Taking bows across the border

Joanne Martin said: Apr 21, 2016
Joanne MartinTeacher Trainer
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Viola
Winnipeg, MB
13 posts

We’ve all heard horror stories about bows being impounded when crossing the border from Canada into the US, and I’m wondering if anyone has any recent news or advice? Ideally I should take my viola to the upcoming conference in Minneapolis, but obviously I want to keep my bows!

Joanne Martin

Barbara Eadie said: Apr 22, 2016
Barbara Eadie
Suzuki Association Member
Victoria, BC
4 posts

Is it possible to get some kind of paperwork that guarantees that the bow was manufactured before a certain date? I think the issue is ivory that has been used or harvested after the ban was put in place. I would suggest you talk to a reputable antique dealer and also the American Federation of Musicians. Both contacts could probably steer you in the proper direction.

Good luck!

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