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  1. Old Bow Identification

    Hey guys, First time poster here and while not new to music, rather new to fiddle. I recently purchased this bow and like the way it plays. It is about 64g and helps me a draw a phat, deep sound from my instrument. The person I bought it from told me it was German circa 1910 +/- a few years. I bought it as an unstamped bow. He wasn’t sure if it was brasilwood or pernambuco. However, upon closer inspection I saw the very faint remnants of a stamp. But I can’t make it out. So two questions, based on the pictures below, can anyone make out the stamp? And do you think this a pernambuco stick? Thanks for your help.
  2. Red violin bow hair?

    I was watching the Menuhin Junior Competition and came upon a violinist playing with red bow hair: I know that black bow hair can be used to better grab thicker strings, but is there any practical use for the red hair or is it just an aesthetic thing? Also what are the methods for turning the hair red? Thanks!
  3. Correct Way to Tilt the Bow

    Hi. Recently I encountered a harmonics passage that requires tilting of the bow, but I don't which one of these is the smartest way (and easiest way to recover back to normal) to tilt: 1) Tilt by rotating the bow with fingers only (I tried but this causes thumb touching the bow hair, which is uncomfortable) 2) Tilt by bending the wrist only 3) Tilt by OPENING the right shoulder only 4) Tilt by RAISING the right shoulder only or it's a combination of these????? Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!! *P.S. I will be annoying you guys with my grauduation project surveys about violin postures soon
  4. Hi, I finally get my friggin' Up-Bow Staccato of Kreutzer 4 up to 80BPM, and Sautillé of Kreutzer 2 down to 70BPM, but I'm sooooooo curious about the relationship (family) between these crazy bow strokes... (even though obviously I can't work on a new bow stroke before I can control these two when playing up to tempo) Because in Chinese, Arpeggiando is " 琶音跳弓", ("跳弓"= Spiccato), yet, Ricochet is called " 拋弓"... Does it mean that Arpeggiando is a baby of the Spiccato family instead of the Ricochet family? Or it's both? (Spiccato & Ricochet have a baby together) thank you
  5. Hello, I am looking for a bow from Tarisio auction. My budget is maximum $6000 (including premium), and it seems that there are some fine bows within the price range in this auction. The problem is I am not in the US, so commissioning is impossible. It would be much appreciated if someone shares his/her opinion, who commissioned bows at Tarisio New York. (Especially Lot54(Morizot), Lot81(Martin), Lot89(Thomassin)) Any recommendation is also welcome Thanks.
  6. Metal Bow fittings

    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?
  7. Bow ID?

    Long time lurker, finally coming across some interesting items. I came across a french bow from a violin shop that was very interesting to my eye and plays very well. It is a tortoise shell, gold mounted, with a "Y? V?" stamp under the stick. What do you guys think? Is this a legit bow or not?
  8. Violin bow balance/weight

    Hello! I am trying to figure out if using a different bow would make a difference in playing the violin. I have used the same bow for 10+ years, and I have always had issues with the bow bouncing on long notes (and worse with vibrato). I have tried to fix my bowing technique, but it has always persisted. A few days ago, I rented an electric violin which came with a bow. When I was playing it, I realized that the bow did not bounce as much. Now I am trying to figure out why, and buy a violin bow that will make playing easier for me. Violin bow 1 (the shaky one) is heavier, with the balance point closer to the frog. Violin bow 2 is lighter, with the balance point closer to the tip. Bow 2's balance point is further from the frog, which means the tip is heavier. But when I actually hold the bow, it feels like bow 1 is heavier at the tip than bow 2 maybe due to the difference in weight. So now I am confused. If anyone can help me out and explain what difference a different weight or balance of a bow can make, it would be a great help!
  9. Bow identification

    Hello, i'm from Argentina, I have an old violin bow whit an exotic wood stick and ivory frog, and need some opinions of them to ID his origin and maybe his maker , I apreciate all the contributions, cheers!!!
  10. The bow that came with my budget but old violin needs a rehair but also a replacement tip. It's seems to be a decent quality bow so is it worth paying the amount required to set this up for future use? Is it old or just used a lot - leather pad has perished somewhat? What material was used for the metal the internal metal parts? Looks like gold but surely not? Happy new year to all!
  11. Bow wrapping device?

