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A very fine French certified bass bow by E.A. Ouchard,ca.1930..

Discussion in 'Bows and Rosin [DB]' started by Andy Mopley, Jul 16, 2017 at 3:12 AM.

  1. Andy Mopley

    Andy Mopley

    Sep 24, 2011
    is listed on ebay for US25K - help me understand, where is the money going in a bow like this? i can understand a rare gem, a vintage car, a double bass or other instrument, but this much money for a bow? What would give it this much value?
  2. Jon Stefaniak

    Jon Stefaniak Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2000
    Tokyo, Japan
    That's a difficult question to answer quickly. Desirability for collectors and players pushes up the prices of certain makers.
    Don't get too obsessed with prices, or think that price is directly connected to the value for the player - it isn't.
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  3. Jon Stefaniak

    Jon Stefaniak Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2000
    Tokyo, Japan
    I thought I'd add, there was a bow by Nicolas Maline on eBay a couple of years ago that the seller wanted $45,000 for...
    Have you guys seen this?!?!?!? - Ken's Corner (Bass Forums Sponsored By KSB) (pardon my ksb forum link)

    At 60cm and 163g, it is not a model most players would really want nowadays, but it is a bit of French bow history you can play. Is it worth 45k? Not to me. I am sure it is powerful and easy to handle, but really short by modern standards.
    Last edited: Jul 17, 2017 at 2:42 AM
  4. Jon Stefaniak

    Jon Stefaniak Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2000
    Tokyo, Japan
    Ok, one more thought on your question.. then I'll leave it be.

    This seller is listing every item from A. Gartsman Violins. I don't think these are real prices, really. Maybe possible, but close to twice what you might see in a normal auction situation. These are maybe up on eBay as an advertisement... like " look what we have in the store!"
    I mean, really... $195,000 for a Tourte cello bow. As great a bow as it may be, it doesn't even have the original frog.. That just seems to be pushing it to me.
    This is a strange business.
    Last edited: Jul 17, 2017 at 10:17 AM
  5. Phil Rowan

    Phil Rowan Supporting Member

    Mar 2, 2005
    Brooklyn, NY
    I feel like it's also a matter of, some folks will charge whatever they think they can get for something (whether an instrument or anything else). It's all pretty absurd (to me, at least). I can understand $12K - $14K for a Fetique that's all original, but if some shop asks something like $50K for the same thing? No sir, I don't like it.