Oh no ... exploring new discussion areas can be dangerous.
First I find out that Stewart-McDonald is within fairly reasonable driving distance, and second, that a regular MD can be converted to a bowed MD. Not good -- not good at all! (At least for my bank account most likely.)
So, IF I convert a regular MD to a bowed MD -- just for test drive, I should probably pick a teardrop style, raise the center string ~ 1/8", and buy a violin bow (full-size or 3/4?)... and look where for more how-to instructions?