As a relative newcomer to playing I've gradually acquired violins (as we all do) that can take advantage of progressively improving technique. One area that I've neglected up till now is that of getting myself a decent bow. After a little research it is evident that this too can be an expensive business . . . however - looking for the least expensive option - I see that there are innumerable opportunities on auction sites to acquire bows from highly respected makers like Lamy, Bazin and Clasquin etc. for $100-150 . . . I might have expected ten times that figure! - what's going on there then? These bows look to me like the half decent student variety and all seem to have the all important stamped name above the frog . . . anyone come across this phenomenon? . . . how can I determine whether they are being offered as the genuine article? (anyone know of a decent handbook)?
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