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Has anyone ever been killed with a violin bow?
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Hi Everyone;

I haven't been on the site much lately but not for good, funny reason.

I want to share the story about what happened to me soon after I received my Cecilio, cheapo violin. May 7th, 2012, I received my violin and May 26th 2012, I broke my bow.

 First let me just say, when I start any project I'm the type that obsesses. So when I committed to learning violin I natural started practicing for as long as I could daily. I work from home so my violin is always beside me at my computer. When I have a few moments away from my desk I pick up my violin and practice.  

Well, one night while I was getting ready for bed it happened. I picked up my violin and bow, to put it away, but I took a detour to make sure my front door was locked.I had my violin and bow in one hand so I could check the door lock. I checked the lock, turned around and scurried back towards my bedroom. (I scurry everywhere, it's a joke amongst friends and family.) The bedroom was lit but from the front door to the bedroom was not. I walk this path every day so I know that nothing is under foot. I just zoomed at my normal high speed. As I was headed for my bedroom BLAM,CRASH ,SNAP! I was going through a darkened doorway and my bow hit the jamb and snapped in half.

The tip hit the jamb and the other end near the frog jabbed my chest. OUCH...that hurt.

All I said was, "I just broke my bow!" There it was just hanging there over my violin and hand the hairs no longer taunt and my mother's voice ringing in my head, "How many times have I told you not to run with a stick in your hand?"dazed

The next thing I heard from my one man  peanut gallery was, "I wondered how long that would take?" (You can fill in who the peanut gallery is but I will give you a hint...husband.) I couldn't believe that I heard that, so I chose to say nothing. I wanted to but I bit my tongue, so now my tongue is bleeding, my chest hurts and my bow broken.cry

 All I could think was, I wasn't running, I was scurrying.

The  next day I awoke with an incredibly sore chest and a beauty of a bruise. What a dork I am but I still wouldn't say anything about it to the "peanut gallery."

I carried on like nothing had happened. Can you say stubborn?

I had an extra bow that came with my cheapo Chinese violin and I had just ordered Fiddlerman's carbon fibre bow not two days before so I could still practice.

I've not missed a day of practice since getting my violin but wowzers was I hurting.

I thought all the pain I was feeling in my body was just all the contorting my body had to go through to play this violin. I would keep practicing throughout each day until I just couldn't go any longer, then pick up the next day and so on. Remember I wrote earlier, I obsess.

I couldn't sit at my computer for very long, every part of me hurt.  I spent days trying to get comfortable because I couldn't sit, stand or sleep. Finally, almost a month later I asked my husband to drive me to my chiropractor because my back felt out. I honestly thought it was. I have many scurry related incidents so by then I had forgotten the bow incident.

My husband and I go to the same chiropractor so when we go together we go into the doctor's office together as we both get adjusted.

As my doctor was asking the usual questions and taking her test she said "You have two ribs out, your hips are out, shoulders out on and on she went. She uses a body chart and colours in the parts that need work in red. My whole body chart was covered in red. She asked me how I could have done all this, just what was I up to? Well, the peanut gallery chimed in and said," She walked into the door jamb and hit her chest with a bow, would that do it?"

My doctor touched the place I got hit and couldn't believe it. I couldn't believe it either, it still hurt like heck. Apparently, a hit like that can put you out all over the body.

I'm getting and feeling so much better but it seems I have some more adjustments and time until I'm back to 100% scurry mode.

During this time June 11th I think it was, I received a private message from TerryT about Fiddlerman's birthday. As I sat at my computer, I couldn't for the life of me figure out where the reply button was. DUH! I was not focussed to say the least and somehow I lost the message. I just now went on a search for it to see if I could find it and sure enough it was in a file in my mail named Ancestry.ca. What the?

If you are reading this now TerryT, I'm sorry I didn't get back to you but thank you for the invite I appreciated it.

Pierre, happy belated birthday.

So there you have it folks...Fifi is a klutz but a tenacious one!

Oh, did I mention just prior to this accident I had smacked myself in the nose and blackened both my eyes with a vacuum cleaner? I still have the bump on the bridge of my nose but that story will be for another time. 

I will come online more and more as I heal. I just wanted to let you know that I haven't left Fiddlerman nor have I stopped practicing I didn't want everyone to think I'd quit.   

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Fifi La Klutz Fume

 

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Good thing the bow didn't puncture your chest. Get well and don't run with scizzors in your hand, or bows.

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Uh, holy crap Fifi,,,, do you think you may be safer with an harmonica!

That broken bow looks like a weapon,,, seriously, so glad you didn't spear yourself,,, couldn't you just see it on "1000 Ways to Die",,, "woman gets attacked by a violin bow",,,, JC!

So glad you're back with us,,, sort of safely.gold_star

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I hope you get better soon. smile

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Hey Fifi, I was wondering where you had gone. Sorry you
Missed the Birthday Video, but after all that, I missed it too. Couldn't get a decent recording together before I flew off to Italy on holiday.
It's great to have you back but, oh my! It sounds like you are a mobile government health warning! roflol
I'd put the whiskey down and live on pain killers if I were you!
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@KevinM:  I can't imagine what would have happened if my girls were silicone or saline. YIKES!

@ftufc/Fred : Days later the peanut gallery bought me a Kazoo. I love my husband, he is such a funny guy. I'm glad I'm back too!

@starfire: Thank you, I'm almost there.

@TerryT: Seems your a funny guy like my husband too! LOL. I don't use painkillers in pill form but I admit I was using my Fireball (Canadian Cinnamon Whisky)after the bow breaking but not before. I love that stuff so when I'm in pain I have a good excuse to use it. I'm a klutz for good reason, no?

