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Broken Nurnberger bow stick
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steveduf
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February 15, 2019 - 2:23 pm
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@Irv  

what do you think... 2 breaks,

for fun, think it can be fixed?2797A4B2-8FD3-4073-AED1-97BC0351233C.jpegImage Enlarger0557CBFD-FDCA-44C8-9CBB-D1FECB851FF3.jpegImage EnlargerA853613E-7263-461E-808C-4569197BFC39.jpegImage Enlarger

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Hi @steveduf.  If it was the likes of the bows I used up until a few weeks ago, I would say to throw it in the trash.  But that is a wonderful stick (I missed out on one of those a few weeks ago when bidding went to $700.  It was likely a bargain even then).  

The repair I am suggesting will likely render the stick valueless, but may spark a gleam in Mack’s eyes.  Here goes.

Regarding the break in the stick proper.  Saw ends perpendicular to length.  Chuck each end in lathe and bore/ream to 5.5 mm.  Glue in short length of 5.5 mm carbon fiber tube.  Alternate, same procedure but insert approximate 1/4 inch of sewing machine needle segment in each direction.

Regarding the break in stick end.  Discard existing bow head.  Cut off end of donor carbon fiber bow to match desired final length.  Taper end of wood stick with a modified peg reamer to match interior pitch of carbon fiber head end.  Glue with bocaholly’s famous Golf head epoxy or equal, carefully matching frog orientation.

Regarding original damage.  Resolve to end relationship with existing boy/girl friend.

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February 22, 2019 - 4:53 pm
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I can't say. I wouldn't. I have a great Nurnberger and the tip doesn't look like that. The varnish is very misleading as well.
I have however seen wonderful restorations by talented luthiers in my day.

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February 22, 2019 - 5:43 pm
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I went to a violin maker last week that had seven bows stamped Nürnberger in his cabinets.  I was amazed that I did not care for any of them.  The violin maker was not.  He said that most of the bows stamped with that name were fakes.  The said that the real ones are wonderful.

Research is what I’m doing when I don’t know what I’m doing.  —Werner von Braun

Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible.         —Frank Zappa

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Fiddlerman
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February 23, 2019 - 5:33 pm
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Mine just happens to be one of those WONDERFUL ones. 🙂

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February 24, 2019 - 6:30 am
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I wouldn’t expect this to ever be a good bow

it would just be interesting to see if it could be whole again

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Fiddlerman
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February 24, 2019 - 7:30 pm
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It would be very interesting. I admire you for doing it.

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