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  1. We may never know since we don't know many things about this particular bow... But that raises an interesting question that comes to my mind - assuming the bow is a real Nürnberger, how does one determine the value of such bow and how much it actually is worth? Is there a go to source for people to track how much is too much ($800 in this case?) or just right or they're getting a good deal because this bow really is worth thousands of dollars..? I did a quick search on ebay and was delighted to discover there are several bows by this maker and they were listed anywhere from $1000 to $10,000 which makes it difficult to understand where the true value really ought to be. Jacob above mentioned a pricey book with pretty pictures and lots of German text - does that book shed the light on modern day prices and helps determine the value of these bows? Again, let's just assume for the argument's sake that we're not considering fakes for this discussion - only genuine Nürnberger violin bows.
  2. Thank you for all the replies ladies and gentlemen. After thinking about this for a while, I decided that I'd like the violin to be of good quality (I have to enjoy playing the instrument) and also make a good investment. If I choose to purchase one through a reputable dealer - how to know if I am getting ripped off or paying a fair price for an instrument? How does one measure the value of the instrument? Is it possible and reasonable to ask for an appraisal value from an independent luthier? I don't know how to make my own repairs and setups, but I would love to learn. Can anyone recommend books (in English) to start me on this topic? As far as auctions, I think most of you are right, without proper knowledge - it is a risky business and most of the instruments and bows are either fakes or have issues that untrained person can miss and will regret getting involved with later. But still.. there must be a reason why so many "hawks" are searching for a deal online. Maybe "risk it to get the biscuit" is worth it after all as long as one understands and accepts the risks..
  3. Hello everyone, I'm new to the community and I wanted to ask a basic question - is it possible to find an good instrument that won't cost an arm and a leg at an auction like ebay, tarissio, etc..? I'm looking for a violin and bow(s) for myself and not to resell. Where should I begin acquiring knowledge/information on how to go about doing this? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance.