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SOLD Tom Owen French Bow

Discussion in 'For Sale: Bows' started by Steve Freides, Mar 28, 2018.


  1. Steve Freides

    Steve Freides Former Mannes College Theory Faculty Supporting Member

    Dec 11, 2007
    Ridgewood, NJ
    Price:
    $900
    Location:
    New Jersey
    Style:
    French
    I own 3 Tom Owen bows, 2 French and 1 German. Each was appraised a few months ago by Bob Ames in Fort Lee, NJ at $2k. I bow French almost all the time now, and the bow I’m keeping has a thicker stick, which I prefer. FS here is an octagonal stick of what is normal bass bow thickness to me.

    There was a purely cosmetic chip that Bob repaired shortly after I got the bow a few years ago. The nature of the repair is such that, although I remember it was near the tip, I’m not sure which side it was on. (If you can tell from the photos, you have better eyes than me.)

    About all I can tell you about how it sounds is that I’ve heard it played on an old, very good bass and compared with some $20k+ bows. It doesn’t sound like a $20k bow, but it’s still pretty good, IMHO.

    Please PM if you’re interested.

    Thanks very much.

    -S-


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  2. Steve Freides

    Steve Freides Former Mannes College Theory Faculty Supporting Member

    Dec 11, 2007
    Ridgewood, NJ
    Price drop - $900 shipped to the lower 48.

    -S-
     
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  3. Pbassmanca

    Pbassmanca In the pocket n' thumpy. So woody, so greasy...

    Hey man, I don't play upright bass but holy cow! I had no idea a single bow could go for $20,000!
     
  4. Steve Freides

    Steve Freides Former Mannes College Theory Faculty Supporting Member

    Dec 11, 2007
    Ridgewood, NJ
    I just started a thread called Most Expensive Bow - interested to see what comes up. There's a similar thread about basses (upright) already.

    -S-
     
  5. LouisF

    LouisF Supporting Member

    Apr 21, 2003
    Los Angeles, CA
    Do you still have the German bow??
     
  6. Steve Freides

    Steve Freides Former Mannes College Theory Faculty Supporting Member

    Dec 11, 2007
    Ridgewood, NJ
    I do, indeed, still have the German bow. It is my only good German bow and I'm happy to keep it, even though I don't play it much. Interestingly - to me, anyway - it has characteristics not in either Tom Owen French bow. It's rather raucous sounding, for lack of a better word.

    -S-
     
  7. LouisF

    LouisF Supporting Member

    Apr 21, 2003
    Los Angeles, CA
    Thanks Steve. I remember going through the 4 or 5 German bows Tom sent me to try out - they ran the gamut fro raucous to meek. I kept two (raucous and its runner up, which I use regularly). He was quite a fascinating guy. I was lucky to speak with him a few times. Louis
     
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