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we all know that auctions are “buyer beware” and “too good to be true” a lot of times. But every now and then you have a feeling that it is better than appears. I sometimes like taking chances if it isn’t much money. The auction of two bows that were in the huge shipping box was such a case. The auction stated it was “ two glasser horsehair violin bows 4/4.” In the description it stated body measurements of 24”????
the pics definitely showed a glasser bow and one other that looked tempting. It looked like it had real silver lapping and possibly a name on the frog. It was 14.99 and 9.63 shipping, so I took a chance.
They arrived last night and didn’t get a good look til today. The bow is wrapped with silver, frog is silver trimmed, there is no name, 29 inches and pernambuco as you can see in the pics. What I thought might be a name is the graining of the shaft.
Kind of like a lottery...
Fortunately, the bows that interest me are so esoteric that they attract little attention by others. The daily turnover is so large you have to limit your attention to a few features that offer immediate recognition (like a trout only selecting a specific insect in the flash of eye contact that occurs as the current rushes past). The danger is thinking that you know more than you do (it is well documented that the fencer most prone to injury is the student of intermediate level).
Low lying fruit is a better gamble because of the gain/risk ratio. Multiple item lots would lower the shipping burden, but those are infrequently seen.
Research is what I’m doing when I don’t know what I’m doing. —Werner von Braun
Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible. —Frank Zappa
Experience is a difficult teacher, it gives the test first and the lesson after.
Steve, are you excited about the silver wrapping because it can be polished and coaxed back into shape or simply because the original use of silver indicates that it was possible a better stick?
I was hoping that if it was real silver that it might indicate a better bow. If nothing else I had a couple bows I could rehair for the school. The silver can be saved and add a new thumb grip. If it plays nice it’ll probably become another bday present for one of her friends. Being pernambuco was a plus.