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  1. Haha, yes, now I understand his excitement much better To also clarify, this is not yet mine, I'm just getting a bit too attached to it ;-)
  2. That was a lot of responses while I was away... Well first of all, my father says parrot looks very likely with a not so happy look on his face, so that's what I'll believe for now As to the weight question, I personally don't care what the weight is. I don't believe that a few grams matters one bit when playing. Maybe you can feel a difference between 75 and 85g when given one of each, but for me the center of gravity and stiffness are the two most important factors by far apart from the tone (which of course is also dependant on those two). And again, I think what you want in those two parameters is very different between players. But I do agree, if you're selling from a website, that number suddenly becomes something you notice as a player, while I have never in my life weighed a bow I was trying or considered buying apart from today when someone asked. I simply play them and quickly get rid of the ones I don't like, leaving me with a few good one to choose between... All without knowing the weight. Blank Face, nice with some info on the shop from a good source. This makes me wonder why people online have presented AR Weichold and R Weichold as two different people, but if the stamp indicates a bow later than 1902, I suppose the guy was dead anyway, existing or not... Of the few August Rau cello bows I've been able to find pictures of, none has this very violin-like head which I find the most characteristic feature of the bow, but as it's already been established that I don't know much about bow identification, I won't discard the thought that he might have made it for or in the Weichold shop. And i suppose odd features like this head or the wide corners of my latest (and second) violin are things that can easily be considered indications of early (unexperienced) work? ;-)
  3. Oh really? Well I agree, I do think it's a light bow compared to what I usually play, but not drastically. And it has been played in a professional orchestra too, as far as I'm aware. When you say that, do you have lighter bows but they never get sold, or have you just never wanted to sell one?
  4. Parrot? You think so? Well I'll show it to my dad and see if he recognize the marks, I've heard a few of his childhood horror stories with parrots in them:-P
  5. Philip, I agree. I don't intend to buy it for reselling, but for my own use. I only made this thread to hopefully find out some more information and maybe learn something about bows in the process. However, this bow isn't 2500, more like double that I think, so "overpriced" becomes quite a few lunches lost up in that range ;-) I'm curious about that dent too, I've tried to figure out what it might be. To me it seems the hole is somewhat angled/cornered like a screw notch and maybe varnished on the inside. It has kind of a shiny surface, not like raw ebony... As if something was carved out and varnished to protect it, maybe? And yes Jacob, I agree with the word unimpressive. It's nowhere near as sharp as that one, no question about it.
  6. Thank you very much! I haven't been able to locate the article just yet, but I'll see if I can find it and get started a bit :-)
  7. Okay, thank you. That makes a lot of sense. I am aware of the different models and have often wondered what was what, but apart from a bit on the camber shape, I have never been able to find a good, concise description of the different standard models. It's a very pretty bow, thanks for sharing!
  8. Yes, if you look at the second photo, the arrow through RW is on top of the stick, even if it has been sligtly rubbed out over time. The weight is 75 grams, and it is most definitely a cello bow or at least it works exactly like one, as I've been swapping back and forth between it and my own bow today with no issues, and it is sold by a luthier as a cello bow. Interesting to hear that the arrow was introduced then. I've been wondering if the combination of stamps could point towards some maker or period and also why the name was upside down, but if what you say is true, that pretty much doubles the dating precision from something like [1850,1945] to [1902,1945], correct?
  9. Yes, I found the Tarisio page too, good to know he exists in books as well. But if the bows with his name on them have anything to do with him, I can't say. How have you determined that the bow is a Voirin? It's always puzzled me how some people can tell the maker of a bow with no stamps or other marks hinting at that maker?
  10. It's 75 grams, so I'd say pretty standard. It's definitely not as stiff and stable as my Pfretzschner, and it is significantly slimmer in the hand. It is just a bit softer than I'd like a bow, as I'm a heavy handed player, but not out of the ordinary. As to the frog, maybe it isn't original? I've been wondering about that. Yes, it is dented. I actually didn't consider them in the price at all... I suppose an unoriginal frog is a rather significant value cut, but dents too? Here I think cello bows are a good bit more expensive than violin bows, but you're right, it's only about 25-50% on top I think. Well in that case I think this one might be rather overpriced for what it is... Still, the sound quality does compare to what I'd expect at the price, having tried quite a few in the 2000-6000 USD range in the past year, so in case I still like this one after a while, I'm not sure if I should accept the price or try to get a better deal...
  11. Well, that might be true. I have to say that for one I'm terrible at remembering people, living or historical, and then I've only had this bow for a day and done a few google searches on the name, so if you have done better research than I have and say something different, I have no good reason not to believe you. Only thing I can say is I've seen the names August Richard Weichold and Richard Weichold here and there and thought August was the father and founder of the shop which RW then took over at some point. Not sure if I've ever claimed to understand the violin trade either. I'm only starting to learn how to build a violin well, the trade itself interests me much less than the instruments ;-) But basically, you don't think this bow is particularly impressive and not necessarily made in the shop either, but rather bought in and stamped Weichold?
  12. Pretty sure it's silver, not nickel, but I could be wrong. This is the one I've landed on as the best suited for my needs after indeed looking a bit around. It is meant more as a really nice extra bow either while my main bow is being rehaired or forr different pieces, as they are quite different. My main bow is a Pfretzschner with a very stiff stick and lots of glassy overtones. This one feels a bit softer and slimmer in the hand and grabs the string more easily and produces a warmer sound, even if it is not quite as brilliant as the Pfretzschner. I haven't seen other Weichold bows in person, but you think it is unipressive? It's by no means flashy, but it does feel well made and plays very well, maybe the best of about eight I have on loan at the moment including several French bows and a few much more expensive. I've done a bit of research on the Weichold "brand", and it seems there was indeed one or two makers of that name working in the shop? But that's why I'm asking if it's possible to tell which maker in the Weichold shop could be behind the bow, since I suppose the work of Richard Weichold himself would be a fair bit more pricey?
  13. I am thinking of buying this bow which I am starting to like quite a lot. I was wondering if any of you in here can provide me with a bit more info, as I'm not very good with identifying bows myself. It has R Weichold, Dresden stamped on the playing side and an arrow going through RW on the top of the stick, but not the Imitation de Tourte stamp that I've heard was on the finer Weichold bows. The only information I have so far is that the bow came from a professional musician whose name I have now forgotten. Can anyone tell me more about it? Like if this bow was made by Weichold himself or, if not, who might have made it, the approximate year, if the fittngs seem original etc? I do want to learn about bows as well, so all teaching is highly appreciated. Also, out of pure curiosity, what do Weichold cello bows typically cost? I've read that the violin bows go for around 2500$. This one is significantly more expensive than that, but to be fair, it is quite a nicely playing bow, so the price doesn't feel unreasonable to me at all. And of course cello bows are more expensive in general.
  14. At least two it is. So for two tubes, one in each opposing corner facing each other is probably best, right? And then I just add to the other corners if I want more power
  15. Thanks for the replies guys! I think I do like the idea of rotating the instrument. The only experience I have with UV boxes is when I covered the inside of a cardboard box in aluminium foil and set up and old party tube I had. It was a very tight space, so not much light could get around, and therefore I think the side facing the light definitely got more light. This might not be relevant in a box with just a little more room around the instrument, however. If a cello is what, about 125cm, a 36W tube would be almost perfect at 120cm, right? Do you think I should go with one or two, and what configuration is best if I don't want to bother rotating the cello?