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  1. Thanks guys. So to replace the pin in the underslide (with a correct pin, not mine), that would just be a filing-off process as on the heel plate, with less concern about filing the metal around the hole. Right? (Now I need figure out where that pin really came from.)
  2. Only slightly off topic... What about silver pins in the underslide? I noticed this pin lying inside my violin case, and looking at each of the bows in the case, I see that the WH Hammig is missing a pin (see photo). Is this pin the right length for that hole? lI'm inclined to just dab a bit of glue on it and stick back in. But since this is a nice bow, maybe it should be brazed or something to make the seam perfect? There is a second pin infront of the eyelet that is all but invisible. Thanks.
  3. I wonder, are those bridges from the Schreinzer and Shrine of Music collections covered in the book by MNetter Violinbridges, discussed here: Here's the website for the book itself: https://gerardkilbride.com/Products/violinbridges-hardback-book/
  4. https://ingleshayday.com/notable-sales-instrument/cello-by-girolamo-amati-ii-in-cremona-on-1690/ Is that the cello, David? Hard to see any signs that it was cut down in those photos, although I guess that length is suspiciously modern. Might the folks a Ingles & Hayday know?
  5. Richf

    Violin bow id

    Get one of those under-$10 black light flashlights on ebay. Real whalebone fluoresces under the UV, plastic does not. (You can find all kinds of blemishes on your violin with one, too.) It can be hard to distinguish the real from the plastic, even in person sometimes. Of course there is a more invasive technique suggested to me once, which I don't recommend -- stick a red hot pin into it. The plastic will melt, the real whalebone won't. All that aside, I concur with Brad's comment about not expecting to find whalebone on a near-new Chinese bow.
  6. Quick observations on the two cellos you're looking at. On the first one, looking at the side cracks extending from the bass-side corners, the corners seems to be unblocked. That's quite a lot of money for a German cello made like that, although it looks in good shape otherwise. The second cello....hard to find something nice to say about it, even though may sound great. There are poorly-repaired top cracks extending along the line of the bass bar, and one poorly-repaired crack move seriously close to the sound post. IMHO you could take a zero off that price and still never get your money back on that one. Sorry to be so negative.
  7. Richf

    Violin ID #6

    Quick check in Wikipedia: Norway would have left Denmark to become part of Sweden in 1814. The capital Chistiana reverted to Oslo in 1924.
  8. Brad, these bows have been sold as "French" by Southwest Strings: https://www.swstrings.com/product/bows/viola/GP-VOB20. But I see that a German shop associates them with GEWA: https://www.musik-schiller.de/en/8899-violabogen . I think GEWA is still a German company, so I give up. Given the price listed there (999Euros for a viola bow), they ain't cheap. A related question I would ask is, when did the U.S. stop requiring the country of manufacture to be stamped on bows sold here? Richard
  9. Hmmm. I'm pretty sure we had a live for-real Thomas Wenberg (aka Thomas Wilde) participating in a conversation here just a couple years ago:
  10. FWIW the bow is stamped Bruno Heinze. Not a name I am familiar with, but it looks like a potential useful silver-mounted bow. Any photos of the bow head?
  11. It looks like 3408 to me, too. That may be an inventory number stamped on the bow by the William Lewis & Son company in Chicago. I have a Nurnberger bow with a similar stamp. If you can find someone with their annual sales pamphlet "The Lewis Collection," probably from the late 1950s or early 1960s, you may be able to confirm that. (The latest pamphlet I have is for 1955, and at that time the inventory numbers only went up to about 2500. Hence the need to look at later dates.) I would be interested learn what other shops stamped on a number like that.
  12. Richf

    Bow Id

    I believe your bow is stamped "Durro Artist." The New York shop Buegeleisen & Jacobson marketed violins and bows by the fictitious maker Salvatore de Durro. From Roy Ehrhardt's collection of violin shop catalogs, Volume 1, in 1912 B&J advertised one Durro Artist bow for $8 and another with engraved frog and button for $16.23. For comparison, at the same time, they listed Nurnberger bows at between $15 and $45.
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