Buying a Burke bow not in perfect condition?
I'm thinking of buying a Noel Burke bow priced at €7,600. It's a great bow but has a chip on the outside of the frog which has been repaired. Would this be an issue down the road for re-selling? Is €7,600 too much for one of his bows considering it's not in perfect condition?
You might do well to inquire at Maestronet
Thank you for your advice, I appreciate it.
There may be a time when a tiny chip out of the frog will allow it to be considered near-mint. I have an older bow with that, and it gets huge interest from appraisers. But as Andrew says, it all depends.
If it plays and sounds fantastic I would think it's a good deal. For makers like Mr. Burke I'd reckon values will only go up over time. Is it gold or silver mounted?
I would second Andrew's recommendation. Maestronet.com Pegbox offers access to highly knowledgable
You can also go to Tarisio.com and look at auction sales for the maker- the Burke's listed show a most recent sale at almost 11k$. A retail price would be very roughly double that. But at those prices you should also expect documentation, letter of authenticity, etc..
Sometimes items at auction go for full retail in a bidding war so you cannot assume retail is twice the highest auction price, it might be but not always
Thanks, Lyndon, for pointing that out.
The problem you have mentioned does not affect the playability of the bow. It seems you are looking for a tool for making music, so playability is the most important thing.
Five years ago when we were bow shopping his wait list for a commission was a year and a half, so it's understandable if a good-playing bow of his sells in a shop at close to the current commission price.
I don't think Burkes are trading like Rolex Submariners, which are 2x list when bought on the secondary market, but shortages do push up prices.
I would contact noel and see what he has, or what his waiting list is like...and theres a lot to be said for directly supporting a luthier. But if you really like the bow I doubt that paying a little more or less will matter....after a few years it will owe you nothing.
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