I am curious if any of you folks have ever had a bow restored? I am specifically interested in refinishing. I have a bow that I am quite smitten with. So much in fact that the other two sticks have been or are being sold. But, the stick needs a little TLC to look as good as it plays. The finish is almost completely gone. So much in fact that I fear for the well being of the wood as much as I would like to see be more attractive. Otherwise, it is decent shape. The frog, tip and everything else is fine as is. Maybe a little cleaning up and polishing. But, otherwise, it is good to go. This is the same bow that I posted the "bent bow" thread a while back. It has taken a few stray paths, but the stick is now straight as an arrow and plays like a dream. It sounds great also. The finish was pretty worn before, but the straightening, recambering process pretty much did it in. The stick is perfect now. It just looks really bad. This a octagonal bow of fine pernambuco. Thought to be a factory bow from the German Roth shop made sometime in the first half of the 20th century. Different folks have valued it from $700-1,200 depending on how it ultimately ends up looking. So, is dolling it up something to consider? Would refinishing a bow change the way it sounds? If so, anyone have any experiences as to how?