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Carolyn

Viola Bow - Berini

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I have a viola bow that that needs some work,

definitely needs rehairing and the inlay on the frog

is cracked. My question is, whether or not this

bow would be worth having repaired. I have looked

in all of the usual places for a bowmaker by the

name of Berini, but have had no luck. This bow

was part of an outfit that was given to me about

20 years ago, when I played much more seriously.

I am totally clueless as to whether or not I should

have this bow repaired or spend my limited resources

on a new one.

The bow is stamped *BERINI* on the side and GERMANY

on the underside almost underneath the frog. It has

inlay on the (silver?)lined ebony frog w/inlay eye and

3-part button, octagonal stick.

Any info would be helpful.

Thanks

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DEAR CAROLLYN,

GOOD VIOLA BOWS ARE HARD TO COME BY.AS A MAKER

OF VIOLAS I KNOW.REHAIR IS ABOUT $35 AND A NEW SLIDE

WOULD BE ABOUT $25 IF THE BOW PLAYS WELL AND YOU ARE HAPPY WITH IT

IT WOULD SEEM LIKE A GOOD INVESTMENT. IS IT MADE OUT OF BRAZIL WOOD OR

PERNAMBUCO THAT WOULD HAVE A BIG EFFECT ON VALUE. ALSO IS IT SILVER MOUNT OR

GERMINE SILVER MOUNT. TRY LOOKING IN THE AUCTION GUIDE FROM STRINGS

MAG. SOMETIMES YOU CAN FIND A NAME. IF YOU HAVE ANY OTHER

QUESTIONS EMAIL ME AT 3881596@MSN.COM

JOE CONRAD

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I am interested in your question about the Berini viola bow because I have a very good and apparently quite old Berini violin and have been unable to find out when and where it may have been made. Please post a follow-up if you find out anything. David Porter

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