Violin bow by August Rau
I'm currently trying out a violin bow by August Rau. It is silver mounted in very good condition and is made out of fine pernambuco. The asking price is 3800 euro's. Is this to much for a bow by this maker? Can't find any of his bows online that went for prices like this.
Do you like this bow? Could you try some more bows and pick an affordable favourite?
Its not exactly cheap, but I have seen them in this area before.
Rau worked for Knopf and Weichold. He is considered to be a maker of fine bows. I have sold a couple and have one here presently.
Don't know him but i know my luthier Pascal Camurat `)
I sold one of Jacques Camurat's 3/4 sized violins. Lovely fiddle.
Years ago I had a Rau with someone but we patched things up. Oh wait - that's ROW! :-)
August Rau trained and worked for Nurnberger before setting his own workshop in the late 19th century. He makes nice octagonal bows in the Tourte style with 20th century influence. That price seems ok if the bow is in very good condition, and I think they can be comparable to a good Nurnberger and at times surpass them on an individual example basis.
Ha! Mine was also gold-mounted and about that weight! Maybe you have my old bow!
Fine bows can certainly be that expensive, and far more, depending on the bow, the maker, and the certificate. My first question would be: do you love the bow? Does it draw a good tone on your instrument? How does it feel in the hand? Is it capable of playing all the required types of strokes from frog to tip? If "no" to any of these questions, then keep looking. But if you love the bow and it can be proven to be from that maker (there are plenty of fakes with all makers' stamps) then the cost is what it is.
I think if someone askes for the value of a bow of a specific maker he knows he likes his playability in the given price class (which is mid range in this case). It is not the worst idea to adk for its monetary value neglecting the maker, because thats what the insurence will pay and also thats what you get if you sell it again.