Jeff White

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    Motocross, guitar and violin restoration, flying, construction/renovation.

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  1. I'm thinking this is French, late 1800's?? Cornerblockology tells me (I think) that is was made with an outside mould. 356mm LOB. As seen, the belly is a disaster, but the rest is ok. Those "B" sting sweeps are on the front too, just worn as it's a pretty light knife sweep. I haven't seen end/neck blocks like that, telling?? What do you think?
  2. I'm going through "L'Archet" (Raffin/Millant)and comparing to pics from auctions (w/cert's) to educate. Anyway, there is some terminology I"m not getting. In vol II, pg478 under Characteristics of the Button, it states: The 3 piece buttons generally have an octagonal back ring. What else would it have? Or, are they talking about a collar on the back of the outside ring?? The back ring on the buttons looks similar to all others that I have seen. What am i misunderstanding in the terminology? Also, when talking about the collars: -the second slanted on the back Do they mean that the second collar angles into the first ring, thereby removing material away from the high points of the facets (little bevels)? As opposed to using a cutter that didn't dig into that 1st collar? Another question: this link to the recent London Tarisio auction has a Cuniot-Hury selling for 6000, after premium. Seems like a lot. I read that Ouchard Pere stamped some of his bows with Cuniot-Hury, but the Raffin cert doesn't say this. Is this just 2 non dealer buyers wanting the bow real bad, or is this something else?
  3. Ahh, obviously it's MY recall
  4. Those pics down from the top look unusual. Wouldn't there be a bit more "chatter" on the camfers for a commercial mirecourt bow, typically. What I see is roughness, but doesn't look like what I"ve seen in the way of knife chatter on a mirecourt bow of this grade. Guilty of looking to "spur" more comments from FC on this. That head would sure look a million times better with some cosmetic work and a somewhat corrective neat tip plate.
  5. Me too. That's something I"ve never noticed. Mainly on MIrecourt? Have you even seen it on German commercial bows?
  6. I find, after years of using modified chinese copies, that what I like the most about the herdim's is the material that they are made of. The softer herdims are a dream to use.
  7. I can't remember, but I THINK it is George H who recently posted (or talked about....) another one of these. George? Would be interesting to compare the scroll/body details. The owner (over the "lockdown") brought it in for the work. Here are some pics, here only REAL complaint when brough in was the neck tilt going to the bass side! BF's latest contributions on the Kling thread got me reinvigorated about the Klingenthal area. Wish I read German.
  8. I,found it interesting about the origin of the Hopf name (Hob, Bohemia etc), if I understood what was meant......
  9. Beech, of course. Obviously beech. I think I even mentioned Beech earlier in the post. Age........
  10. I ended up with this Kuljk I mentioned earlier. Thought some might find it interesting to log in their files what the cornerblocks/linings and other inards look like. J. Spidlen and M. Remenyi has both given this a Kuljk "thumbs up". Oak linings? And no, I didn't split the inset saddle, it was that way and reglued as such. I painstakingly worked around it only to find I didn't have too. It's gonna get some belly work (old dirty cracks), rib work, pegbox bushings and a neck reset.
  11. For cleating cracks? drill a hole the size of the wire, then thread the wire through. The L shape goes against the instrument and the wire is pulled tight, pulling the cleat and backing support up to the inside. Then, with the thumbscrew, you tighten the arrangement. A crude version of what most guitar repairers use. I use something similar on student cello ribs, no way I'm taking the top off on those.
  12. Maybe I"ve missed something, but Jacob seems to have always said that you "can't" make the distinction.
  13. Martin, what did you sell the nickel.amourette Cuniot Vuillaume style bow you hadfor?  I have one on it's way in next week (but in pern) and I'm trying to drill down on a price range.  It's coming in with a Lotte to, I think.   jeff

  14. It seems to me that the quality range of the bow, and the silver vs NIckel trims, were more solid in German bows than French. I"ve always thought what Jacob said for years, and just recently I am thinking a little different. It seems I'm running into a decent amount of older French bows that are nickel, and quite nice. Morizot's, Cuniot, Lott etc. I'm wondering what Martin and FC think about the "trim being a differential" on older french bows. If so, do you find that the German bows are more following this example? Do you guys "devalue" for the silver vs nickel trimmings?