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  1. My experience with nitric acid on pernambuco is that it turns it brown, but some sticks have a reddish tinge to them. Every stick seems to be different in the way it reacts. Sticks I have fumed with ammonia have turned a liver red that eventually goes brown. I haven't tried potassium hydroxide (potash, lye) yet.
  2. Have a Merry Christmas with your friends and family, and all the best to you in 2011.
  3. The Sowden's hair I used was blue string Mare's and it came in fourth in the six different supplier's premium hair.Other than this, all the rest were stallion hair, which I prefer. Another bow rehairer graded them as well and other than changing the top two, placed the others in the same order. All the hair I checked was very good, but some was better than others. The differences were colour, minute differences in hair sizes and bumpy things on the hairs. Probably if I checked the same supplier' hair now the order would be different.
  4. I have had very good success with the hair sold by Cleveland Violins. I did a test and bought the "best" hair from several suppliers, including Sowden's, and theirs came out best with Pioneer Valley's hair a close second. One has to remember that the suppliers hair quality is subject to what is sent to them from China and can vary.
  5. I have tried several supplier's premium hair and so far the best I have used is from Cleveland Violins. Pioneer Valley hair was quite good as well.
  6. Not to worry Jim I have my certificate to operate an AED, so you are safe. We from the" dark side" (the bowmakers) are relying on you to continue to have Lynn's bow making workshops and to enjoy the first class facility and your hospitality.