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  1. Craigers

    Bow rehair question

    Is the frog reasonably tight to the stick? Sometimes if it's loose the frog will rotate around the stick a bit making the bow look crooked. Also, the stick may have a slight weakness or natural curve that can become worse when put under tension. As far as bows with a lot of camber warping when tightened, this has not been my experience and I don't that think this is the issue.
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    Bow leather for pinky

    I always called it a pinky leather
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    Free Pianos

    Here's a banjo bridge I made from recycled piano parts
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    Can you help appraise my violin?

    To me it goes back to the varnish. The varnish from post war European instruments though sometimes antiqued is different than this. If you look at pictures of the Collin Mezins from the 50's that you referenced the varnish is different, if you look at the antiqued Mougenot violins the varnish is different. The only instruments I've seen with this exact type of varnish are from China.
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    Can you help appraise my violin?

    I would be interested to hear why it can't be Chinese. I've seen instruments that look very much like this that I know were made in China. There are many producers in China making instruments of varied styles and quality, so why not this one?
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    Can you help appraise my violin?

    Why not China? The blatant layered and antiqued varnish and lack of a label are just two things that point directly towards a Chinese instrument. The wood for the back looks similar that seen in French instruments but the varnish is wrong.
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    Can you help appraise my violin?

    But that varnish screams made in China!
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    Can you help appraise my violin?

    Looks to me like a rather new Chinese import
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    Answers when a customer said the repair was tooexpensive.

    I completely agree with # 1 but... We all know #2 is not correct. Disregarding your own judgment and experience to please a customer who is "right" will lead to larger problems. Personally it seems that the only time I have complaints from clients is when I disregard my better judgement and change my normal work procedures to try to please a someone who thinks that they know best. If someone doesn't trust you enough to do work the way you see best then why are they coming you in the first place?
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    Bow hair is tight

    My guess is that the bow that becomes tight either has a weak stick, very little camber or both. Bows that have strong sticks and a lot of camber, while still effected by humidity changes, are much less likely to become overly tight when the humidity decreases. A good rehairer will take notice of these things when working on the bow and adjust accordingly. But like Jerry said, try to regulate the humidity for the health of your whole setup.
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    Bow hair is tight

    Sometimes it's also possible to remove the plug in the head, tie the hair shorter and return the hair and plug. This avoids having to disassemble the frog but is not always possible because mortices in heads tend to be more shallow than those in the frog.
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    About violin bridge tuning

    Are you supposed to take it off the instrument before giving the bridge the treatment?
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    Proper installation of bridge parchment

    Here's what I do: Put the parchment on your tongue and let it soften. The parchment usually has a smooth and a rough side, your tongue will tell you which side is which. Once softened, use a toothpick to apply a thin film of wood glue to the rough side of the parchment. Position the parchment over the groove in the bridge and apply a bit of pressure to bond with the top or the bridge. Next pinch the parchment between two fingers and roll your fingers to stick the parchment to the sides of the bridge. Then press the parchment into the string groove. When you do this, the sides will bulge slightly but you can smooth it out with a fresh tooth pick. Let it dry, apply graphite to the groove if you wish and you're finished.
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    Suggetion to avoid crossing hair doing bow rehair

    Regarding the length of the hair, I find it very important to look at the amount of camber there is in the stick. Generally if the stick has very little camber you have to make the hair longer than you would if the stick has a lot of camber. If the stick has a lot of camber and you leave the hair long, it will seem that you have to turn the adjuster forever to get enough tension on the hair, but a stick with little camber very quickly goes from loose to tight.