1946 wooden violin
I have a wooden 1946 violin bow which I bought in Kitchener Ontario. It is in very good condition. I use it occasionally. I also have an Eastman Cadenza bow. I like them both but the wooden one seems to be better balanced. There is no name on it but my teacher said it was a great bow. He told me to buy that one and that is all I remember. He had an Amati violin which he could really play. Was in the Toronto symphony at one time and the best teacher in Sault Ste Marie Ontario in those days.
My question is: Is it possible that it was pernambuco. That’s all I remember. I should have kept notes. Terry
Probably pernambuco. There are various grades of the wood. Really good bow makers can distinguish the quality of pernambuco wood "blanks" but even then the results in the final creation are not always great.
Terry, I have a blue car. It drives really nice, and has four wheels. Can you tell me who was it made by, and what is it worth? ;-)
Most wood bows are pernambuco. Occasionally you’ll find a nice bow by a top French maker such as Francois Peccatte or Nicolas Maire made out of Amourette, or Ironwood.
I’m sorry, I meant to say it cost $12.50 so I was wondering if that would buy pernambuco in those years. In other words in terms of price today what would it cost? Or would that be a half decent bow in those days? Another big mistake I made was the heading. Obviously it should be a wood bow! Who’s on first?!
If its a cheaper bow its probably brazilwood.
I really don't know how much bow $12.50 would buy in 1946, but that is what I expected to pay for a leather covered shaped case that I ordered in 1947 because that's what my father had paid for his a year or two earlier. When my case arrived so did a bill for $35; my case was covered in alligator-looking leather and was much nicer looking than my father's.
Did you buy it at Reidstras Terry?
Very shiny is usually nickle alloy, silver is more of a satin finish.
Thanks Lyndon. Good info
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