The bows are quite different. The bow that came to America with my wife's Great Grandfather is a nice round Pernambuco made by a archetier who's name began with an "H" (the rest has worn off over the decades).
My other bow is an Adolph C. Schuster*** silver mounted, octagonal complete with Eagle impression on the frog (yeah, it's the real deal). This is my power bow. It has the ability to create volume from the violins it has worked with. It is definitely for the stage, not the studio. I acquired it when I was looking for a "better" violin (that's another story).
While the "better" violin has been sold to a better musician, I still have the Schuster.
I did a bit of searching as part of updating my home insurance and discovered that my Schuster has a market value well over $3000. My family violin isn't worth near that much money.
As I noted, the Schuster is too loud for my studio and it can be a bit much.
I have the feeling that I should sell it. I no longer preform on stage because my osteoarthritic hands have become quite unreliable. A community orchestra doesn't deserve a second violin that can disappear when the hand cramps hit hard.
If you were in my position, what would you do?Tweet
If you still had the bow you could post some photos at the Maestronet.com "The Pegbox" and probably get a lot of replies.
I would be interested in the "other story."
"...the right hands" That is a real issue for me. My fear is that somebody will simply monetize the bow rather than put it to good use.
Like, "Joe's Violin" I think about donating it to a good music school/program where it goes out on loan to a good violinist who will grow through it to an even better bow and cycle through the program.
I've amortized the cost a long time ago and, despite it's market value, it owes me nothing. And a donation gets me a good tax deduction in the process.
I've actually thought about doing the same thing with my violin although it would be something of a first full-size in a program.
All of this is due to being in my mid-70's with diminishing skills. While I don't "give-up" easily, the day is coming when I last close the lid on my violin case and pass it along as I close my studio.
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