When I was 12 in 1946 I bought a wood bow for $12.50 in Kitchener Ontario Canada. I am trying to find someone who could tell me what quality bow that could be for that price. The reason I would like to know is that I still like it and play it occasionally. I should have made some notes but didn’t. My teacher had been the CM in the Toronto symphony in the 30s. He had moved to Sault Ste Marie. He told me if I was ever in Kitchener to go to a particular violin shop to get a bow. How I decided on this bow I am not sure. My good bow is a good quality CF bow. I have 3 other wood bows. I am 84 and still play in a 12 piece ensemble. Please give me your opinion.
Andrew Victor, you may have an idea
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we already discussed this at length in another thread a couple months ago????
You need an appraisal of what had once been fairly inexpensive? Go to an appraiser.
If you calculate with the average inflation rate since 1946, your 12.5 Canadian $ back then would be 168.56 (rounded) today. Most probably the prices in stringed instruments and bows increased much more than for bread and butter, but even if you bear this in mind you're still at a prize level not higher than 300 maybe?
And if you're not sure about that, maestronet would be a far better place to investigate on a question like yours.
Try to sell it to a dealer. If he makes an offer it's probably an OK bow and the retail price would probably be 2 or 3 times his offer. I did that some years ago with several bows and the offers were exactly half the SHAR price at the time. (Luckily I had owned the bows long enough that I did not lose money on the deal. I sold them.)
Thanks Andrew. I will try this next time when I go to London.
Any "real violin dealer" should be able to evaluate your bow.