Arnold Voigt French Bow restoration?

Discussion in 'Bows and Rosin [DB]' started by Alexi David, Dec 5, 2005.

  1. Alexi David

    Alexi David

    May 15, 2003
    I've have an old French bow stamped Arnold Voigt. It is a beautiful stick - it begins octagonal, becomes round, then becomes oval at the tip! I forget the length, but it is a short bow. It also has silver lining, ivory tip, etc. It needs major restoration though - the head had broken in half and was reglued shodilly, the stick has cracked and been reglued (looks fine) and the frog needs to be rebuilt. My question is - would it be a good investment to restore the bow and use it or sell it? Is Arnold Voigt well known? I even have half of the original old case - thanks guys....

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  2. dbgal


    Nov 28, 2005
    A quick Google showed that your bow might be worth restoring- a collectors auction listed a AV cello bow in need of restoration that they expect to get between 80-120 bristish pounds & another british Bass shop lists an AV bass bow for 2,500 pounds (their calculator said that was something like $4,300). Your best bet would be to find a good luthier & take your bow to them- they'd be able to give you a better guess given the current condition of your bow.
  3. KSB - Ken Smith

    KSB - Ken Smith Inactive Commercial User

    Mar 1, 2002
    Perkasie, PA USA
    Owner: Ken Smith Basses, Ltd.
    A bow with a break anywhere in the stick is nearly impossible to sell. People use them if they have been repaired but I don't know of anyone that would actually buy a Bow with a repaired head or stick that had been split. Some classic Bows have replaced Frogs and retain as much as 50% of the value but a Broken stick has no Value in the market that I know of.
  4. Alexi David

    Alexi David

    May 15, 2003
    OK, so it seems that it wouldn't be worth the trouble to sell it. As far as playing it is concerned though, is the quality of the bow worth spending the money to repair it? Thanks again guys
  5. guadanini


    Nov 29, 2005
    I´ve a A.Voigt bow his mesures are 58cm length total. 52 hair length. and 128 gr weigth. eliptical stick...It´s really one of the best english bow maker of begining of last century.I recomend you a good restoration probably Lucchi italy can help you to restore your good bow.