Brad Dorsey

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  1. That's a better guess than PAESOLD.
  2. PAESOLD? Just a guess. All I can see is that the last letter might be a D.
  3. If you like to play with the bow and you're not terribly concerned about its appearance, you might consider having a thread wrap put on. This would lessen the chance of the crack re-opening, and it wouldn't add any significant weight, so the playability of the bow would be unaffected.
  4. Yes. When I mix shellac flakes with alcohol to prepare my French polish solution, it takes a day or two for the flakes to completely dissolve. If I soaked a bow stick in alcohol for many hours, I expect that I would remove any shellac on it. But an insignificant amount, if any, is removed in the minute or two that it takes to clean a bow.
  5. Strad, You have asked an interesting question. I often wish that violins could be cleaned as easily as bows. I think the answer lies in the different natures of the finishes generally used on instruments and bows and in what we expect of these finishes. When we look at a bow stick, we expect to see mostly just the wood. Bows are usually covered with clear thin finishes -- often uncolored shellac. Once it is dry, shellac is fairly resistant to the solvents, including alcohol, as they are typically used to remove rosin and dirt from bows. Because the surface of a bow is so much smalle
  6. I clean bow sticks with alcohol. In my experience, good bows have finishes that are resistant to alcohol, if they have any finish at all. Some cheap bows have finishes that are taken off easily with alcohol, but since they're cheap bows I don't worry about it. After cleaning a stick (or removing the finish from a cheap bow), I apply a thin coat of orange shellac using the French polish method. Why would you spit on your bow?
  7. This would make sense if the inscription were written on the inside of the top, because one would try to read it with a mirror inserted through an F hole. But an inscription on the back wouldn't be read in a mirror. It's curious. He was dyslexic.
  8. That sounds like what I wear most of the time.
  9. The violin has been picked up, so I cannot provide any more information on it. Thank you all for your observations.
  10. These are two details that strike me as making this violin different from the usual stuff that I see.
  11. They are on the C-bout sides at the corners.
  12. This violin came in today for a bridge and seam regluing. There is what appears to be a serial number 2791 penciled on the back above the label, and an illegible year date appears to be written crosswise at the right end of the label. Looking through the end pin hole, I do not see any brands or signatures. Is there any chance that this is a genuine Vuillaume shop violin? If there is, I'd like to recommend that the owner show it to someone who would know.
  13. International Luthier's Supply in Tulsa, Oklahoma.