Greg F.

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  1. Greg F.

    another bow

    Thank you for the comments. I'm hoping that it's a French bow (of course) but if it's just a good German bow that's ok too.
  2. Greg F.

    another bow

    This neat bow came my way. It's regular length but rather light (about 51.5 g without hair). Silver mounted. Two-piece heel (one pin for the small piece and two pins for the larger one, pins on the larger are tarnished like either nickel or brass). No pin that I can find on adjuster. Old wrap looks like tinsel. Smallish mortice is a snug fit for eyelet. Head looks nicely finished and chamfered. Two screws for underslide. No batch numbers on slide that I can see, nor on stick. Round but octagonal part extends beyond wrap somewhat. Wood has some crosshatching at head (pernambuco?). Anyway, thoughts and opinions are welcome. No name anywhere that I can find.
  3. I don't know who made it but looks nice to my eyes. Can't tell for sure, but are there some letters on the underside at the end where "Germany" or such is often stamped? I wonder if the broad shallow camphering and protruding tongue might give a clue as to what school or workshop it came from.
  4. I'd say it's pretty much impossible for the seller. Most everything on ebay/paypal is biased in the buyer's favor. FWIW, I've been selling (and buying) on ebay for about 20 years with somewhere around 20,000 transactions, including ones to all parts of the world.
  5. Here's a pic. There are others on Don's Bench thread.
  6. Don Noon. I'm very pleased with it, although I cut the end of a finger the other day chopping vegetables so I haven't played it as much as I'd like.
  7. In conclusion, this bow was authenticated as a genuine Lamy pere bow. The certificate did not note that any of the parts (adjuster, etc.) were replacements. It has been sold and the proceeds went to a good cause (a handmade violin).
  8. Just a public thanks to Dontonio Noonarius for the fine violin he kindly allowed me to buy. Now if we can the house back together and sell it (and load up, move to Beverly, unload, etc.) I will get back to practicing more.
  9. My bow sold is sold and I'm planning to use the proceeds to buy a handmade American violin. Cool.
  10. Or what if poor Giuseppe was more interested in making it sound good than to match the finish standards of 2017? Or maybe the rent was due? Yes, it's fun to speculate. Even a know-nothing like me can do so. It's what makes the internet such a fun place to visit.
  11. My very limited background: I've successfully (to varying degrees) rehaired about 30 bows and have no special expertise. My "jig" includes using my feet. Sometimes my wife ties a knot for me. I don't know if any of my bows are worth $300 or not. The last time I paid for a rehair it was $50, so I'd say it's worth it for your bow. All FWIW.
  12. It's been a long time since I heard that phrase. Cool.
  13. I was intending to refrain from anything further, but no, I'm not vexed by such. Anyway, I hope the OP has a genuine rare violin, that he sells it for a good price and that, understandably, an intermediary makes money as well. Who's against making money? Suppose for a moment that this thread started with the OP's question and the only response was "show it to expert X and he'll tell you what to do". How helpful or useful would that have been? If it were me I'd be pretty suspicious.
  14. I have no doubt that you know better than me. But this is the internet and we are having a public discussion of the various methods of selling something, which can hopefully air out all the pros, cons, nuances, and whatnots of such sales for the benefit of the OP. Perhaps this open discussion, even if nearly all the participants have no first hand knowledge of high dollars sales, is beneficial in some way? Perhaps more beneficial than the numerous private entreaties that the OP has received? Anyway, I'm finding this discussion interesting and insightful, but will leave it to the experts now.
  15. Although my selling "expertise" is in another area, I tend to agree with this. The high end violin business seems rather seedy. Sell it auction; let the dealers, investors and players fight over it and hope for the best. At least it will sell (in your lifetime). BTW, since when did well heeled buyers ever pay "full msrp" for anything? I thought they knew better?
  16. This thread shows a catalog page with a wide frog bow:
  17. Here's one I have that is marked Germany and also some info from a 1908 Sears catalog for a bow with a similar adjuster that has "extra wide frog".
  18. I have one on a nondescript (German, as I recall) stick as well. Such "wide body" frogs were offered on bows sold by Sears in the early 1900s.
  19. Carl Becker (1919-2013) Luiz Bellini (1935-2015) Gadda (Mario? Gaetano?) Ferdinando Garimberti (1894-1982) Franz Kinberg Poggi (1893-1984) Sacconi (1895-1973) Others? Any boomers who died relatively young?
  20. I'm no expert, but they look nice but rather "plain" (whatever that means).
  21. Not to mention that things we take for granted were more time consuming then than today. We flush a toilet, they... We open the fridge and microwave something, they... We switch on a light, they... We have power tools, they... Etc.
  22. Just for fun I checked the wiki on Guarneri. There is a list of his instruments (probably incomplete). 11 are noted as "1732", 3 as "c. 1732", and 1 as "c. 1732-33". I don't know how accurate this data is. Presumably some of his 1732 instruments have not survived. So was he very productive in that year, average, below or? If about 1/2 of Strads have survived and applying a similar factor to Guarneri, is it reasonable that he might have made 25-30 violins in 1732 or not?
  23. Thanks for the post and especially the names.