Has this ever happened to you?
I hope not!
Ooh. Check that condition report if buying at auction.
Chris can fix anything.
Actually if you look closely you can see the remnant of an old head spline. This head was repaired before. Its possible to be fixed again depending on some factors. This is what the repair looks like: https://adbowsllc.com/2019/02/13/headspline/
Yes, precisely that. The first spline repair quickly failed but a second attempt has survived (admittedly infrequent use) for 25 years
Well, it happened to one of my kids. But it also involved playing on a narrow staircase next to a wall, so I think the screw hitting the wall may have contributed. Luckily it was a rental.
It did not happen to me, but it happened to my F.N. Vorin bow over 20 years ago while being played by a violist almost next to me I had loaned it to for that orchestra rehearsal. Before that I had not known that the bow already had a 2-inch long longitudinal repair starting about 2 inches behind the head. One of our horn players did lutherie and offered to repair it. A simple gluing seems to have sufficed since the bow is still fine and I had trouble finding the splice when I looked at it (just now). It must have already been broken when my father bought it at least 65 years earlier - I don't know if he was aware of it.
I would consider that failure to be well outside the range of "normal", particularly since she is more of a sting tickler than a really hard player. Probably evidence of a prior poor repair.
I had a bow that was repaired by splicing on a new head about 2 inches back from the head -- imagine a long gradual angled cut such that the total area might have been a square centimeter or so, maybe even a little more. The work was done by Gus Banosky in Detroit, around 1976 maybe. That splice lasted 20 years and then I could see it was failing, but those were during the years when I was not playing and I probably was rather irresponsible about how I was storing my instrument and bow. Fortunately the violin itself was basically a VSO do it didn't matter.
"Chris can fix anything." LOL. Now we know who "Cotton Mather" really is.
This happened to one of my students when the public school teacher told him that his bow wasn't tightened enough. She told him that because it is a "bow" it has to look like a "bow" (as in archery) - despite my teachings he did as he was told and the head snapped off.
Now I've got that old song "It Could Happen To You" going through my head.
I broke my bow as an 11 year old in string orchestra, I was then stuck with my nasty woolly 3/4 bow for a couple of months until we could afford a new bow...
Andrew Victor, funny you mention it: as I may have mentioned before, I know a current member of your old orchestra in Ridgecrest. She had a bow break at a rehearsal last fall, also shortly after arriving straight from a home with evaporative cooling.
I saw it happen 40 or 50 years ago.
Yes, it has! I was 14, practising the Bruch concerto. Which is very funny, because in German, "Bruch" means fracture.
BTW, someone still suffering from a severe NBAS flare here (Nice Bow Acquisition Syndrome).
An anonymous bow valued at 10K? Presumably by the seller.
Andrew remembers someone breaking their bow back in 1880 or so. :)
Steve, you're right in several ways. If it breaks, it's highly devalued even if repaired properly and brought back to its best playing abilities (which is possible with a head spline, but not so if the stick broke somewhere in the middle or upper half). And for market value, much more important than how it plays will be maker, provenance and collectability.
@George Wells, I also had a teacher who insisted that I should tighten my bow, maybe because he himself played with a baroque bow. He reckoned it would help produce a more confident tone. I did what he said, even though it went against all that my childhood teachers had taught me some 45 years ago. But I was now 60 and in great awe of my teacher, a charismatic young man.