I am going to purschase a violin bow in the $500 - 900 range (that is my budget). I live near Shar and it is convienient to just go down there and try out some and bring a few home on trial. I was wondering though if it makes sense to consider an old bow as well? I have never purschased on "old bow" before and don't really know what you get for the money. In this price range would it be worth the extra effort to consider an older bow as well. I am a Cajun fiddler and so I use the bow differently in some ways then an advanced classical player would, but this bow will also be used at times by classical players trying out my instruments, although I am purschasing it primarily for my own use. Any thoughts?
Apologies for the plug I'm about to make, but I know Shar carries bows by Heiko Wunderlich. Most may be out of your stated price range; however, I found a nice H.W. at a local shop for around 700. Shar may have something comparable. I just found this one was far nicer than any other bow I tried for the price, so I figured I'd make a recommendation.