Greg F.

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  1. Anyone else think the art world has gone mad

    If I had a spare billion this is not the Leonardo that would attract my interest. I'd go for the one in the (US) National Gallery of Art. Perhaps they will someday decide to deaccession it shortly after I win the Power Ball? But then I'd have to start playing the Power Ball (unfortunately, I'm not gullible enough to).
  2. Bow, what kind of wood?

    The head looks nice. What does the rest of it look like?
  3. Basic Acoustics Resource

    Are you sure about the density you measured?
  4. another bow

    I rehaired my bow and though it's rather light (about 54.5 grams) it seems to draw a good sound and works well with my newbie repertoire (mostly fiddle tunes). So I'm happy, even if I don't know who made it.
  5. Only the good survive

    Probably endless. Pointless is up for debate.
  6. Only the good survive

    Yes indeed. Of course, pointless and endless arguments are pretty much the whole and endless point of most internet discussions.
  7. Only the good survive

    People knowledgeable about Stradivarius' production (not me, I think the Hills studied it) have estimated that somewhere around 1100 instruments were made of which perhaps 60% have survived in one form or another. This is, to my mind, rather remarkable. My recollection is that knowledgeable estimates of Del Gesu survivals are even higher than that of Stradivarius. How many 300 (or more) year old fragile utilitarian objects have survived at similar (estimated) percentages. I doubt there are many.
  8. Only the good survive

    Regarding the survival of Strads, I'd say it's astounding that something over 50% are believed to still exist (as an aside, what % of Amati's violins are thought to have survived?). Consider that they are wood, fragile, made for a utilitarian purpose, etc. They were never made to be hung on a wall and just looked at. And then consider the upheavals in Europe over the past 300+ years.
  9. screws

    I've read that screws for the underslides of bows are more common on German ones, but wonder if anyone can help expand on this topic. For example, I assume that there is a date before which screws were not used by anyone. True? If so, when did the use of screws by some makers become common. Does it make a difference regarding makers or schools if the screws are brass, nickel or other? One screw or two? Does their location relative to the eyelet matter?
  10. another bow

    No word from Mr. Gruenke to my out-of-the-blue email. Not surprising as it is understandably best for him to ignore such inquiries. I have a question about screws for the underslide. Is there a date at which such screws came into general use? What are the various metals used for such: brass, nickel, silver, other? Is a particular metal more common to a particular school or country? Does the location of the screws relative to the eyelet mean anything? Just wondering.
  11. Bow Wood Identification

    Whatever was done it looks remarkably "sterile".
  12. Bow Wood Identification

    Yes, that's the one. It just looks to have less noticeable grain than the others.
  13. Bow Wood Identification

    fiddlecollector, Terrific group of pics and very very informative. Re the pernambuco bows, I'm having a hard time seeing the similarity of bow #18 (counting top to bottom then left to right) to the other pernambuco bows. Maybe something about the finish? Just wondering, Greg
  14. Another Bow for Discussion

    I'm no expert so take what I say with a giant grain of salt. The chamfering (and lack thereof) on the head looks somewhat crude and unfinished. Nothing jumps out (to my eyes) about the wood being special. Full nickel silver mounted frog, etc., suggests middle of the road student bow. Maybe one of our true experts will render an opinion soon.