Greg F.

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  1. 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. The head looks nice. What does the rest of it look like?
  3. Are you sure about the density you measured?
  4. Greg F.

    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. Probably endless. Pointless is up for debate.
  6. Yes indeed. Of course, pointless and endless arguments are pretty much the whole and endless point of most internet discussions.
  7. 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. 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. Greg F.

    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. Greg F.

    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. Whatever was done it looks remarkably "sterile".
  12. Yes, that's the one. It just looks to have less noticeable grain than the others.
  13. 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. 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.
  15. I have yet to leave the station, so arriving is out of the question.
  16. Greg F.

    bow wood id

    Maybe this pic of the brand will help a tiny bit (or maybe not):
  17. Greg F.

    bow wood id

    I came across an interesting (to me) catalog from 1892 that had both an "imitation" Bausch and "genuine" Bausch for sale. The former at $5 and the latter at $8.13 (neither being a small sum in 1892 as many workers made $2 or less per day). Since the real Bauschs were gone by this time (1874 if wikipedia is to be believed) then is it reasonable that the "genuine" Bausch was a product of the "real" firm that carried on using the name? I've also included another scan of the brand on my "Bausch" bow discussed above and wonder if the brand is consistent with an old bow (before WWI) (the brand is very faint, the "L" starts just to the left of the tongue, the pic is the best I can do with my scanner). (BTW, the adjuster on this bow is certainly a much newer replacement). Thanks in advance.
  18. Greg F.

    another bow

    A couple more pics under different lighting. I'd like for this one to be pernambuco but I'm not sure.
  19. Greg F.

    another bow

    Brad, Thanks for the detailed info. Very informative. All I had to go on were side views of a some auction bow pictures. The Tarisio site has a number of Otto Hoyer bows shown a couple of which, to my eyes, have heavy thumb projections that are roughly parallel with the stick and that's the only similarity that I picked up on. I wasn't claiming it was a Hoyer bow, just that I noted some similarity of the frog shapes with one or two shown by Tarisio. Greg
  20. Greg F.

    another bow

    I sent an email to Mr. Gruenke and will let you know if he has anything to say. I enjoy noodling with old bows and here's a no-name one that looked to have good wood. I added the thumb piece, copper wire and hair. The tip plate was only half there (I crudely kludged an extra bit onto the tip). Nothing extraordinary, but if someone has an opinion on the type of wood that would be appreciated.
  21. Greg F.

    another bow

    Thanks for the suggestions. I will do some searching and perhaps make an inquiry or two.
  22. Greg F.

    another bow

    Brad, The Hoyer bows I looked at are pictured on the Tarisio site but I can't link directly to any of them. There are significant differences among those shown, but they are all just side views. What should one be looking for to identify a Hoyer frog? I haven't yet checked any bows by the other makers noted above. Thanks, Greg
  23. Greg F.

    another bow

    Thank you for the informative replies. I did a quick check of some pics of Hoyer bows and there were some with similar frogs. I will check the other makers suggested as well. Unfortunately, few of the pics online show anything underneath, etc.
  24. FWIW, the brand on the Lamy bow that I sold was very weak but enough to make it out as "A. Lamy a Paris".
  25. Greg F.

    another bow

    So, in summary: "...pernambuco of good quality. I like the carving of the head too. " "...it's probably a German student stick." "...point to German , (a good quality one)" Anyway, it looks nice to me and I will rehair it, etc., as I don't have many silver mounted bows.