    I've run across this item, donated by Harold Hayslett's family, and I suspect it is for wraping bows? If not, then what the heck is it? How is it used?
  12. Engraved James Tubbs bow

    Any knowledgeable person out there who knows what this engraving means on my Tubbs bow?
  13. Another british bow

    This time I have this bow. It is stamped BILTON (?) Again, using the Jacob Saunders article, I could say this bow round 1820, but it looks a cheaper one from 1840/50. What do you think.
  14. Hello. This forum had been such a great resource so far for me as a passionate hobby luthier. Sometimes you come across things and wonder if it’s authentic, like this W.E. Hill cello bow. What seems right By playing it it feels like it because despite it’s pretty superb. There is a little nick in the form of an Y in the lower mortise which would indicate that it’s by Sydney Yeoman. The varnish is reddish oil based. What seems questionable The frog is a nice piece of high quality ebony for sure but it doesn’t have that smooth polish. Or I would expect more of a polish. what seems off The tip is not made of silver but of ivory. There are no markings on the tip. And the metal bits on the frog aren’t silver. What do you guys think? Could this be real? It comes from an auction and bought it for 2900 kr in Norway which equals to 350 USD. It’s a nice price for a very a superbly playing bow. It might be dirt cheap for a W.E. Hill. If it’s real what would the value more or less be? And what might be the value if it were fake? About restoring bows. I restore bows. Rehairing and repairing. The silver plated winding should ideally be replaced and the leather too of course. If this is well done on a real Hill bow would it increase or decrease the value? Or should I rewind it with the original but worn wire? Greetings, Douwe
  15. Bow repair question.

    Got a bow in for repair and re-hair from the local music shop. The wood of the bow I just discovered is cracked and the eyelet, which is slightly undersized has such thin walls that it does not hold when tensioning the bow hair. An new eyelet of the correct thread will not tread into the frog because the stem is also undersized by 0.2 mm. Easy enough (yes?) to drill out the frog to the right dimension for the new eyelet. A 7/64 drill bit worked well on a tes piece of ebony. But the width of the new eyelet needs to be filed down to fit the bow slow but at least 0.2 mm. Depth is OK so I can leave the height if the eyelet alone which is where the old eyelet failed. So my main question is is the bow crack an issue that needs to be addressed any other way that gluing with hide glue? Or would you use white glue? The store told me this was a $600 bow. I am reminded of the Pink Panther when Inspector Clouseau destroys this grand piano and the butler reminds him that is a "Priceless Steinway"... and Clouseau responds "Not any more"...
  16. I am curious about the devaluation caused by a couple of repairs. Removing a frog from a bow stick can be quite a delicate job, and those who do it incorrectly risk the eyelet catching the stick and chipping it. A repair I often see on bows is some sort of epoxy filler to cover up this common mistake. It is not the prettiest of fixes, so does it have any affect on bow value? Another common damage I see is that some bows have warped ferrules due to a tight spreader wedge. How severe is this damage? Also what would be the effect of a bushing to a valuation?
  17. Bow Hair of Bow Strokes???

    Should we keep using full hair when bowing from tip to frog (for basic full bows)? Because the book I learn at first said "when bowing near the frog, the bow should be slightly tilted outwards (hair towards bridge), as the hair hear frog is tighter, which makes sound harder to produce" ??????????????????
  18. Bow Holds???