I was doing some slurring for sure...hahaha...

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Stuff happens, Fifi, but at least it wasn't as bad as it might have been, considering the sharp wooden stick involved.

I haven't broke anything violin-related yet, but I figure it is just a matter of time, since I'm a bit of a klutz.

Glad you're mostly alright, as Fred mentioned, it could have been far worse.

 

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Thank you for that hilarious parody DanielB. I couldn't help laughing at it as I can totally relate to it.

After all these years, I still haven't killed myself but I have come close a few times. LOL!

I think the real Lady Gaga is a klutz too, I've seen her fall many times on stage. She just picks herself up like nothing happened. A real Pro!

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Just tell people that you can't have all that talent, beauty and charm AND be graceful.. Just wouldn't be fair to everyone else. y'know?

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FiFi... you have to use that pic of the broken bow as your profile pic... It's awesome!

You never see a pic like that, not that I'm glad you broke it or anything but think for a minute. When was the last time you saw a picture of a violin (broken)? or a violin bow (broken)?

well, that has a kind of hidden storey that could be told by anyone... it just carries a novel with that image of a broken bow... the music has stopped not to be heard again... the bow is dead... such a tragic picture...

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Fifi... All is not lost, you can still use it, if you can duct tape the stick back together.

 

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you can fix the bow with the industrial liquid nails adhesive that is clear its about $4 apply a small amount over one of the halves have some clamps at the ready, use padded or rubber ended clamps if not avail. cut up some squares from a sponge and put them on the ends of the clamps  place the other half onto the glued half place the clamps on tight but not too tight and clean off the excess while its still wet with a rag let it set for about 12 hours till you remove the clamps

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Fifi, you can keep running with your CF bow in your hand. That has to be much more difficult to break. LOL
Don't know about your violin though.

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819dragon said
you can fix the bow with the industrial liquid nails adhesive that is clear its about $4 apply a small amount over one of the halves have some clamps at the ready, use padded or rubber ended clamps if not avail. cut up some squares from a sponge and put them on the ends of the clamps  place the other half onto the glued half place the clamps on tight but not too tight and clean off the excess while its still wet with a rag let it set for about 12 hours till you remove the clamps

fixing a bow like that is like supergluing a crack on a violin. Oh it might fill the crack and hold it together but the final result would be less than acceptable as far as sound production goes. The bow is half the sound produced by the instrument, that's why most pro bows are worth almost half the cost fo the violin.

But... as a consolation... a beginner would probably not even notice the difference on a bow like that.dunno

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Thank you all for the suggestions. I will keep the broken bow as a reminder not to be so careless. Pfft...like that's going to help.

I really  like my new bow much better from Fiddlerman.

@DanielB: Quote"Just tell people that you can't have all that talent, beauty and charm AND be graceful.. Just wouldn't be fair to everyone else. y'know?"

Thank you for that,great ideal.

@cdennyb: You made me see something in that photograph that I hadn't seen before, kind of like an artist suffering...LOL...O.k ...perhaps not that so much but thank you for the insight! Really! 🙂

@Fiddlestix: I can't see the video link that you provided. frown

I read duct tape and knew right then I had to see the video.

@fiddlerguy: If I'd of smacked into the door jamb with my CF bow, I don't think I would have survived. I like my new CF bow very well. I noticed a difference in playing right away. I liked the way it was shipped too. It took awhile to get over the border to Canada, as it looked like it could have been an explosive device.

 

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Fifi... try to open it in a different window... right click on the link, I have to do that myself and it works fine thenl.

 

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What an awful story, Fifi! I'm so sorry that you got hurt but glad that you're getting better. At least your sense of humor wasn't damaged. 🙂

Recommendation: don't take up skydiving or anything involving power tools!

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And this is why I always get nervous when my wife handles my violin! rofl  I love her to death, but she is an absolute klutz!!  I don't know how much money I've spent to have her clarinets and flutes fixed!  

I thought that I wouldn't have anything to worry about when we got our piano......man was I wrong!  I had to repair the lid 3 different times!!  .......although, she claims it was the cats fault on one occasion, but I think I know how that went down! LOL  

Oh well, it can have it's advantages though.  If something happens to my violin, it gives me a good reason to upgrade!  dancing

Me:  "here honey, hold this for a sec"

Da Wife:  "why?  you want a new one, don't you??"

roflol 

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@Fiddlestix: That was awesome. Thanks for that.

 @819dragon: Thank you for the glue idea .I'm not sure it would be worth the effort though. After reading what a klutz I am, can you imagine what I could do with glue like that?

@KindaScratchy Thank you. No worries, I'm so used to doing things likes this, laughing is just part of the healing process. LOL.

I haven't  done the skydiving thing yet but I have done some dumb things with power tools. I could write a book! 

@EJ-Kisz: So you probably can understand why the first thing I heard from my husband was, "I wondered how long that would take"  Poor guy, I wonder if I've ever frightened him. I know he doesn't like to leave me home alone for fear of what I might get up to. LOL.  

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Fifi La Fume said
@EJ-Kisz: So you probably can understand why the first thing I heard from my husband was, "I wondered how long that would take"  Poor guy, I wonder if I've ever frightened him. I know he doesn't like to leave me home alone for fear of what I might get up to. LOL.  

Oh yeah! LOL  Put it this way, we're well stocked on band-aides! dazed  Actually, when she has the case of the "dropsies," as she calls 'em, other objects feel her wrath.....and me of course to! But sometimes she'll get little cuts and bruises and wonder where she got 'em from.  facepalm

Hmm......I think it's time for her to hold one of my bows!  exactly

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