One of my violin wood, ( not pernambuco I imagine) bows that I still use occasionally, I bought in Kitchener Ontario Canada in 1944 when I was 10, on the recommendation of my violin teacher in Sault Ste Marie Ontario Canada where I lived at the time. It was $12.50! In the 20’s he was concertmaster in the Toronto Symphony and he played an Amati violin which was beautiful in looks as well as sound.
Obviously it has been rehaired many times with Mongolian hair. It weighs 6.3 g and I like it’s smoothness if that makes sense.
I have 3 other bows, none pernambuco. One is wood, the other is a good quality carbon fibre which I use 80% of the time.
My question is this: does anyone have any idea what this would cost today. It is NOT FOR SALE! Too much nostalgia!
I thought you may have an idea Arthur?
I saw an ad for a company selling pernambuco bows for 7.50 in the 1910s so it very well could be a decent bow.
How can anyone possibly give a value for some random pernambuco bow?
I just thought a senior might have an idea. I’m afraid you are comparing apples and oranges. A house is not quite the same as a violin bow and I am not trying to make money!
Take a whole bunch of pictures of it and post them over on maestronet.com.
you've had it rehaired many times, but you never inquired what the luthier thought of it, in terms of origin and worth?
$1 in 1940 is equivalent in purchasing power to about $18.29 in 2019 (as per inflation calculator), therefore $12.50 x $18.3 = $228.
I would think you could buy a Pernambuco bow for $12.50 in 1944
Thanks for your comments. My luthier r in London Ontario doesn’t know about it since there are no markings on it but has preserved well. He can’t tell if it is pernambuco by looks. I was 10 when I bought it and I just played it. I never heard of pernambuco or brazilwood. I can’t ask him. He died 40 years ago. As l
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Although the CPI may have increased 20X (2000%) since those days the pricing of string instruments and bows (or various collectables) has generally far exceeded those increases. For example, about 80 years ago for $125 my father purchased a Richard Weichold (Dresden) bow, a F.N.Voirin bow AND a Stefano Scarampella violin.
There were a lot of factory bows around at the time-- some good, some hopeless. There were also (as in Andy's father's case) a lot of dealers who would give a GREAT bow away as part of a purchase for a violin because, well, who cared about bows?
Thank you Andrew and Stephen. No numbers or letters under frog.
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