    I wanna hold the bow following the Franco-Belgian style as I tried the German & Russian style but they don't feel suitable (comfortable) to me... But I don't know if my bow hold is "Franco-Belgian" enough? Or is it still "generally considered as wrong"??? A. Franco-Belgian "The (2)index finger comes into contact with the stick at the extreme end of its second joint, which is hereby thrust further forward to a noticeable degree. There is an intervening space between (2)index and (3)middle fingers, with the (1)thumb opposite to the (3)middle finger; the bow-hair being at an excessive tension and the stick in an inclined position." *Notes By Itzhak Perlman: -(2)index finger's second joint -Space between all fingers -(5)little finger tip rest on wood bent B. German: -(2)index finger's first line "The index finger presses upon the stick with its lower surface, on an approximate level with the knuckle between the first and second joints; whereby the remaining fingers are brought into the position thus determined, the thumb lying opposite the middle finger. All the fingers are pressed closely together, and the bow-hair is moderately tensed." C. Russian: -(2)index finger's second line "The index finger touches the stick at the line separating the second from the third joint, and in addition embraces with its fist and second joints. There is a very small interval between index and middle finger. The index finger assumes the guidance of the bow, and the little finger only touches it at its lower half while playing. The bow hairs being slack, the stick held straight."
  19. The Development of The Cello Bow

    I wonder if anyone in the group could advise me if there exists an archive of images and/or information on French cello bows from across the date range 1800-1900? I am researching the development of the cello bow but can find very little information on the CELLO - most authors seem to think that there is only one string instrument - the VIOLIN. Any help would be greatly appreciated - thank you in advance.
  20. strange bow with silver eyes

    I recently picked up this cello bow branded "J. Hel" on both sides of the stick. The brand looks original and although the bow has a head splice and quite a bit of handle wear, the octagonal stick is made of nice wood and the bow plays wonderfully. So well in fact, that it has become one of my own favourite bows rather than being passed on to my young relative as was originally intended. To my surprise, the eyes on both sides of the frog and at the end of the button are made of solid silver and not pearl. I have not seen this anywhere else, but is this common to any makers, or could it be something that was added later on to add weight? More generally, do anyone care to venture a guess as to the possible maker of this bow? I know that a lot of octagonal J Hel bows were made by CN Bazin, but to me this does not look like his hand, although possibly one of his apprentices - the head reminds me of Thomassin, if not the ferrule (provided that the frog and button are even original). any input much appreciated
  21. Help identifying a violin and bow

    Hi all! My name is Alex, I'm an European pro clarinetist (and an avid amateur fiddler!) working in NY. I play classical music as a job with the clarinet but I always wanted to play violin, so a few years ago I just bought a cheapo violin in a pawn shop and began teaching myself (with the constant help of some of the colleagues in my orchestra) in order to play bluegrass (I super like that music!). First, thank you so much for this forum, I've spent so many hours reading you... I love it. Ok, let me go directly to the point of the question: Two years ago I found this violin in a garage sale in a farm in rural WA and bought it, I just like a lot the wood. For whatever reason that I can't fully explain, I really like this violin; I'm curious about its origins. any opinions would be greatly appreciated! Thank you so much again!!
  22. 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:
  23. Synthetic hair

    Not my auction, not my circus, but I am posting this here in case anyone can use it: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Lot-of-Synthetic-Bow-Hair-31-lbs-of-NOS-008-46-for-Cello-Viola-Violin-Bass-/112376390087 cheers, wm_crash, the friendly hooligan
  24. Hello All, Can anyone help me please identify the markings on the bow and also origin of the bow? I never saw this kind of stamps on the bow before. Maybe someone got any idea. I just added more pictures. Thank you in advance.
  25. Hi, I should start by saying I am not a musician, I wanted desperately to be, and tried many instruments when I was younger but I am apparently completely talent-less, so I may struggle with industry terms..... I bought the following at a recent auction on a whim (yes i know dumb) because i thought it was just elegant, and love tactile things... (again yes i know) I just wanted to try and identify if it is only worthy of wall decoration, or if I should be doing something else with it. My total investment was £50, and so I am very happy if it is just for decoration, but I thought I should try to find out more about it. Thanks in advance for any help! Simon (these were just taken quickly with my phone, I can get better pics if that helps more...) it is just short of 75cm from the base, across the bow to the tip, and weighs just shy of 60grams.