but knowledge is king (or at least prince).

    As for the bows you've shown, nothing strikes me as special about them (but I'm way way far from an expert) but I suspect that you could get them for less than the price of a rehair.  And if they both have decent hair then you come out ahead.

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