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    Bow bushing

    I have a jig that Alberti Design made which was a prototype. It aligns the hole parallel with the bottom facet as well as centering it in the stick. I also have a Bow Badger which works well but the Alberti jig I feel is more precise, especially on old worn sticks. Check with John Alberti at Alberti Design to see if he is selling this jig commercially.
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    Violin Bow pernambuco

    Take a small shaving out of the mortice and put it in a few drops of water. If it is pernambuco the water will turn pink ,other woods won't. You only need a scraping from the bow.
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    I have done business with Chuck over the phone for several years now and have always had an enjoyable productive conversation with him.My experience with Knilling pegs is that they seem to have or develop problems that have not shown up on the PegHeds . Needless to say I now only use PegHeds which are made in the US, not offshore like Knillings are.
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    Merry Christmas

    Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year to All.
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    Bow repair question.

    The crack in the bow can be repaired with a butt bushing used to reinforce the glued crack. I use H2 epoxy as an adhesive, others use super glue for this type of repair.
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    Wood for wedges in bows

    I used to use basswood, but now I prefer poplar for my plugs and wedge.
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    mini lathe recommendation for making buttons

    The lathe is only the first expense, the tooling can add up quickly and in some cases can cost more than the original lathe cost.
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    mini lathe recommendation for making buttons

    A Hardinge HSL with a compound slide will do nicely. I have one but use a Grizzley version of the mini bench top lathe for working on buttons.
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    Silk bow wrap durability?

    Silk wears quite well, but does get dirty and is difficult to clean. Silver tinsel, which is silver wrapped around silk, tarnishes and if cleaned too hard can break the silver wrapping. For silk it seems best to go for darker colors that don't show the dirt as quickly.
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    Transitional bow of interest

    The slide and button are bone, not ivory. They are too porous to be ivory.
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    Bow crack repair.

    That is a clever repair Conor.
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    Bow making making

    Koa is a good tonewood, but it would lack the strength and elastic properties that are needed for a bow. There are other African and South American woods that are more suitable and can approach pernambuco. Even some flamed pernambuco is not as good as a plain stick. Every one has different playability properties.
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    Bass bar wha...?

    2B or not 2B; that is the question.
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    The one pictured is a copy made in Burma. At least this is what I was told. I have two of these; one with a brass horn which is very heavy, and one with an aluminum horn. I also have a real one that was made in 1910 which is very nice. The first two I mentioned are for sale if you would like to PM me.
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    Concert Conduct

    Good Heavens! Did this take place in Saskatoon? Shocking!