Craigers

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  1. I don't think that CA causes any issues with removal of broken tips. A damaged tip can be carefully filed off and and any remaining glue can be removed with solvent.
  2. I always see these on older Scherl & Roth instruments but they usually have quit working by now
  3. The sound will be as silvery as angels wings, amiright?
  4. If you remove the frog from the stick, you can clean any muck that is on the underside and then apply a little baby powder to it. This will allow the frog to travel more freely and do no damage to the stick.
  5. Ok, now I see. that's for folks who don't like their posts with no strings attached.
  6. What's going on with the twine in the picture? it looks like it is underneath the cleat.
  7. Yes, but even after opening this slightly to allow for a more gradual transition, the hair still doesn't want to stay put at the edges.
  8. I normally use bass wood but only the hardest bass wood I can find and cut on the quarter. Again though, I don't have this problem with wooden frogs, only the composite frogs seem to have this issue.
  9. For those of you who rehair bows: There is a certain American company that is very popular for their carbon fiber bows. Now that they also make the frogs from synthetic materials I have noticed an issue, specifically with the cello bows. The issue is that it seems nearly impossible to get the hair to stay spread out for the entire width of the ferrule. After a time the hair always wants to gather in the center of the ferrule leaving small gaps near the edges. I re-hair many bows and only have this issue on this specific type of bow so I know it's not just me. I'm curious if others are having this problem and if they have found any satisfactory work arounds.
  10. 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.
  11. I always called it a pinky leather
  12. Craigers

    Free Pianos

    Here's a banjo bridge I made from recycled piano parts
  13. 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.
  14. 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?
  15. 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.