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shjotat
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how do i know i have enough rosin on my bow to start playing?

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Too little rosin and the bow won't make any sound. Too much rosin and dust will build up on the fiddle top.

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Exactly right. Couldn't have said it better. My experience is that most have too little actually. Once you have put enough rosin the first time you don't need to add that much and that often afterwards. The first time takes can take 15 minutes if the hair and the rosin are new.

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Fiddlerman said:

Exactly right. Couldn't have said it better. My experience is that most have too little actually. Once you have put enough rosin the first time you don't need to add that much and that often afterwards. The first time takes can take 15 minutes if the hair and the rosin are new.

I use to put on too much. my friend and i would sit there for 5 mins a day putting rosin on our bows. our teacher eventually told us that we only really needed about 5 swipes. it use to make me sneeze from the amount of dust

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so keep it well covered, thank you

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only if its a brand new bow. if its older, use a lot less rosin

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I actually made a video on how to rosin your bow. The only thing is that it doesn't apply to newly re-haired bows.dazed

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haha guess it's time for you to make another video 😛

 

speaking of re-hairing bows, Ive never needed to get mine rehaired so my questions are:

1) how do you know when it needs re hairing

2) who do you go to to get it re haired

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September 22, 2011 - 8:19 am
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For me mostly when there are not enough hairs left on the bow. Half the hairs for example. When I wear off so many hair that they begin to break after each and every piece. However, if you have a bow that is a few years old and have been playing a lot it may be so worn out that you need new fresh hair. As long as the grip is good don't worry about it because it won't improve anything and it is quite expensive.

When you need to re-hair you go to a luthier, violin shop, or music store. Lot's of music stores have connections to luthiers and bring all the bows there, have them delivered, or shipped in the case where they don't have their own luthier.

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I see references to "unbleached Mongolian horse hair." As opposed to what, exactly? Are there different types of hair in use? Synthetics?

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There are many kinds and qualities of real horse hair such as, Regular textures, coarse textures, Mongolian, premium select, unbleached white, black though there is a lot to learn about this.

Also synthetic hair which is basically plastic.

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My next rehair I think I'm going to steal some hair off of mt daughter's horse.  He has a beautiful long black tail and I hope she won't notice a little bit missing.devil-violin

 

Who knew I would need a calculator to post on here.

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Don't invest too much money in a calculator just yet. After 100 posts they math disappears. thumbs-up

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I rosin the bow after every 9-12 hours of playing, maybe sooner, if notice that it doesn't catch a string. 

Don't know about re-hearing... For me it's a bit easier to buy a new one. I have a bow that was with the violin and it's not a really good one. (Actually having a good bow won't help me, kamikaze violinist rofl)

 

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I tested about 6 or 7 bows with an amazing result.  The bow which sounds best only cost $28.  Each violin will have a bow which sounds best and I've found mine.
Makes a big difference.

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That is great news Oliver. That goes to prove that sometimes you get more than what you pay for.

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I know what you mean Oliver. I posted the same thing a few weeks ago that I like the wood bows that came with my Cecilio violins better than a more expensive carbon fiber bow. It really does make a difference. I bought 3 bows from that guy that was selling bows here on the forum and I only like one of them. Glad you are happy with your bow. I did do the burning hair test as Barry posted and they all passed as real horse hair but who knows? Lots to learn for me. I compare this to different guitar picks where you would think it won't make a difference but it really does.

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should i clean off the rosin buildup on the strings? 😛

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Did you get a soft cloth with your fiddle G? Wipe off your strings when your done for sure I think. It took me a couple months before I could understand how much rosin to put on the bow. At first I was watching clouds of smoke coming off the strings as I bowed.

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i got a cover for the whole violin when its in the case. but i should be able to use a sock right?

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