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yaumnik

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  1. THANK YOU! Alex is very appreciative of everyone's help.
  2. https://www.gofundme.com/f/fundraising-for-ukrainian-violin-maker I encourage everyone to help this nice person and a good violin maker. I owned and played Alex's instruments in the past. He as well as his entire country need help and deserves a better faith.
  3. https://www.gofundme.com/f/fundraising-for-ukrainian-violin-maker
  4. https://www.gofundme.com/f/fundraising-for-ukrainian-violin-maker
  5. https://www.gofundme.com/f/fundraising-for-ukrainian-violin-maker
  6. How about someone organize some help for Alex? He's lost literally everything and could use some financial help to pay for food and lodging. I already sent him quite a bit of $$$ to cover his expenses for a few days, but he could use a lot more. I am a bit surprised by the silence of the Maestronet citizens. :-(
  7. All, spread the word through your network to help this good man and a talented violinmaker from Ukraine! https://www.thestrad.com/news/my-home-and-my-violin-shop-are-completely-destroyed-a-call-for-help-from-a-mariupol-luthier/14710.article I know Alex Smykovskyi and played his instruments in the past. He is a good man that deserves a better faith.
  8. All, spread the word through your network to help this good man and a talented violinmaker from Ukraine! https://www.thestrad.com/news/my-home-and-my-violin-shop-are-completely-destroyed-a-call-for-help-from-a-mariupol-luthier/14710.article I know Alex Smykovskyi and played his instruments in the past. He is a good man that deserves a better faith.
  9. All, spread the word through your network to help this good man and a talented violinmaker from Ukraine! https://www.thestrad.com/news/my-home-and-my-violin-shop-are-completely-destroyed-a-call-for-help-from-a-mariupol-luthier/14710.article I know Alex Smykovskyi and played his instruments in the past. He is a good man that deserves a better faith.
  10. All, spread the word through your network to help this good man and a talented violinmaker from Ukraine! https://www.thestrad.com/news/my-home-and-my-violin-shop-are-completely-destroyed-a-call-for-help-from-a-mariupol-luthier/14710.article I know Alex Smykovskyi and played his instruments in the past. He is a good man that deserves a better faith.
  11. Hi Philip, Thank you for your suggestion. I totally agree. As I mentioned earlier, I placed a call to Paul Childs and got his answering service which took my phone # and told me that he will call me back within a business day. Well... I'm patiently waiting for the call back. Salchow shop moved to W 57th st, so his shop is no longer in the same building as Tarisio on W 54th. It is unknown at this point whether Paul Childs has seen this stick at Tarisio. I'm hopeful he will call me back and will be willing to inspect the bow stick. I am prepared to drive 3 hours up to Montrose, NY if Paul Childs says it's warranted. I fully intend to have it restored into a playable shape, because it does feel like it is a good bow. P.S. Saw your additional comments - thank you for the frog replica maker names!!!
  12. I got that one on Salchow, thank you. Anyone else comes to mind? I like having Plan B most of the times.
  13. Thank you for the feedback! Would you care to drop some bowmaker names who could make a replica frog? Perhaps someone around Philly or New York area? Thank you in advance!
  14. Thank you, Martin. I saw that "mark" under the head. To my untrained and w/o tools of the trade, it doesn't seem to me like a crack, but I'll wait until I get the stick into expert hands again. Mortise erosion ... yeah, fitting a frog will be loads of fun for the restorer ... Assuming that sooner or later I get to know the real maker of the bow... And assuming that I may not be able to obtain a "loose" frog of the same maker, can you or folks on the forum recommend a good frog maker who can make a faithful copy? A while back someone mentioned a couple, but my memory is failing me. I think one frog maker was named Gunther ...?
  15. Martin, Thank you for a quick comment! As this stick was originally attributed to Poirson and he first apprenticed with Maire, are you thinking this could be a Maire? What other serious issues are you referring to other than possibly extended nose? P.S. I did place a call to Paul Childs and got his answering service. Waiting for Mr. Childs call back.
  16. OK guys, after a few days of overcast and torrential downpour days, on a finally bright sunny day ... Here's another attempt at photos of the bow in question. Hopefully, this amateur (violinist and photographer)'s skill is good enough this time. :-) Please chime in!
  17. Actually, I used GorillaPod and manual focus, too. But the light was very tricky when I took the shots. Waiting for a nice sunny day, perhaps tomorrow, to retake the shots and will deploy GeorgeH's technique (above) to eliminate the shadows.
  18. Excellent advice, thank you! Will do that. I did have a bit of a challenge taking close-up shots, especially of the back of the head. This definitely will help next time.
  19. Any comments based on the photos I added? Thanks in advance!
  20. OK, folks. Here're are some more pics I just made with my Nikon DSLR. I wish it was a sunny day with lots of natural bright light, but alas it's a thoroughly cloudy day in the Delaware Valley. Depending on the volume of opinion traffic I'll try to make better photos if/when it gets sunny around here.
  21. Thank you . Will try to make higher resolution photos in a natural light over the weekend and send them to Paul as well as post here for the forum experts.
  22. Thank you for your most helpful and insightful response!
  23. Hi all, I've been "dormant" on this forum for quite a while. I need authentication help. Sometime ago, I acquired a bow stick, a really good strong one, that I would it restored to be a played. I was told it's from late 1800s or early 1900s. I thought it to be a Poirson. I showed it to 3 local experts who all said that it's a French from a different period and by a better maker, too. I also showed it in NYC and was told that it's not a Poirson and not even a French bow! Big delta in opinions. Anyone has Paul Childs info? I'd like to contact Paul and perhaps drive over to Montrose, NY if necessary (3 hours each way) to get to the bottom of the bow's origins. Thanks in advance to all responders!
  24. Nick, not to rehash, but that's exactly what it is, or rather what Dogal is not doing. C'mon, a quarter page ad in Strad and not much else just want cut it. I know that string margins are quite thin, but it really boils down to either you spend money and all out market your products (and in a well designed campagns) or might as well give up and close up the shop. I always bring up Microsoft's approach to marketing. When hard times hit and customers slow down their spending, Microsoft INCREASES their Marketing and Advertising push instead of cutting the budget. Dogal should keep in mind that the graveyard of the great ideas and products is overflowing with the ones that failed precisely due to subpar or failed marketing. And that's before we get into the discussion how good their product is (I am not convinced at all based on my Vivaldi experience) or how much their products supposedly improved. ATB, Gary
  25. Hi, DogalUSA. I did indeed eval'ed Vivaldi strings. As far as Dogal's approach to free evals and feedbacks, I will give you an example. I purchase quite a bit of strings products in part supplying members of my orchestra. Through my eval sets supplied with generosity of Pirastro, many of my orchestra peers are now playing on Obligatos, Olivs, Eudoxas, Golds, etc. Once they tried the product and liked it, they keep coming back for the same. It's called an effective marketing strategy, market penetration (for new products), etc. Look at what Bohdan Warchal did. Besides ads in industry mags, they had that free E-string promo in the Strad mag, continuous promos - in other words anything to bring product awareness out to the (buying) public. Marketing 101. ATB, Gary
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