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  1. And just in case someone doesn't think fake labels come in colors:
  2. FWIW I'm wondering if the labeled "maker" is Anton Schroetter. If so here's a little discussion of that brand from a couple years ago: https://maestronet.com/forum/index.php?/topic/342082-anton-schroetter-cello-maker-info/ . Although unlikely to be highly valuable, if mold is your only problem, it might be worth putting it back into service as a good student instrument.
  3. I think I'm reading "swiss made" on one side of the bow. Could that be right? The other side seems to have a much sharper stamp, but I can only make out "IN." Also, I'm wondering if the adjuster is a different metal from the rest of the bow.
  4. Verband Deutscher Geigenmacher and Bogenmacher -- VDG
  5. For a 1970s bow, the stamp could be "W. Germany," with the W hidden under the frog. ??? But didn't the bows of that period from Berlin originate in the Soviet sector of the city? In that case, I would have thought the stamp would acknowledge that. Also, going back to the pins vs. screws question, my understanding is that both were used (although not on the same bow). Here is a photo from the VDG book on the Nurnberger family.
  6. Hmmm. Maybe Mittenwald after all? This needs better eyes than mine.
  7. Neat, very old fiddle! Is it full size (body length about 14 inches)? Can you add a photo of the ribs at the tail end, to see if it has a one-piece lower rib? (I wouldn't guess Mittenwald at this point, but a question about the lower ribs is sure to come up.) Someone here will have an idea of where it's from, for sure. Definitely not something ready for a Goodwill donation, even in its current condition.
  8. A couple more historical figures... I believe Olga Adelmann gets credit as the first German maker to pass the master's exam, in Berlin just before WW2. I've never seen one of her instruments. But years ago I did have another Berliner instrument, a very nice viola labeled as by Greta Tennigkeit, 1923, with the interior note "student of Otto Mockel" (auf deutsch naturlich). That is the only example of her work that I know of.
  9. And what, may I ask, are those fillings repairing?
  10. The best answer would probably come from the best source: http://hweisshaar.com . Good luck!
  11. The really old timers here may recall member Al Stancel. Somewhere in the Old Posts, Al had said there was a machine that produced most of the lion head scrolls that you will see. My comment on this years ago was that I can't imagine how such a machine works, but the total uniformity of the heads showing up from the late 1800s to early 1900s convinces me that he was right. Just search ebay for "lion head violin," looking within the item description, too. On any day of the week there are dozens of them for sale, from France as well as Germany. Most of the heads show up on cheap (aka "fancy") violins. When the full tongue is present, it will be red -- a feature some may find disturbing.
  12. There was a style of Hill case (circa 1930s?) that included clips to hold the button end of the bow (see photo). The scratches on this Pfretz bow are probably why they abandonned that and went back to spinners.
  13. More likely they believed the cello bow stamp was “Herm W Prell Paris.” My guess on the cello was that the American “maker” put his name in a nice Saxon instrument. Removing the tag will boost the value significantly, even without the 2 bows.
  14. 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.)
  15. 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.
  16. 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/
  17. 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?
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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
  22. 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:
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