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Looking for some thoughts on this bow that came with a very nice fiddle. The bow seems to be a pretty well done pernambuco octagon stick and is a player. Not overly impressed with the frog and adjuster, maybe not original but they seem to fit and work properly but need some restoration. The tip plate looks to have been replaced at some point. Who ever made the stick seemed to know what he was doing. Can post some better pics if needed. Thanks. 

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Yes, Markneukirchen trade in pernambuco/nickel from ca. 1900. Appears all original in my eyes.

There is no reason why this bows can't be a good "player", but the commercial value isn't much.

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2 hours ago, fiddlecollector said:

Looks also to have a hairline crack or repair through the head .

 

Yes, I know what your looking at but It’s not a crack and appears to be in the finish. I don’t think it’s repair either after looking at it again....but I could be wrong. 

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8 hours ago, PhilipKT said:

...Is the button original? It looks big...

I don't know if it's original or not.  It does look bigger than the stick to me.

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1 hour ago, Brad Dorsey said:

I don't know if it's original or not.  It does look bigger than the stick to me.

Thanks for the input. Here are some better pics. My only doubt about the frog and adjuster is the quality compared to the stick which seems pretty good. 

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4 hours ago, shunkpenn said:

My only doubt about the frog and adjuster is the quality compared to the stick which seems pretty good. 

The stick looks nicer in the new photos. But IMO the frog isn't of lower quality, just worn and damaged.

OTOH one mustn't forget that most of this bows weren't made by one hand, often even not made in the same shop. Almost every bow shop, even of Knopf, used bought in frogs from specialists, at least for their cheaper products. A difference in quality between frog and stick is often not exception but usual, though I see more often good frogs of nice wood at roughly made sticks than the other way round.

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