Has anyone ever had issues while traveling due to the fact that your bow or instrument includes parts made with now-forbidden items? (Like tortoise shell or ivory?)
Any tips on safeguards against items being confiscated?
Cross-European border, or cross-continent?
From EU to non-EU. :) And later in the year, from EU to the States.
If you're talking about an ivory frog, you can commission an ebony replacement from a good bowmaker to use when traveling.
The pad at the frog would also be a problem, so unfortunately that wouldn't solve the whole issue...
I've taken my violin on planes many times, both within Europe and between Europe and Asia, Europe and America, and was never asked to open my violin case. Of course that doesn't guarantee anything, I know, but since you asked for people's issues, here is my negative answer.
Get yourself a decent CF bow for traveling, or trade in your ivory-mounted bow for a different bow, or have a bow-maker exchange out all the ivory parts for different materials, or take your chances. Those would seem to be the options. Worrying and/or complaining for the next 30+ years about the arduous problems facing people with ivory bow parts doesn't seem to be a particularly appealing alternative -- for you or anyone else.
Well, “complaining” sometimes works if enough people complain in the right place - that’s why, starting soon, it won’t be an issue with instruments using rosewood, resolved at the latest CITES convention in August by musician societies and groups who appealed to them for exceptions regarding instruments. I’m trying not to take offense...didn’t feel like the question would do anyone any harm - only potentially help other folks in the same boat. And I can’t really afford a CF bow or any kind of functional second bow. That’s my boat.
I probably wouldn't risk it, paperwork or not.
Unfortunately, I have come upon the knowledge that this could be a problem too late to get a replacement bow, as far as I can think of options. (My go-to guy who might loan me a bow is on vacation.)
I have an Ivory frog and had no problem going through customs in Europe and America and Canada.
Anita, if you think it's too late now - visit your luthier (who on average will be a very nice and understanding person), tell him about your problem and ask him for help. If you find another bow you like in his shop, with no problematic materials, there are several possibilities.
Nuuska M., thanks for your advice! I seem to remember you also live in the EU, in a German-speaking region? I'm tempted to reply in German. :)
For about $700 you can get a JonPaul Avanti, a good CF bow which should be fine for professional orchestra playing, so it should be a decent spare your whole life (and if your current bow isn't great, it may actually handle better).
She said she can't afford any sort of 2nd bow at the moment. She's a student, it's understandable.
Anita, this is even the best of all solutions. Very kind of your teachers! And this way you'll have the chance to try out a bouquet of good bows, a situation which always boosts one's knowledge.
Lydia, your confidence in the John Paul bows made me curious for a while, and an affordable but good enough CF would come handy for multiple purposes. But unfortunately the John Paul are not distributed in Europe. Codabows at least could be ordered online, as well as cheap Chinese brands. For me, available on location are only Viennabow, AS (whatever this stands for, but for sure they're not equivalent to the JPs), and Arcus. The situation might be different in metropolitan areas where the business models will vary more, but in my 200.000 city with a catchment area of probably 6-700.000, the violin shops are strictly luthier based who usually don't emphasize on higher quality CF bows.
Some of the JonPaul bows are sold under different names in Europe; many of them have a different manufacturer and are only distributed under the JonPaul name in the US.
Thanks for the tips re. the bows to look out for. While Paul is right that I currently can’t afford a second bow, I’ll file this helpful info away for the future. It’s always good to know what’s out there and what’s good. Otherwise, if I stumble upon it somehow, how will I know what’s in front of me?? :)
Nice! I once bought my first good bow from a member of the Münster Symphony! Now I'm located right between Salzburg and Vienna.
Jonpaul does have dealers in Europe; they are shown on the map here: http://www.jonpaulbows.com/FindADealer.aspx. I actually bought a JP bow a few months ago, in the Netherlands. It's true that many violin shops don't sell them (unlike, say, Codabow), so you may need to travel 300 km or have one shipped to you.
Hm. I visited the website of the shop nearest to me. BTW it's a shop where I already ordered tools and accessories for violin repair and maintainance. The CF bows they display on their website are carbondix, c:dix, bondix and woodix. What the heck...