One of local symphony members came by to check out my bass which is for sale for a friend of his. He was surprised to learn the price I paid for my Robert Dow French bow; he said it was worth quite a bit more now as his prices and demand had gone up. He also brought his satory, easily the best bow I had ever played; it was convincing to try it on my bass which I know so well. It got me thinking about whether I might be able to rationalize a bow upgrade for myself as a sound financial investment. Im fortunate enough to save a good chunk of my income into a Roth IRA, which has done fine since I started, especially given the crisis of last few years. I wondered if I took the same amount of money Ive been investing over a year and used it to upgrade to a bow which is likely to appreciate over the next 40 years if I would do well with it. Obviously old have to love the bow as well, but if thought I could earn some value in it that would be great. It would obviously have to be something in high demand, and while I can't afford a satory, I could probably commission a Sue Lipkin an have enough saved by the time it was completed to pay for it. What do you think? Feasible? My experience with the Dow is that it made as much as the market over the last 7 years since I bought it. I should mention I'm not an orchestra player but I do love the bow and play and practice with it all the time. I think my audiences seem to respond very positively to my bowed solos and much more so since I got the Dow.