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Hello all, Years ago I acquired a very nice Albert Nurnberger bow from a friend who found it at an estate sale. Consensus here was that stick is an authentic Nurnberger from the 20's, but the frog isn't. Playing it on a violin seemed to confirm this, it's quite a stunner. As I'm actually a violist, I play that 90% of the time and the Nurnberger just sits in my case. Since the Nurnberger is easily my best bow, I like to try and play it every so often on my viola. While it has a nice tone, at only 59gr, it's just not heavy enough for any sort of power. I got to thinking that perhaps it would make a nice viola bow. Since the frog isn't original, I don't have much an incentive to keep it as I found it. In truth, it's as long as my current viola bow, so perhaps that what it was before someone slapped a frog on it. (744mm as measured from the tensioner button to the tip) Here are pics of my bow as-is: 59g - 744mm I've been doing some research and it seems his viola bows weigh around 69-72g. What I would like some help with is how to purchase a suitable viola frog as a replacement. The only ones I can find are on Ebay from China. While they "seem" to bear some resemblance to Nurnberger viola frogs. It would be amazing to find an original, but I imagine that is a distant possibility. I probably can't afford to commission one, so I'm left with either a cheap import and placing a want ad for some antique frogs. I would like to get as close to what an original Nurnberger frog looks like, so perhaps you folks can be of help to me. Here are some pictures of Nurnberger viola frogs. Here are some picture of a close replacement I found on the 'bay:
Hey friends, As I've mentioned before, my fiancée wants to do graduate work in early violin. At it stands, her two instruments are both modern - at her request I did put a set of pirastro chorda on her second fiddle, but of course that's even less than a half measure. I understand that some great classical instruments have been 'rehabilitated' in that they have been refit with straight necks, etc. I am interested in trying a conversion on an inexpensive factory instrument of some kind and would very much appreciate any suggestions you maestros and maestras might have. As it stands, these are the things I think I would need to do, but am sure I'm missing things. -make a new neck and modify the fingerboard to suit -modify the bass bar -adjust graduation, since I'll have the top off anyway -new bridge and soundpost, tailpiece & gut -gut strings Thanks for your time! Best always, Jackson