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    Professional cellist, forever attempting to learn more about the tools we use.
    2005 David Caron called “Heavenly Voice.”

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  1. All right, I respect your thoughts and how you express them, And I am grateful for that. I feel the same.
  2. Jeffrey, Do you think this one looks genuine? If so, could you explain, please? I’d be grateful.
  3. I am not seeing what everybody else seems to see. That looks to me like a very ordinary German trade bow.
  4. You might consider taking the frog off. Look and see whether the under slide is pinned or has screws, or neither, and look and see whether the mortise is square or round. The rubber tubing instead of leather/silver Is another indication of low initial cost, But a lot of those inexpensive bows were made with quite nice wood, because at the time, wood was extremely plentiful and the stuff that filtered down Was frequently quite good by today’s standards So even a bow with inexpensive fittings might be a nice playing stick.
  5. Keith Hovis and Walter Hagen working together. Like I said, if I were to post one or more of the widgets that I had sold that I wish I had kept, the result would be a head shake and a head scratch and a,”huh?” But I thought it was beautiful and it played great, and cost nothing. I think at the very next auction there was another Hovis-Hagen for sale But it went for considerably more than I paid, although in retrospect I wish I had coughed up for it as well.
  6. No kidding? I appreciate that information, thanks. but I still don’t think that this bow is a Hoyer.
  7. Hoyer did make some bows with the pique stamp, But this doesn’t look like him, and I would not expect him to make any nickel mounted sticks anyway, the nickel mounted bows were usually lower level examples.
  8. The bow is a nickel Mounted German trade bow, And apparently excellent condition. The decoration doesn’t mean much, and it didn’t sell for very much when it was new, maybe a couple of dollars or so, but it might be a very nice bow And could play quite nicely, it’s nothing to be regretted in the slightest. Once you get your violin cleaned up, it would be nice if you show some nice detail “after” photographs. I get a sense that it will clean up very nicely.
  9. I can only go by what I have read, and the story about Tchaikovsky and Bruckner is pretty much confirmed, there’s another story in one of the biographies I read about a talented young man, of delicate disposition, submitting a Symphony to Brahms for his evaluation, And Brahms invited him over for a personal evaluation and savaged him so severely he had a nervous break down from which he never recovered, There is the anecdote about the music paper that was told by Grieg and Bruch both. more later. Rehearsal.
  10. Well, you insisted. Here’s one example. A gorgeous, basically unplayed bow, from about 1978, by Hovis-Hagen. A collaboration where one man made the stick, and the other man made the frog. The stick was serial numbered under the frog, and the eye and the tip of the button were each engraved with the lovely double H logo visible in this photo. The wood was robust and solid, felt like that custom-made claymore that fits beautifully into your hand, controllable and delicate yet powerful. A bow that demonstrated not just craftsmanship, but a tasteful desire for artistry that goes beyond the mere utility of the piece. Now owned by a talented but ignorant lad who has no idea what he has, or how little he paid for it. If I could have it back I’d never sell it. Now, you’re going to look and see nothing special, and I’ll say I told you so.
  11. I don’t know how deeply Brahms did or didn’t like most other composers. He was much to good a musician to ignore Wagner’s genius, although whether he liked Wagner’s music or not is certainly a question. He certainly disliked Bruckner. When Carmen came to town Brahms went to every performance( I think there were 17) and when he met Tchaikovsky he confessed to hating Tchaikovsky’s music, and Tchaikovsky confessed to hating Brahms’ and then they got along fine. I found one worthwhile cello work among the peers of Brahms, a lovely sonata by Herzogenberg, but the sonata of Alkan is a masterpiece. Can’t think why it’s never done. I know a lot of Offenbach duets music but have yet to find anything I really enjoy.
  12. Thousands of dollars? Isn’t that a bit high?
  13. Thank you for this note. I know the composer, but not the music. I think I remember him being mentioned in one of Brahms Biographies I read, but probably only a mention. But Brahms hated everybody except Dvorak and a few non-entities, so it’s just as well. It i will certainly look him up. I love finding worthwhile music written by non-entities. http://www.editionsilvertrust.com several Of his works are offered here, but no cello stuff. However, I just listened to a section of an unknown sonata by Constantinin Gaito, and liked it, so ‘‘twas a worthwhile trip.
  14. I have only a couple photos but I’m happy to share them. The problem if I do is that people will look at those photos and see nothing special. They can’t feel them, play with them(unless they are advanced cellists) and appreciate them as anything except potential income. So too, would a photo of yours. You might have once owned a lovely violin made by an obscure Tyrolean maker(let’s call him Anton.) Clean, beautiful, all original, and so appealing to you that you wish you’d never parted with it, or, if you still have it, you never will part with it, even though it’s just an “Anton aus Tyrol” With that caveat in mind, I’ll share one bow I wish I still had. Made by no one you ever heard of, in partnership with someone else you never heard of.
  15. I might want it, but that misses the point. Im asking about YOUR treasures. The things that YOU value. If you find, for instance, a glorious old Klotz cello, a real one, unmodified, You might say to yourself, “my golly Gee I can sell that for a packet.” And I might look at it and say, “my golly Gee that’s worth a packet.” But I’m talking about those widgets that you look at and say, “golly Gee that’s worth a packet but I don’t care, it’s too beautiful for me to sell I’m going to keep it.” So the answer to your question is irrelevant.
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