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    • Bruce Smithhammer
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      Anyone know if there is a reliable way to date Martin Howatt bows – serial #’s? I’ve done a little digging (short of contacting Martin, which is my next step) and not turned up much so far…

    • droptine59
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      Hi,

      Your best bet is buying up as many catalogs as you can. I am a rabid Howatt collector and the serial number theory is out the window..
      You could call martin and s/w Larry Hatfield but I have found him incorrect on some Id’s.. but I ain’t telling him that.

      Rich lopez ?

    • Bruce Smithhammer
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      Thanks. I recently acquired a Savannah (which has quickly become my favorite bow, btw), SN# 6738. I e-mailed Martin customer service and gave them the SN#, and was told that the bow was manufactured in 1996. I don’t recall Savannahs being that old, so I called DH, and was told that the previous response was mistaken, and that based on the first number of the SN, the bow was produced in 2006.

      But if the SN# isn’t a reliable indication, how would one verify it from a catalog?

    • droptine59
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      Well let me slim it down. as far as bows pre 1990’s I will say the serial number is not reliable. 2006 for a savanna seems about right. As for catalog ID’s I am again speaking of 20th century collectable vintage bows not newer models. I apologize if i confused ya

    • Bruce Smithhammer
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      Cool, thanks. And I probably should have been more specific that my bow wasn’t vintage.

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