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Kay Violin Bow Frog, Anyone With Knowledge?
Interested in learning more on a visible screw on the Kay violin bow frog slide area.
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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.  

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January 18, 2018 - 2:05 pm
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That screw is for removing the slide which is not really a slide in this case. 🙂
That is a great idea though, making a bow which would be simple to re-hair.

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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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Irv said
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.    

You are welcome. 🙂

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