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Brad Dorsey
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About 20 or 25 years ago, the firm that took over Aubert (bridges) used to send a very nice sales representative around every now and then. He sold me a couple of Celli that they had made. I visited them, on his invitation, in Mirecourt, where they showed me around the firm. About 8 people were sitting there making Celli, and the bridge factory was fascinating. One of their trade marks was the meaningless name “George Michael”, which I teased him about, because there was a pop singer of the same name back then

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On 3/29/2021 at 9:51 PM, Strad O Various Jr. said:

i don't see any pins and the button looks really cheap

There is one pin in each ring.

 

14 hours ago, GeorgeH said:

Was the mortice made with a router?

I can't tell because it has square ends.

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Brad, these bows have been sold as "French" by Southwest Strings:  https://www.swstrings.com/product/bows/viola/GP-VOB20.  But I see that a German shop associates them with GEWA: https://www.musik-schiller.de/en/8899-violabogen .  I think GEWA is still a German company, so I give up.  Given the price listed there (999Euros for a viola bow), they ain't cheap.  A related question I would ask is, when did the U.S. stop requiring the country of manufacture to be stamped on bows sold here? 

Richard

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2 hours ago, Richf said:

Brad, these bows have been sold as "French" by Southwest Strings:  https://www.swstrings.com/product/bows/viola/GP-VOB20.  But I see that a German shop associates them with GEWA: https://www.musik-schiller.de/en/8899-violabogen .  I think GEWA is still a German company, so I give up.  Given the price listed there (999Euros for a viola bow), they ain't cheap.  A related question I would ask is, when did the U.S. stop requiring the country of manufacture to be stamped on bows sold here? 

Richard

GEWA is a wholesaler firm, located in Germany but selling stuff from elsewhere. The detailled description of the bow still calls it "Mirecourt".https://www.musik-schiller.de/en/violabogen/2086-gewa-g-michel-mirecourt-viola-bogen.html

OTOH, within the EU it's sometimes possible (and often subject to court trials, f.e. Schwarzwälder Schinken;)) to give products names having not much to do with the real place of production. But since ca. 20 years now the Aubert bridges available here aren't stamped Made in France anymore, but Made in Germany. So I'm completely understanding the reason for confusion.

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On 3/31/2021 at 4:28 AM, Brad Dorsey said:

I can't tell because it has square ends

 

On 3/30/2021 at 1:29 PM, GeorgeH said:

Was the mortice made with a router?

The rounded marks of a router are often still visible at the ground of the mortice, in opposite to the straight of a chisel.

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21 minutes ago, Blank face said:

 

The rounded marks of a router are often still visible at the ground of the mortice, in opposite to the straight of a chisel.

I didn't see any router marks on the ends and on the "floor" of the mortise.  But it's possible that the mortise was roughed out with a router and then finished with a chisel to remove the router marks.

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