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  1. Thanks to all for the very helpful comments. Richard
  2. Here are a few additional pics. I find bows especially difficult to photograph -- the nice flaming in the wood doesn't show here at all. Not sure if it's anything more than a "normal" bow, but I'm a sucker for pretty wood. Just now, I'm really only interested in what kind of wrapping to get.
  3. This looks potentially like a nice bow. Once it gets hair, the weight should come out about 60 grams with the current leather lapping. (No maker stamps, but I'm assuming Saxon circa 1900.) Could this leather be original, in which case should I try to keep it? I've never seen leather on a better bow before. My inclination is to go with silk thread, to improve the looks and to keep the balance right. Thanks for any suggestions. Richard
  4. Interesting that the spam programmers could post (even if only the title) without going thru the "I'm not a robot" filter, but then only for the home page listing, not the boards. I'm not the best programmer on the planet. I've given it some thought but still can't figure it out. For any first time visitors this morning, all the cyrillic script and mandarin characters in the discussion listing would have been pretty scary. Glad to know there was no content behind them.
  5. It's strange that the list of current discussions on the Homepage is almost all spam, but the individual boards don't show any. That is, if you only go directly to Pegbox or Fingerboard or Auction Scroll, you would never see the problem.
  6. I'm curious. What's the story with Freemans Auction in Philadelphia? Have they been big on musical instrument sales for long? Is that vast collection in their May sale something associated with Fred Oster? (Hard to imagine that many interesting items coming randomly from individual consignors in the absence of a major marketing effort.) How good are their attributions? Thanks. Richard
  7. (Sorry, got off track)
  8. In addition to Wenberg, Ron Midgett compiled about 20 years ago a long list of Massachusetts makers, including about 20 makers from Springfield. Alas, no Danks there. But if that is just his repair label, that was pretty nice work for someone who hadn't trained as a maker. You might try to reach Ron, in case he has added to his list since then. Sorry, but I have no address info for him.
  9. Richf

    f hole mystery

    Just about all the designs painted on this instrument are cataloged very nicely in Olga Adelmann's book "Die Alemannische Schulz" (see pics). If you take a look at her work you will see there is no question that that's what this is. Some the flower decorations indeed look like the lilies of the french kings. On many of the f holes documented there the extreme top and bottom of the wings connect to the top plate (see pic). So, if your f holes looked like they were messed with, it may have been to "free" the wings. As for the original scroll, if you could find a good American church bass, many of those have scrolls that look much like those on the Alemannische heads.
  10. Richf

    The Strad

    Cancel your credit card payment to them. That will usually get the attention of a human being. Good luck.
  11. That style of tailpiece, described as Viennese, was discussed here in more detail:
  12. Before this thread disappears, I would like to mention bows from this firm. From auction results, they seem to come in varying grades, like the violins. I have had two bows stamped Lowendalls. The one I still have is a good pernambuco stick with silver mounts. Not my best bow, but too good to let go. It looks much like bows I've had from other good Saxon makers. With growing regret I sold the other years ago, before I knew much about bows. It was stamped Lowendalls on one side and Imperial on the other. From paper work that came with it, it had been silver mounted. By the time it came to me, an ill-fitting nickel frog had replaced the original and someone had messed up the head while fitting a new tip. But the pernambuco stick was probably the nicest I've ever had. Grunke et al thought those came from the Knopf shop. No "Germany" stamps, so likely made turn of the century, as Grunke mentions.
  13. Many thanks, Coo. That's one less book I have to buy. Very strange approach, to string maker dictionary entries into a narrative like that.
  14. This 52-page booklet by James Fleming is said to be a compilation of articles on the subject. Copies of it are eBay just now, and cheap. I have books on English makers and Scottish makers, but nothing on the Irish. Does anyone have an opinion on the usefulness of this book for identification purposes that they would like to share? Thanks, Richard