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  1. Julia is one of my all time favorite fiddlers. I would love to get a Stroh just to mess around with. My wife is of German heritage and its also her last name
  2. "Any fiddle I'd like to sell is probably French and any fiddle I want to buy is most likely Czech or German" - someone said that to me once and I got quite a chuckle.
  3. A well known pro fiddler who is a friend of mine broke his Michael Vann bow right on the shaft. It was repaired, but an ugly repair with wrapping over the shaft to stabilize and reinforce it. I probably couldn't stomach that one myself, unless it was already my own bow. On the other hand, the repair on my Hill is almost invisible, unless you were looking for it. Neither repair seems to have a noticable impact on the playing qualities. The Vann is still an amazingly nice bow.
  4. Well to close this off, I purchased this bow, and according to the shop records and receipt it was made by Edgar Bishop in 1920. Perhaps he used the same marking to marry frog to stick on occasion, or they made note of the marking when the tip repair was completed ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
  5. If you have a good relationship with the shop, and if you're open to the idea, definitely ask if there are any repaired bows or "shop bows" that they would be willing to part with. I've been looking for a new bow for a few years, but kept getting frustrated with the search. I ended up mentioning that I would have no problem with a repaired bow, since I have a very good relationship with the shop and trust their repair work. My last trial of 5 bows included a Nurnberger with a repaired mortise and new frog, and a Hill with a repaired head. The Hill and Nurnberger blew the others in the price range out of the water, having the playing qualities of their former much more valuable selves. I ended up keeping the Hill, which had been used as a shop bow for years and wasn't really for sale per say, but it was worth asking. Not advice for everyone, but it worked for me.
  6. Yes, a wonderful article which I thoroughly enjoyed reading. A "Jas TUBBS" branded bow is still easily my favourite of all the bows in my local shop. Its sort of what led me to this old repaired Hill, which was much more affordable.
  7. My assumption is that the absence of the silver tip plate, it will be difficult to determine a maker. It certainly is a nice playing bow, whoever made it.
  8. I'm wondering if anyone can advise, for educational purposes, on the approximate age of the WEH&S bow. My guess is approximately 1920, but the lack of silver tip plate throws me off. I presume the plate was replaced when the head was repaired with a pin some time ago. On the slide there is a Q or circle with a line through it. Under the slide on the wood there is a very faint "2".
  9. I've been meaning to watch this one, can't say how it is first-hand but it won a few awards:
  10. Hey George, have a look at Andrew Dipper in Minneapolis for baroque bows. I have an anglo concertina built by his brother Colin, who used Andrews rejected snakewood for the trim. He also has imported entry level Baroque bows if you just want to dip your feet in. He makes some gorgeous classical bows also. Amazing craftsmanship runs in that family apparently.
  11. It's pinned and stable, I was using a bright light for the photo and it picks I up worse than it is. That being said, can't be too careful in this dryness we've been having.
  12. And mine is no use in solving that piece of the puzzle, being a one-piece back.
  13. I just measured the LOB again and it is 362mm. There are some traces of old varnish under the fingerboard and around the joint, as well as around the button.
  14. I own a fiddle that to my untrained eye appears to be this instruments twin. It is also labelled as a Lupot, and appears to be the same label. Mine has been refinished at some point, seemingly in the 1970s based on an internal repair label. I've heard various theories about its origin, a few have pegged it as French, others as Markneukirchen. Its a unique instrument with the purfling so close to the edge. I really like its tone, its my main fiddle.
  15. I'm not an expert by any means, but I'm sitting here looking at my French fiddle and I see a lot of similarities.
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