Disappointed to find out I cannot trade up a bow I bought at Shar
maybe all sellers don't allow this, but I was hoping to trade up a bow I recently got, as I had some extra money come in. Nope, no trade-ins on bows. waaaaauuughhh.
Hmmm I've never heard of trade-ups on bows. Are there shops that do this?
Potter has a bow trade-in policy:
Johnson/Carriage House also allows trade-ups for bows.
I thought they sometimes allowed for that? Maybe they already have too many traded in ones. A lot of local shops allow for trade ins, sometimes full original value.
Interestingly, CF bows have only 60% trade-in value at Johnson, vs 100% for wood. I wonder why that is. CF is far less likely to be in damaged condition.
Everyone wants a fine, antique wood bow. Nobody wants a grimy, old CF bow.
Lydia, trade-up valuations also sometimes are different for fractional instruments.
CF bows do not allow high trade in value probably because they do not get better with age?
Support your local violin shop!
Cheap wooden bows are also unlikely to get better with age.
The lower trade in values for CF probably just reflects a lack of a secondary market for CF bows and uncertainty about values in the long term.
I would also add that those of us who buy and use an Arcus bow have absolutely no illusions about their "investment value" (which is zero). Our primary criteria is playability and tone production, followed by a desire to avoid endangered wood species and other materials covered by CITES that makes international travel with it difficult.
I know; it stinks! Shar has an awesome trade in policy for violins. Hopefully they will do their bows like that soon. I bought my bow from Johnson. These programs are very handy for slowly letting us afford nicer instruments.
It's been Shar's policy for a long time, at least since I found out the hard way about 20 years ago. That's why I've taken my business elsewhere.
Seman violins in the chicago area has 100% trade in on bows and violins. I’ve used the bow trade in policy about 4 times, and the violin policy once. I beleive they are doing more mail order transactions these days. Very nice selection of products as well, covering student to professional.
I never heard that bows improve over the years, not only that, but that they get worse, only problems appear: breaking, curving to one side, loose things...
Some stores might offer you a trade in value on your Shar bow, but it probably isn't going to be 100%
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