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  1. I dont know about anyone else but im hoping #6 ends up being a Guadagnini or something!
  2. Danddd, if your current bow is doing the trick now, id start saving for a step up bow. You mentioned you were a beginner so your bow may work out for you a little while. However, You will find that a bow is not just a bow. Good bows make playing easier and more rewarding. Perhaps look at a secondhand coda bow or the like. They are predictable and will probably outperform the stick that you were mulling over fixing.
  3. Georgeh, I suppose if one felt this way they could donate these bows to local shops or luthiers who would be willing to invest their time and resources for needy students. I have donated bows to my luthier quite a few times. He would fix them up and the bows went to inner city kids music programs.
  4. Junk bows in the United states are still just junk bows and valued accordingly.
  5. Mho is that the value of the work would far exceed the value of the bow
  6. And made in America. Lol. Its possible it was Mittenwald but has some fanciful charm. You see corners like that on many american fiddles and one piece bottom rib.
  7. Id say American with bought scroll. Cool old fiddle. Welcome to Maestronet, lurk no longer
  8. But so close to “completely” that the state lottery is looking good…
  9. Vision titanium solo will brighten up. I find them very responsive
  10. Depends on the price. If it was set up well and the kid just loved it why not. Assuming he continued playing through his life he most likely would move on at some point to another fiddle
  11. Yes and the weight can change the balance for the positive or negative. I personally like the feel of whalebone
  12. I suppose it depends on what your definition of what the best is. If you are talking about playing characteristics then that is extremely subjective. One bow may sound fab on one violin and mediocre on another. But like violins value is not always dependent on how a something plays. It depends on what it is. So sure, you can find a gold and a silver mounted bow from a good maker with similar playing characteristics but the gold generally will have more value than the silver. All im saying.
  13. If it were gold mounted it would be more desirable i know there are all sorts of arguments to be made however “the best” of anything is always in demand
  14. All things considered id rather have a gold mounted bow to resell than a silver mted one
  15. Not a luthier but ive noticed neck angle makes a difference to my perception of sting tension under my fingers tips.
  16. Looks like a standard german nickel mount trade bow
  17. Have you tried easy solutions first? I had this conversation yesterday with a luthier who had a weird wolf problem. He managed to find a solution with his last by adding a super light chinrest which made the wolf virtually disappear. Ive added mass under the fingerboard in the past…which has helped. I think its more about making it more manageable to play around. A bunch of great instruments have wolfs which has been discussed ALOT on here with different threads. Tons of useful ideas to try. Some aggressive solutions my have unintended negative effects on the overall sound of the instrument.
  18. This New Yorker cartoon seemed to fit this thread
  19. I thought i would just add this Fairfield write up to add some context for the casual reader. I have a stenger fiddle in the herd. It’s actually a really well made fiddle. Ive never seen a bow that was supposedly made by him so have nothing more to add
  20. This picture the ferrule look silver through
  21. And i believe the OP’s ferrule is plated silver as well. You can see the the difference between the silver and copper brass base metal
  22. I didnt see him make it but it fits convincingly well. There are remnants of the silver still there.
  23. It might be if the bottom one is silver plate. I have a very similar ae prager where the button is brass. It was silver plated and worn away ….. actually looking at the stick there are a bunch of similarities
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