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  1. I feel as if we're saying the same thing. If a ferrule is worn or thin, it will distort, regardless of material. My observation is that the distortion of a healthy ferrule would be more related to the cut/fit/installation technique than the choice of material. Basswood has been used successfully for a very long time by master makers and repairmen, internationally (I've spoken to Hill-trained makers that recalled dumpster-diving behind piano shops to reclaim basswood piano keys for spread wedge material). I'm happy to to defer to your considerable experience, of course.
  2. A well cut/fitted spread wedge of basswood/willow/mahogany shouldn't distort the ferrule, well-cut being the operative factor. If you shove any ill-fitting material with force, I wouldn't necessarily scrutinize the material.
  3. I use Maple for the frog and head plugs and Basswood for the Spreadwedge. In the southeast US, I fear that basswood head and frog plugs would not do well with the wide humidity swings (ie plugs installed in the humid summer would shrink in the dry winter and come loose). The maple I use is near bridge quality reclaimed flooring from the 1926 Sears and Roebuck building across the street from us. I like maple for the plugs for their stability. When cut to fit properly, compression is unnecessary. The Spreadwedge does need compression and I find basswood (lime) is a perfect material.
  4. No shame in that, and I'm In no hurry. When you do get a chance, it would be appreciated!
  5. Nathan, any chance you could post pics of your bow? I'd love to see it.
  6. I purchased this bow some time ago. I sold it and then ended up getting it back in trade, due to me realizing how much I liked it after it was gone. It is stamped G. Siefert Liepzig, it's of nicely flamed pernambuco, and silver mounted. The slide is silver and engraved "F.H. Appelhoff from Roseburg Orchestra". I did a little research and found an article dated 1905 from a Roseburg, Oregon newspaper advertising the Roseburg Orchestra performing a pops program under the baton of former concertmaster, Professor Appelhoff. I may have posted this here years ago, but I cannot find it within the Mnet search function, and I was hoping I might benefit from any new eyes that might have an opinion on the origin and age of the bow. I have an idea of the shop it may have come from, but I'd love to hear your thoughts. I do not want to sell it (as I said, I did that once and regretted it)! I've taken some time off of Mnet for a while now, but I am now the bow restorer/specialist for Voss Violins, LLC in Atlanta, GA. I would like to thank all of you, as I have this position, in no small part, to the years I've spent here and, more notably, the time well-spent intensively learning bow restoration from my dear friend, Joshua Henry. Thank you for looking!
  7. C.B.Fiddler

    Bow ID

    The pics are blurry to see anything specific. The button appears too big for the stick and either the eyelet is loose, or the frog doesn't match either. Wood quality appears to be student level as does the the workmanship. Not sure why you've placed it @ 1890, but I expect later.
  8. C.B.Fiddler

    Bow ID

    Yes, Brad, it's a Hoyer. Good eye. Though, I'm not sure who pinned the button rings. Otto wasn't big on that.
  9. Just as a general guideline: measuring from the bottom of the lining to the bottom of the frog, most violin frogs are less than or equal to 17mm tall. Violas tend to be taller. There will always be exceptions.
  10. Shockingly, Larry, she's not returned with Grandpappy's old Strad yet...
  11. Very similar process to Josh Henry. It's nice to see masters at work! http://www.fineviolinbows.com/Repair-spline.htm
  12. No, there are parts of a bow that get replaced with wear: hair, thumb leather, even ivory tips. That said, an effort is made to "do no harm" and keep the bow as the maker intended. Repairs are a necessity when needed. Removing/replacing perfectly good original parts of the bow due to an ineffective law is another issue. Unfortunately, I, and many others, know that many bows are being altered in order to maneuver past these laws.
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