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  1. It's very true that there exist a plethora of anonymous German bows out there especially between the 2 world wars but nevertheless I love the buzz of discovery when an expert is able to put a name to one.. Believe it or not that's my real motivation....although what Martin said is very true. It is much easier to value a confirmed named bow. However the financial aspect it is not my principal motivation . I simply love the voyage of discovery...
  2. Martin, Mr. Stewart will know from the cradle, all he needs to know about “mark ups” Dear Jacob, I do not think that is a pleasant remark to make and I do think you should show some more respect to those who have passed on. " Wally Stewart" as you call him made a very valuable contribution with his translation of the HAMMA book from German to english...and was very respected amongst the violin making circles in Cremona... Morassi, Conia, Portanti, Scrollavezza just to name a few...
  3. Dear Martin, I understand all that you are saying, but I can guarantee also that I am not trying to undermine anybody. I am genuinely fascinated with good German bows; named or not. Some I keep for myself others I get for my colleagues. I am not doing this out of a purely financial gain. The whole business of how a good bow can improve a fiddle also really fascinates me.The FRITZ MEINEL bow for example I wanted to share simply out of pride to be able to play on such a beautiful bow from a maker that perhaps many do not know. These threads and conversations can sometimes lead off onto a wrong tangent. Akin to a wrong turning o the map. Suddenly we find the destination is not the one we intended....
  4. Unfortunately my father Walter Stewart passed away back in 2006....but he certainly was always a larger than life character.
  5. Yes you have a point there. But this particular dealer more than over does it and has a tendency to denigrate those who manage to sell a product of similar quality for substantially less.
  6. That's him Jacob. Your dad is Wilfred Saunders?My father always spoke in glowing terms of Wilfred. Great fiddle maker!!!
  7. Dear Hempel, I just read your post, and would like to defend myself. I also like transparency...I am a violinist myself Associate Leader of the Portuguese Symphony Orchestra....so I play a bit.... I was brought up learning to respect the great tradition in German bowmaking. My father Walter James Stewart was on first name terms with some of the finest German bowmakers; Albert Nürnberger Hans Karl Schmidt Horst and Heinz Pfretzschner...just to mention a few. In fact he was responsible for being one of the first englishman to bring fine German bows onto the English market in the late 1960's through at the time Alan Wilkes who was running Guiviers in London. Karl Schmidt is not " SOMEONE...TO CHRISTEN A BOW for €400 ...he is one of the most respected authorities on German bows. He will only " christen" a bow if he is sure....The fact that Hempel and Mr Jacob Saunders choose to denigrate Mr Hans Karl Schmidt is in itself a big mystery to me. Yes there are a lot of anonymous german bows out there( not difficult considering bows only started to be stamped late in the 19th century) but there are also a lot of unamed german bows that Hans Karl Schmidt can identify like the FRITZ MEINEL bow I posted on Maestronet which Jacob chose to believe I purchased on E bay!!!! Hempel...I can appreciate the qualities of a good playing bow...and when I say I am giving colleagues the opportunity to buy decent bows at fair prices I mean the following... We have instrument dealers here in Portugal who buy Brazilian bows and put anything from 200% markup on the price. Criminal!!!!!!! I myself 5 years ago was a victim of this particular situation. I paid €2000 for a silver mounted brazilian bow which I later found out that one particular dealer here in Portugal had bought for €600. All I am doing is trying to readdress the balance... I am able to sell contemporary named silver-mounted german bows with generations of tradition in bowmaking between 1000-2000 euros... as well as some good unamed german bows. Nothing scandalous or unfair about that....So perhaps that is why Nancy or anyone else is not running away from me....
  8. Dear Martin, Many thanks for your words of wisdom that emanate from many years of experience.
  9. Sorry, really, my mistake then... You know Mathias got back to me on that question of the possible Nürnberger bow... Did you read what I wrote. I addressed you on the subject just to fill you in....very interesting development!
  10. The two frogs side by side... https://photos.app.goo.gl/XPVhK1GPhhr65LxXA
  11. Dear Martin, Just wanted to share....I might be getting closer to solving this particular conundrum! The Nürnberger connection makes sense. Mathias Wohlleber got back to me...and perhaps " lightening does strike in the same place twice!" Mathias mentioned that the head on the stick looks quite similar to FRITZ MEINEL.(who as you know worked in close association with Albert Nürnberger )And in fact if one consults the DEUTSCHE BOGENMACHER the Meinel example is very similar. Not the frog....but the stick and head. Now the frog from my " MEINEL" with the Hans Karl Schmidt certificate is also very similar to the frog in the photos I posted here . I have to say all this gives me quite a buzz! I think when Covid settles down Mathias suggested I could show him the bow in person. Will do that as I have yet to visit Berlin. Anyway just wanted to share. All the best.
  12. Dear Jacob, Good to see you in such good spirits. Must be because we gave the Ukraine a good beating yesterday.
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