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Bow I.D. and value
Need help with old bow
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Scotchirish

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February 18, 2022 - 4:55 pm
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Got a nice old violin bow with a very old violin. Need help trying to evaluate it.

It is 29 3/8", Germany stamp. Very straight, very good bend in the bow.

Frog and tip are nearly perfect.

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Post it on maestronet, but be prepared for sarcasm, they are the best experts on the net, and some of them in the world. To me your bow looks like an old german trade bow, not worth a lot, but I am no expert, ask them nicely on maestronet.  On this forum you can get good advice about fiddle playing. good luck.

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I agree with Stringy's assessment of it. If a fiddle's got "Italy" stamped on it, it's unlikely to be a Strad.

Take the frog off - sometimes there's info under it.

Get it rehaired. The luthier might have something to say about it at the same time.

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Fiddlerman
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March 9, 2022 - 2:21 pm
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Can you make out the text on the stamp?

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but the one who needs the least."

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March 9, 2022 - 5:14 pm
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@Fiddlerman @Scotchirish 

It looks like it says, Germany and maybe Made In before that.

Given this, this link might help. 

https://maestronet.com/forum/i.....amped-bow/

Of particular interest would be the Nov 12 post By Guy_Gallo. He has a couple. I am talking about the Nov 12 post. The second Guy_Gallo post on Nov 12. There is a short one and a longer  one below it. I am talking the longer one.

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Fiddlerman
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March 14, 2022 - 9:49 am
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It's most likely a mass produced German old pernambuco bow.

The value will come from two things. It's condition and the quality of the Pernambuco.

If I were to guess, I would put it between $200 to $800 if you clean it up, redo the grip and winding and re-hair it. The varnish is a bit questionable looking right now.
That being said, it could have a higher value in usability. In other words, it could play/act like a bow that cost thousands.
Is it straight?

Of course if you could identify a maker, it could make a difference.

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