Help identifying a supposed Vuillaume bow
Recently was given a bow as a gift but is this a legit Vuillaume or Markneukirchen work? Some things led me to believe to believe it might be authentic like the non-collared adjuster, pins instead of nails in the silver mounting and the maker stamp in the “French” upside down way. Thanks for info and input.
Pictures of Bow
There is just one picture of the bow, and that showing the maker's stamp. There are however dozens of other pictures that are completely irrelevant. Has there been a technical issue here?
I’m not sure, I uploaded more than 1 image. I hope these images work instead.
Thanks, those four from drive.google are ok, but the experts (I'm not one) possibly may want one or two more detail shots. They'll doubtless tell you as necessary.
How do you like the bow?
The most I’ve spent on a Chinese bow is $47 on eBay. It’s actually quite good - just as good as some Hill or Lupot bows I’ve tried. As far as this bow goes, it’s hard to know just by seeing photos. I would take your bow to an authority like Isaac Salchow.
I'm pretty sure Mr. Salchow doesn't want to be bothered with cheap CHinese knock off bows!
I’m sure Isaac would be happy to see it. I spent about a half hour with him the other day looking at Heifetz’s bows, in his shop. He rehairs both my Sartory and Chinese bow..
Nate's report encourages me to think I'm not simply club-handed to find cheap Chinese bows often work rather well - certainly well enough for my repertoire and technique. I've been inching away from the nice old bow I've used for decades, firstly towards a Sartory copy and lately a CF bow, both I suspect from the same eBay source as Nate's.
Out of the many tens of thousands of cheap bows produced in bulk, every once in awhile, you find a unicorn--everything just happens to be there, including the weight, balance, resilience, articulation, response, tone quality, etc. My local shop has them for ~$35.
So either I'm club-handed or very, very lucky? Actually I think it depends a lot on how you learn and what you learn. As one who long ago abandoned all thought of playing concertos (but who does decently enough in most of the chamber repertoire) bow properties simply aren't critical for me. What would Nate say I wonder?
Practice more? ;)
The sonic differences, as well as handling can be non-existant, subtle, or obvious.
" I'm pretty sure Mr. Salchow doesn't want to be bothered with cheap CHinese knock off bows!"
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