Greg F.

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  1. George, Thank you for the pics. Much appreciated. Greg
  2. Does anyone have images of bows from any of the old Metropolitan Music catalogs, especially ones before 1940? Thanks in advance.
  3. The internet at its finest: "full of sound and fury, signifying nothing".
  4. Greg F.

    German bow

    Thanks for your thoughts.
  5. Greg F.

    German bow

    A recent addition to my "bow pile". Anything to suggest a specific maker or school? Thanks in advance.
  6. Is the type wood on your decent bow different than most other Nippon bows?
  7. What makes their bows not worth rehairing? Is it simply a matter of the wood used?
  8. Wood looks good. I'd go with mid-quality German made trade bow, but I'm by no stretch of the imagination an expert.
  9. Thanks. I was hoping that the inventory number, etc., might indicate the firm that marketed or made the bow. Just wishful thinking on my part.
  10. Very interesting discussion. Thank you all. Re modern factory bows, does this label mean anything to anyone? It's on an unsigned modern bow that came with a small bundle of misc. bows that I bought a while back.
  11. I've bought a number of clunker violins on ebay but generally my price point is pretty low so even the worst weren't great loses. I chalk most of them up to my education. Most of the violins that I've purchased (all inexpensive and old factory instruments) have come with bows, some of which were decent (and a few worth more than the violins, from what I've been able to gather on MN and elsewhere). I avoid purchasing from obvious dealers and have learned (with help from MN'ers and elsewhere) how to suspect modern instruments/bows. I'm neither an expert nor a dealer in violins and bows. Just an interested hobbiest who enjoys tinkering with them. Ebay isn't and never was for everybody, but I have fun buying there from time to time.
  12. I've been on ebay buying and selling (very little in violins but mostly another collectible area) since 1997. Best buy (profit wise) was a bow. Cost $60, sold for $8000. After expenses, etc., it covered the purchase of a modern handmade violin and then some.
  13. Greg F.

    Snakewood bows

    Thanks for the info. When I looked at Ben's bow it struck me as being amourette (some of your many previous posts on bow wood have greatly helped me in getting at least an inkling for identifying bow wood varieties).
  14. All finished it came in at 58.7 g. First test run was ok but it needs more rosin.
  15. Rather generic, I'll assume.
  16. For a slow winter day's project I picked up this bow (marked Germany, among other things). Looks to be silver mounted, two piece heel, screws for under slide look to be brass, eyelet almost looks like silver. Any ideas on the school, shop, etc.? As always, thanks for any replies and info.
  17. My thoughts: Insanely wide grained top. Neat scroll. Looks well done.
  18. Looks ok to my amateur eyes as well. For the price you paid there seems to be little downside. If it works for your son (after modest adjustment) then that's great. If not then you're not out too much. Beware of the "plunge". It can be addicting.
  19. Many years ago I was in the same boat with my son. We visited a few shops but in the end I went the auction route. It's not for everyone. My son ended up with a couple good instruments (repairs by a local luthier added to the their overall cost, but nothing in the vicinity of $1500 as they weren't basket cases or seriously "out of date") and I ended up with a pile of clunkers to tinker with (and quite a number of bows). I even learned a thing or two about minor repairs. I don't recall exactly what my total outlay was but it was less than the one we were considering from the shop ($5000). Eventually the clunkers laying around piqued my interest in becoming a late learner on the instrument. After a while, many of the extras were sold off (mostly at a "loss"), but I did quite well on one bow. I'm not recommending the auction approach, just relating my experience. Good luck.
  20. 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).
  21. The head looks nice. What does the rest of it look like?
  22. Are you sure about the density you measured?