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Stepan Demirdjian

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  1. sospiri,I have always had better results in sound aspect with lighter woods either spruce and maple.Up to me 700 kg./m3 is too heavy (dense)
  2. To those of you who have worked on Strad instruments. I've always wondered how the luthiers who made the commitment to fix Strad feel or what worries or feelings they were excited about.How did it feel when it was their first time? Would any of you share?
  3. Since this is just a hobby project,I would suggert the less expensive parts.Normal steel inch thread screw and brass eyelet is just fine even for many good bows.
  4. Like Ed says ,this is the red sticks from the post offices.It contains cl;ay,shellack and red pigment.Gewa and Dicktum still offer it.Anyway ,it's a messy stuff I would never use .
  5. Hide glue is used also for the iviry plates on piano keys. I personaly use aliphatic resin glues(Elmers,Titebond Original) insted of PVA glue.It works much better for ebony/bone joint than the PVA. If the bow needs replacing only the bone part someday,it will be much easyer to remove it and keep the ebony liner safe .It wouldn't be so easy if the bone is glued to the ebony with a CA glue.
  6. I agree with Dave Slight.The back is deffinitely beech .
  7. I would just redo it without fuss.....I don't see any reason to keep folowing this crazy conception for the next and next rehair work.
  8. Yes ,the materials on both sides looks the same.It may be just a meterial saving.The bow may has been made by grafting two pieces of short sticks.Materials thrifting has been a common practice especially during the world war 2.I have seen a fingerboard made of three pieces from this period and also strings with ball ends made of zinc.
  9. Up to me,it's pernambuco.May be not the best grade and with larger pores ,but pernambuco. Looks like a factory or mass product of a workshop with alcohol base varnish. The frog is in bad condition ,made by hand with badly fitted mountings of german silver. Jeff White,the second and last pictures gave the final picture:)
  10. Thank you deans.It was my point,to see comments by people who have been on the market searching,trying or dealing with baroque bows.
  11. Today my clients of a chamber orchestra asked me for baroque bows of middle range and reasonable price from an european dealer or maker. Will appreciate if you share your experience testing and dealing with such a bows. Thank you all in advance. Stepan Demirdjian
  12. Today I had a violin bow for rehairing.It has a seal " HENRY GUERRA " It is a new bow with a silver frog finished in french style and a sealed number 002 on the stick and on slide of the frog.. Do you know who makes these bows? Will appreciate any information.
  13. Could anybody help me with the identification of a violin? There is no label in it,but a monogram " MB " on the back button and a stamp "Conservatory" on a flat area back on the pegbox. Today saw the same monogram " MB " on other violin completely different as style,shape and varnish work,but it has a label JHZ No.4007 Would appreciate any help and answer.
  14. I too use of the average length bulks. 31 is long enough for me .The described in Strobel's book method requires much longer hairs what is too much both lenght and price.
  15. Hi Christian, Nice work and wonderful workshop!Good choice for a viola pattern too. Is the "purfling" on the back the same as on the original instrument that inspired you or you were a bit lazy that time ?
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