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  1. Probably affordable, and maybe nearly the same. I'll bet his workshop produces some truly beautiful furniture. I wouldn't count them out.
  2. This is a great example. Both players have excellent technique with both hands, and they have obviously been well taught. Just look at his bowing at the beginning. I don't think anyone could reasonably expect to play anything so well without excellent teaching.
  3. Uh, Jacob, read it again. This is about a residue possibly remaining after cleaning. The problem Peter K-G reports is that rosin doesn't adhere any more after cleaning. This is presumably not a problem that you observe with cleaned, new horse hair.
  4. Alcohol removes the rosin if you do it right. The soap might have been a soap for skin or hair, which is an emulsion that leaves an oil residue. That's why I suggested Dawn liquid detergent (although I haven't tried it), which is clear and not an emulsion.
  5. Firefox is independent of all the others (except for its derivatives), and it adds some privacy protections, I think by default. It also allows you to report posts (just hover over the message) and to use alcohol on your bow.
  6. So don't get the stick or frog wet, and don't get alcohol on it. Cleaning the hair is not difficult, and ordinary care suffices. I've never had bowhair stretch on one side and warp the bow, but if I did, I would have it rehaired. I have had it get dirty, and for that the remedy is cleaning. Jacob Saunders suggests an aqueous cleaner, but I suggest alcohol. It dries faster. For what it's worth, I don't see a significant tendency to wick into unwanted places. It just works.
  7. I wouldn't suggest that. It's an emulsion (the tip-off is the word "cream"), and it contains a particulate (calcium carbonate) abrasive. It's going to leave solid and organic (oily?) residues. It's also perfumed.
  8. In this case I think it's too late for that. Now the objective for the OP is to remove whatever the alcohol spread around. Some alcohol in a dish with a toothbrush works fine. I've used it successfully many times, but you do have to be careful not to get it on the stick. It's not difficult to do. Isopropyl alcohol is good because it does not leave a residue, unlike some "denatured" alcohol. Of course if you do that, you have to reapply rosin from scratch, and I don't mind doing that. Shampoo sounds like a good idea, and I guess it might not remove the rosin, and it won't remove the varnish. The only thing is, I think shampoo is usually formulated to leave a little oil in the hair so it doesn't become too unruly. I would suggest something like Dawn liquid dish detergent instead.
  9. I have also found them pleasant and helpful. I wish them well, but I don't know what's happening there, unfortunately.
  10. Alcohol and a toothbrush works very well for cleaning bow hair. Be careful not to get alcohol on the stick, but it's not a disaster if you do. Just pour some alcohol into a clean dish, and you will be able to remove all the rosin, and surely the dirt and oil as well. Make sure the alcohol does not leave a residue. Some denatured alcohol has phenolphthalein or other denaturant dissolved in it. In the U.S. they are allowed to omit this information from the label. Just lest some of it evaporate on a clean glass and you will be able to see if it leaves a residue.
  11. I have to wonder too. I notice that Fushi is featured prominently, but Robert Bein is almost erased from the web site. And there's little mention of the current management or expertise except for the sales staff. I've been gone from Chicago for a long time. Am I missing something? On the other hand, news of a possibly great new shop is always welcome.
  12. Oh, no. He had harsh words for all his major competitors: I specifically remember Bein & Fushi, Carl Becker, and Kenneth Warren being specifically mentioned in writing. He probably mentioned Kagan and Gaines too. Kenneth Warren was rather annoyed by it. There was a kernel of truth in what he wrote, but it all seemed irrelevant to me. Becker sometimes regraduated violins, and that was said to be unethical. (I bought one of them, and years later I'm still thrilled with my choice. ) Warren wasn't a master violin maker, so he was proclaimed to be guilty of pretension, etc. I don't remember what Reuter said about Bein & Fushi, but he got sued for it. I found it mildly amusing, and I'll say it even if others won't. I don't really know much about any of their business practices, but in my opinion I found better violins at all three of those shops -- many of them at very attractive prices. Sometimes you have to ignore self-serving rhetoric.
  13. Here is the product I was able to buy at the hardware store. "Denatured alcohol", 30-60% methanol. And they don't list the ingredients on the container because they're not required to! Klean Strip Denatured Alcohol Denatured indeed. I'd call it criminal.
  14. A variety of denaturants have been used in the past, some noxious but relatively harmless, some lethal.