Greg F.

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  1. Define them however you like. So, any "discoveries" you're willing to share with us?
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    Bow Brands

    Another thread got me wondering about bow stamps. There are quite a number of very old bows by famous makers, that (presumably) were used extensively by professionals, that have remarkably clear brands on them after all these years ((judging by ones shown on various auction sites). Is there a chance that some of these have been "touched up"?
  3. Leaving aside the near zero chance of finding a "loose" Strad in the attic, does anyone have any more genuine "discoveries" (i. e. valuable instruments or bows found in unlikely places) that they'd care to share?
  4. Beautifully done. But I'm a bit surprised that the thread has gotten this long without someone claiming how inferior she is to Oistrakh or some other long dead player.
  5. Most all of my bows are cheapies, but I wonder if it's reasonable to think that, given the relative paucity of good bow wood, that older bows, including "factory" ones, are potentially a better source of good sticks than ordinary bows of more recent vintage ("artisan" bows excepted, of course).
  6. I don't know what it is but wouldn't mind owning it. Looks old. Is the weight 56.4 or 54.6 g? In general, are older bows more or less likely to be lighter than 60g?
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    whale bone

    I have a cheapie bow that looks to have an imitation whale bone lapping. It is only marked Germany. For the purposes of getting a rough date, when did imitation whale bone come into use? Also, is it fair to assume that "Germany" puts it before WWII? Thanks in advance.
  8. This thread may not have a point, but fwiw here's an old combo bow I'm putting together for fun. The nickel mounted frog came on a broken stick (missing head) that had a mostly illegible brand that MIGHT have ended in Dresden. The design of the eye looks like that on a bow sold by Sears around 1908. The stick was found without a frog. It has old silver wrapping. It needed a tip plate and I found one on a junker bow that fit ok. The frog also fit this stick surprisingly well. The stick needed some straightening (I used a hair dryer and my thigh for such). I haven't finished rehairing it, but am hopeful that it will function ok. Old cheapie bows are neat and educational (for me, anway).
  9. So a violin is only of value if it fits the standards of a (classical) professional? I guess the VSO factories were only catering to the rank beginners and nothing they produced could possible have been a satisfactory instrument for a "fiddler", a small group of amateurs, a talent intermediate who only played for his family, a player in a community orchestra, etc. Sounds a bit like saying only a race car can have value since it is the only auto that meets the requirements of a professional driver. All others are "worthless" auto shaped objects.
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    4 bows

    Here is a page from the 1908 Sears catalog showing some bows similar to yours. A pic of a bow similar to their $2.80 one. I think old inexpensive bows are neat.
  11. Way beyond my knowledge base, but thanks for the quiz. Re #9 on my list, there is a modern player of (nearly) the same name. But to rap this up I'll give the answer: Anatol Kaminsky.
  12. Looks heavily skewed towards players of the "recording" era. I wonder how Liszt would fair among historical pianists?
  13. Ok, another guess. Son of Geminiani.
  14. Very wild guess: Johann Christian Bach. (Be gentle)
  15. Very good. Did the hint help? That leaves #9 on my list and the one Addie posted.
  16. Yes to #8. And yes to #7 being a violist. For a clue to #6, his violin was in the news in recent years.
  17. A very good start. Thanks! 2) Szigeti 4) Kreisler 5) Heifitz ('gone native" in Mexico) 8) no, not Kubelik 10) Milstein
  18. No guesses? BTW, I screwed up on one. He's actually a violist.
  19. More pics of extinguished violinists (some of whom might also be distinguished).