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  1. I have recently acquired a violin bow by H. R. Pfretzschner. Perhaps I shouldn't be, however I am astounded at the magnificent playing qualities of this bow. French bows get all the headlines and rightly so, but is there any good reason why German bows are generally neglected as far as the market is concerned?
  2. Are you possibly using too much pressure on the string? It's a very small and weak muscle there, try practicing with a tiny bit of pressure without it collapsing to see if you can slowly build up the strength. It takes a long time.
  3. Ditto to that. Extremely high-quality work all around and very knowledgeable. His father was also a luthier I believe. Only place I would feel comfortable leaving expensive bows for re-hair or repair. Basically nothing gets by him, quite astute. Fine minimalist (undetectable) repairs of instruments as well. Worth a stop-by when you're in Los Angeles. Old-school.
  4. Of the violins chez-moi, nearly all are more or less of the same neck profile as regards thickness, taper, and width. I can detect no real difference in feel as I move amongst them. One example is however not of their kind. It is considerably more beefy, pretty much in all the aforementioned dimensions. Is this something that could be somewhat easily 'corrected' to be in closer similarity with the others' standard or would it require removal from the body and I should just forgetaboutid?
  5. I recall while a student at the RCM my cello teacher Amaryllis Fleming played a St.John's Smith Square recital in 1975 or thereabouts. On the program was Bach's Suite no. 6 in D and her Amati had just finished being restored at Beare's. It was her first public performance with the returned-to-original-5-string instrument. When she first touched the E string in that piece there was an audible gasp from the audience and everyone practically rose out of their seats in titillation.
  6. Also LA Violin Shop on Olympic. Kinda near downtown.
  7. Warchal Karneol are also deserving of a try @ around $35US a set. Very good value IMHO.
  8. The frog rose motif is so far out of alignment it is inconceivable that Bultitude would have released it as such. He was entirely too fastidious. I'm with Martin...far too many inconsistencies to be acceptable as genuine. IMHO.
  9. Over years of observation I have noticed a significant number of violins of the antique variety which have had shims installed under the fingerboard to restore the break angle across the bridge. Otherwise I have seen abnormally low bridges on instruments without a shim, waiting for correction. In the world of flat-top guitars, neck resets are the normal choice to correct for high action. After a neckset, short shims are installed under the fingerboard tongue on top of the guitar or occasionally they are left with the upper fingerboard slightly bent where the fingerboard joins the body, us
  10. Actually you’d think that luthiers would appreciate a game that has no “penalties”, only “errors” and where wood and leather are the materials used to play it. IMHO ”Safe at home” just has such a lovely ring to it.
  11. Regarding examples from the great bowmakers of the past, were there any general principles regarding a decision to use nickel vs. silver as materials for bows? Did the maker get near the end of the process and decide that the bow was not of sufficient quality worthy of silver mounts or was the decision more a matter of economics in that more folks could afford a nickel mounted bow so it would be an easier sell as it was less expensive?
  12. See Martin Swan's informative reply to this topic: https://maestronet.com/forum/index.php?/topic/340919-top-10-destinations-for-contemporary-certificates-of-authenticity/&tab=comments#comment-815402
  13. It also came with a "We certify....", and in this case "bill of sale" is a more accurate description of the document previously posted.. Distinction noted, thanks Michael.. I found it interesting that the words "'Guaranteed Genuine" were employed in light of the current discussion while curious if any present-day dealers feel compelled to use similar verbiage to accompany their own bills of sale.