Over the past few weeks, I've been interested in buying a fine bow. I've gone through ~50, and I have a few questions somebody will (hopefully) be able to answer. :)
The first bow is supposedly a silver-mounted Albert Nurnberger (A trusted luthier told me this bow is a nurnberger, and I can make out an "ALBER___RERGER"), however there is no certificate of authenticity, which I though it should have (should it?). When this bow was originally introduced to me, I was told the frog had been repaired. I am not familiar with a frog repair, but I heard tip repairs will *greatly* devalue the bow, and there is a likelyhood the bow will break easier. Is this the same for a frog repair? I looked through the wood with my untrained eyes and didn't see anything of concern. The bow is selling for $1800, by the way.
The second bow is a nickel-mounted Morizot; I believe a son of his. This one does have a certificate of authenticity (I didn't pay much attention to it when the luthier showed me: it was in french). The puzzling thing about this is the inscription on it: "Jh. V AUBRY-PARIS". Wouldn't it say Morizot? Anyway, the part that bugs me the most is that the stick has a slight warp to the right. I pointed this out to one of the luthiers, and he said something along the lines of, "this is what we call a good-warp. It won't necessarily be bad for the bow. If you like the way it plays now, you shouldn't change it." Is this true? is a slight warp to the right (when I'm looking from the frog to the tip) okay? This bow is selling for $2000.
Both bows play extraordinarily well. I was looking at bows for $1500: the jump between those bows and the two I'm looking at now is remarkable.
The person who introduced me to these bows will not be there when I make my final decision (most likely this weekand, sometime) however a good archetier will be there. I plan on asking him over the weekand, but I'd like outside input. Thanks!
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