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  1. I have only, ever, sold one violin. That one sale realized far more return than ALL the investments I've made, over the years, in the lottery.
  2. I do not understand technology or photography and, I have been fretting about the size of my photos. Compared to ALL the others, mine look gigantic. I have been using the Airdrop app, on my iPhone 12Pro to send to my iMac and then upload them to MN. However, if I go phone-to- email, I get the option to make them, Small, Medium, Large, or Actual Size. Those seem to relate to the amount of information and not the physical size; right? I'd like to say that the previous posts in this topic, with explanations and instructions, are so old as, to not seem applicable. But, in truth I don't think I'd understand them if they were written yesterday. If someone would be kind enough to give the current instructions, I promise that I'll have my son read them and, then show me how to do it.
  3. Out of curiosity, why does it matter whether, or not, there's two rings, one ring or, no ring? What is the logic?
  4. W.C. Stenger, it seems, gained some notoriety during his lifetime: "The accompanying article was completed shortly before the author’s sudden death at the National Music Camp, Interlochen, last summer; and is the second written expressly for The INSTRUMENTALIST (see p. 40, Jan.-Feb., 49). Willebald Conrad Stenger was one of the country’s foremost violin-and-bow craftsmen, an international authority on stringed instrument construc- tion, and above all, a friend of school music." https://archive.org/details/sim_the-instrumentalist_november-december-1949_4_2/page/48/mode/2up?view=theater
  5. After modifying the deck on my microscope, I can now take a closer look at the button; both ends. And so, I concede that, what appeared to be ebony in the facet corners is, in fact, hide glue. Thinking about it, isn't that how they're all made? I've got a few, and have seen several, adj. buttons with, one or more, sections twisted or missing.
  6. In June 2019 a Stenger violin and bow sold (wish it had been me) for $492. We can, always, hope that the buyer finds their way to this post and, solves the mystery. https://www.skinnerinc.com/auctions/3260B/lots/274
  7. Who can you tell that the core is round? Is there something that I'm missing?
  8. I measured (as best I could, holding a magnifying glass in one hand and hold the bow and measure, with the other) the inside and outside diameters of the circular channel and, the points and flats of the octagon ring. Each set of measurements were, 7mm I.D and 9(.1)mm O.D., making the circular channel 1mm wide. I have a couple of bows with +/- 1mm wide x 7.5mm O.D ring. Is a 9mm O.D. ring is common? I have no idea. As, to the the graining, I submit the following photo: There are 9 points, of alignment, in the section of the frog shown here. It is easier to see, them all, in person.
  9. The photo, from which, you based your “crude alteration” hypothesis, is a lower resolution than necessary for me to convince you otherwise. They were taken through the eyepiece of a microscope, utilizing the 4X magnification lens. Top facet, of the ring seen in my first post. The 1st photo highlights the smooth inner edge of the groove, the 2nd one, the outer edge: These are photos are of three successive facets of the ring, on the opposite side of the frog. I see clean, smooth, inner and outer edges of a single groove, cut with a single round bit. I’m not sure that I understand the jargon, you used in describing the adjuster, are you referring this: These may look different but, only one of them is idiosyncratic??? BTW - You misread my previous (tongue in cheek) comment that, “I just assumed he didn't have a drill bit that cut octagonal ring grooves.” 555, just kidding.
  10. BTW- What is the idiosyncrasy with the adjuster cap?
  11. Having never seen another "Stenger" bow, much less, another octagonal ring, I just assumed he didn't have a drill bit that cut octagonal ring grooves and, instead used a bit that cut round ones; feels right, to the touch. It seems like a lot of work to copy a, virtually, unknown American maker.
  12. I think that the rough, irregular, "father-of-pearl" slide may be something that's best seen in person, in order to appreciate its true beauty.
  13. Based on my son’s opinion, I stand by my assessment of this, as a players’ bow, it is worth much more than 10 x $33, paid. As a product, to sale, I doubt that I could recover my costs. So, although to me it's sad, it is not news. What I worry about is that somebody, in the future, would sell it without disclosing the damage, to an unsuspecting buyer. Any suggestions (other than breaking it,), as to, how I can prevent that from happening? I am dead set against passing-on any tools of fraud but, I'm not willing to absorb the cost of a having a branding stamp made. In 2012, an eBay seller offered a 13-string guitar with a signed label by the famous lute maker, David Van Edwards. I contacted Mr. Van Edwards, who assured me that, he had never made anything close to a guitar. I informed the seller of this and then, offered him a fair price for, what I assumed was, a “Chinese-made,” solid wood 13-string guitar; he accepted. I continued communicating with D.V.E. and we came up with a plan: I would stamp the label and then, create a certificate, send it to him for signature. and issue back to me. He loved the idea. I bought a "FRAUD" stamp and started the document but, unfortunately, personal issues prevented the finalization of our plan. He also, asked for my permission to tell this story for his lute society's newsletter. He said that years prior to this, representatives from a Chinese instrument factory approached him with licensing deal which, he roundly rejected. Apparently, his consent was only a formality; easily tossed aside.
  14. I purchased this in the hopes that, the black and the silver parts could be used on another bow. When they didn't fit, I decided to use it as a display piece and opted for glue only; esthetics, esthetics, esthetics. The luthier and the bow repairman where, both, skeptical about how well the glue would hold and offered no guarantee. I have my son play-in every instrument I get, he keeps the best for his own use. There were many times, in middle and high school where, when it was time to change strings or rehair a bow, he would change instruments, instead. As a result, he's had the use of the best of my low-end collection, even as I became more adept at choosing better instruments and more willing to pay more, for them. Had I purchased a fine modern Italian violin and a French bow, years ago, I'd have saved some money. Then I remember, the broken tip on a two week old $400 bow and the hole in rib of his (formerly)$8,000 Jose Ramirez guitar and think, yeah, I did okay.
  15. At $33 (plus shipping,) I was the high bidder, back in 2012, for this cracked W.C. Stenger bow. I liked its looks and, since the crack was on its side and, (because of the grain) would never traverse the centerline, I decided to get it glued and have it rehaired; a wall hanger. As it turned out, my son loved it. For almost 10 years, until recently, he has used it as his primary bow. It has held up extremely well and, unless somebody uses it for a lever again, I expect it will continue to perform. I can see where the crack begins but, even using 10x magnification, can't find the seam; top or bottom. Easily worth 10 times, or more, what I paid.
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