I am at an early stage in my violin journey and have recently purchased my first violin. In my search for a bow, I came across a wood bow stamped "LOWENDALL'S". I am in the process of comparing its playability, sound production and balance with other bows, but as I work through this, I was wondering if anyone here has experience using these bows (about which information seems to be rather scarce).
Thank you in advance for your help! :)
lowendall was not maker, but a dealer, bows with his stamp are all over the place on quality from cheap to half decent, the better ones will be real silver, not nickel, look for signs of black tarnish to indicate silver, nickel tends to tarnish green
Thank you, Lyndon. It looks largely free of tarnish, to my eye.
try unscrew the frog and look at the slide under the stick for tarnish, this would usually be silver on a silver mount bow and when people polish they often miss the slide
I just checked and there is a little black-appearing tarnish there.
Then its probably a silver mount Markneukirchen bow, those start at about $1000 in good shape. retail that is, but you might want more proof its silver before paying that much as the nickel ones could be $500 or less
Great, thank you very much for all the information!
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