Repaired Violin Bow
I am looking for a better bow within $2000. I came across a well-repaired broken Roy G. Guade bow for $1100. Its original price was $5000 and its current playable quality was far superior to that of all other selections in my price.
It has a splinter down the head and looks well repaired. I sadly wasn't able to get a photo of the splinter. The luthier told me, should it open again, he would repair it for $100.
Is it worth buying? What are the odds it will break again? I am very careful with my violin and bow and never drop them or bang them against things.
It's called a spline, not a splinter, and that's the best way to repair a broken tip. Properly done it might be stronger than it was before the bow broke. But I'm going to refrain from advising you about whether to buy it.
I inherited a F.N Voirin bow in 1954. More than 20 years before that it entered our family before I was even born. About 20 years ago it broke when I let a violist borrow it for an orchestra rehearsal session. It was professionally repaired simply by gluing the long diagonal break (no thread wrap or any such thing) - according to the repairer it had apparently already been broken when it entered my family and I did not ever know it in the 43 years I had been using it (I don't think my father did either-and I still cannot see the repair without a magnifying glass and avery bright light). I can tell you from the wear of the frog this bow was very much loved and used for a century or so.
Don't count on getting your money back but if it's as good as the $5000 ones I'd get it.
I once had a bow repaired with a spline. First time the spline soon fractured but second time the fix endured for several years (until I started using another bow)
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