Original Baroque Bows
Are there any original Baroque bows from the 17/18th centuries still in playing use, or are they now safely in museums or the like? To put it more broadly, can bows, of whatever genre, last as long as violins?
From what I understand, there are some, albeit very few. The ones there are will probably be in museums. I imagine it would be easier for bow makers to get a look at them there
Many modern baroque makers use historical descriptions and paintings as well as referencing several bows in museums. There may be a very small number of original bows in service today, but I have no clue to what that number might be like.
Pribably less than 10
I have an English one from the mid 18th c. It plays exceedingly well
Thanks for the comments, everyone. They confirm what I suspected.
Part of the issue here will be dating the bows. There are actually quite a few original bows being used by baroque musicians, especially around Europe, but they are often transitional types. Then one has the fun of discussing whether a bow made after 1750 clearly intended to be in the 'old style' is truly a baroque bow. In the end I think the fog of professional historical performance may be as bad as the fog of war. :-)
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