Jeremy Ard

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  1. It seems to me that it is only (some) string players have this problem with left-hand right-hand orientation. Those of us who have played since the year dot just learned to play the instrument as designed - no questions asked. Do we hear the orientation of wind instruments questioned? No Just imagine what it would be like if everything we do had to be done according to whether we are left-handed or right-handed. For example, driving a car - right handed peolpe drive on the right side, left-handed people on the left. Can you imagine the carnage in somewhere like London or New York. The roads are bad enough without that sort of problem. Stringed instruments of the violin family were designed, long before Stradivarius and his pals, to be bowed with the right hand and the tunes created by the left hand. Both hands have equal strength - it's just that the strength is used in different ways.
  2. So far as I am aware, the style of mounting the bow with a half-round underslide that travels along a round recessed track in the stick was one of the many innovations of JB Vuillaume in the 19th century. Don't get me wrong - this is not a Vuillaume bow! For starters the frog looks to me to be a plain wooden one that had been ebonised. I would like to guess the country of origin. Suffice to say that I have 4 or 5 German bows in my "one day I will look at these" box with similar mountings. They all have fake ivory frogs and adjusters. In working order they look nice but are worth very little.
  3. I have in my collection of violins one labelled Emile Germain a Paris, 5 Faubourg, Montmartre 1898. It has a two piece maple back with medium/faint curl. The front is spruce with narrow grain in the centre, broadening out to the flanks. The varnish is a light golden brown colour. There is an indeciferable wax stamp in the back just below the button. LOB 358mm I am certain that this is not French, but am uncertain as to where it might have been made. Does anyone have some ideas? It would be nice to give it some provenance. Many thanks