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  1. Any comments about this Bow? The frog and the button doesn't look like an original to me. is this Andre or Joseph? real or fake? Please advise.
  2. Good Morning, I was looking at a friend's child's 3/4 size bow needing a rehair, and I noticed that the mortise hole on the frog is round. The hair was long-gone, and so are the plugs, unfortunately. It almost looks like it was drilled at the factory, with just a hint of square sides at the bottom of the hole. I hadn't seen one like this, and was wondering if this roundish shape is common in the lower priced instruments or some other factor? What would be the best way to make a plug for this type of situation? There is a shallow cavity in the hole, on the ferrule (front) side of the frog. It is very shallow, with just a 'lip' on the top of the hole that faces the front of the frog. Would a simple dowel rod, shaped with a wedge on the ferrule side, be workable? Thanks for any tips/input on this!
  3. Hello, Recently I had a bow's frog replaced (the original frog had a crack in the tongue) and a rehair done. I notice there is a gap between the stick and the screw when the bow is untightened. Is this a problem? The bow seems tighten ok (the gap dissapears) but it seems it takes more turns than is usually required. I've attached a photo.
  4. I have a violin bow frog that was my fathers. I am trying to figure out what the stamp on the frog is from. If anyone has any helpful information to find out more about it, it would be most helpful. Thank you
  5. I inheritted this bow from my grandmother, possibly purchased in the early 1900's. Can anyone identify the maker? It was bought in Argentina possibly from M. Viret, the luthier. Is it worth re-hairing?
  6. 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:
  7. Hello, I am looking for a Hill violin bow frog with stamp "B" to fit my bow. Let me know if there are any for sale. Thank you!
  8. Hi, I was shopping for a bow and have shortlisted two within my budget. Both are intermediate workshop bows; one French and the other Swiss. I prefer the French bow more for its playability but have encountered a snag. The problem lies in the way the frog on the French bow is crafted. My bow grip resembles the following with my thumb half on the frog and half on the wood of the gap between the leather and frog: Looking at the circled part of the frog in the direction of the arrow: The front profile the same part of the Swiss frog (Fig 1) compared to that of the French frog (Fig 2): The French frog tapers to a point roughly represented by the red dot which really digs into my thumb and causes much pain after anything beyond half an hour of playing. I have no issue with the broader profile of the Swiss. My luthier suggests two options: 1. Sand down the pointy part. 2. Replace the frog with a more comfortable model. For obvious reasons, I am unwilling to go with Option 1. and also somewhat hesitant with Option 2. Assuming that for my budget there are no other more suitable bows available (I'm neither in the U.S. nor Europe), how would the learned members on this forum counsel? Should I just forgo the French bow? All advice greatly appreciated. P.S. I found a link to a page describing a very similar problem to mine, except in their case, it's a matter of a sharp edge rather than a point. Both make for uncomfortable thumb contact and thus I believe any solution should be universal to both. The link is: http://www.stringemporium.com/rubber-tube-bass-bow.htm
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