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I have a broad interest in seeing if aspects of the violin bow could be modernized to allow for greater ease in the process of rehairing. I noticed in eBay auction listings that the Kay bow frogs have an exposed screw on the slide area. I have attempted to purchase one for examination but I have thus far been unsuccessful (there are economic limits to my curiosity). Does anyone have one or worked on one? I want to know if this screw is just a means of removing the slide or is it employed on some mechanism to secure the hair on the frog.
I found a patent (#1,912,961 of June 6, 1933) for a steel fabricated bow, but it looks to have made use of conventional wood wedges for the hair. I also came across a single eBay ad where a combination of horse hair hank/bow frog was sold at a cost of about $9 shipped from China. This technique would solve half the problem.
I would be remiss if I did not thank Fiddlerman for determining that the screw on the slide of the Kay bow frog did not yield some secret mechanism.
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