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An ode to a great bow gone to soon
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It is with sad news today that I tell you of the passing of a dear friend. Though our relationship has been tenuous and started out with a screeching cat fight it has slowly (and I do mean slowly) turned into a rather harmonious relationship. It is with deep sadness and regret that I write of your passing. It was sudden and unexpected. While we know how much strenuous activity can be bad for the heart this was bad for the head. But alas it was over quickly (at least we hope so) and you suffered little pain. I wish you well my Fiddlerman Bow and I will think of you fondly.

Sincerely, 

Lindsey 

 

What REALLY happened is, in my enthusiasm of getting this awesome microphone as a gift from my father for a promotion, I was playing my violin on and off all day. Well APARENLTLY I left the bow hair tight when I went to bed. I had had a roaring fire going because it was a rainy cool day and between the temp drop and the humidity change I came out to find my poor bow broken. (I'm sure all the times I've dropped it or hit it on things didn't help)  Luckily I had just placed an order for the Holstien Ipe wood bow so now I'm just eagerly awaiting it's arrival and when money allows I'll purchase another CF one to have as a back up in case I pull this stunt again. 

Oh and a belated HELLO! To all my FM friends that I haven't talked to in about a year. my violin learning has been touch an go lately due to some crazy work schedules and issues at home.  I'm excited to be back at it for more then a few minuets every month. Thankfully  my father has been begging me to practice and record him some songs (he somehow things i sound good...I think he's going deaf with age but hey the encouragement is nice) and with some more free time now it has got me revved up and ready to learn again. So it's good to be back. I'm not sure how much I'll post but I do love watching and reading all your videos and posts!!!

 

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rockinglr33 said
It is with sad news today that I tell you of the passing of a dear friend.......But alas it was over quickly (at least we hope so) and you suffered little pain. I wish you well my Fiddlerman Bow and I will think of you fondly.

If it wasn't so sad, I'd cry !   LOLOL

..... Well APARENLTLY I left the bow hair tight when I went to bed. I had had a roaring fire going because it was a rainy cool day and between the temp drop and the humidity change I came out to find my poor bow broken. (I'm sure all the times I've dropped it or hit it on things didn't help)  ....

Frankly, I'm surprised - but - perhaps it had already been weakened by a ding/drop/bang-against-something in the past - and I suppose - it looks like it broke at what may be its weakest point....

..... Thankfully  my father has been begging me to practice and record him some songs (he somehow things i sound good...I think he's going deaf with age but hey the encouragement is nice) ....

ROFL !    And WELCOME BACK !   Post away ! thumbs-upthumbs-upthumbs-up

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I was surprised myself but considering I've hauled it all over the place and i've dropped it more times then i can count on pretty much every surface you can think of....(thankfully i'm not that clumsy with my violin)  I'm not actually that surprised, just bummed that now I have to await my new bow before i can play again 😀  now hopefully the post man will hurry himself up and deliver my new beauty for me!

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June 20, 2017 - 3:10 pm
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What exactly what that bow?

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Oh no, death by shrinking hair! I love fires, but they do dry out the house quicker than you can imagine, I don't have a fireplace but the apartment I would dog sit at that was the main source of heat (there's a furnace, but the fireplace did the best job) and basically the only way to loosen my bow there would be to take it apart at the frog, it's amazing how quick that would happen.

Sorry about your bow 🙁 

And Welcome back 🙂 

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@Fiddlerman  It's the FM carbon fiber bow...but considering I bought it about 5 or so years ago AND i've beaten it up pretty roughly and dropped it I don't even know how many times on all sorts of surfaces I probably put some hairline cracks in it and when I left the bow hair tight and the temp/humidity changed so quickly It finally did it in. It did get somehow left pretty close to the fire so ah well. Now i just can't wait for the new bow 😀 

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@damfino  I know right! I absolutely love my fire place but it can be so surprising how the humidity and temp can change stuff so quickly. I'm glad my violin hasn't had any damage. but i do try to keep it at least on the other side of the room so the temp and humidty changes won't be quite so drastic to it and my living room is pretty large so that really helps. I'll remember so i don't break my new bow! 😀 

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June 22, 2017 - 8:29 am
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Well considering all that happened to the bow, and that it was about 5 years old, probably just as well you get a new bow with fresh hair. 🙂
I used to pay $75 every 6 weeks or so to re-hair my nice expensive Pernambuco bows back in the day......

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That's why I was buying another bow from your store. I figured it probably needed a rehair and I wanted to see about upgrading bows so timing wise it could have been ALOT worse. I can't imagine paying $75 every few weeks for a new rehair! I was amazed at how expensive rehairing was when I looked around where I live. So it's really no skin off my back. I was gonna have to spend $70 for a good rehair here, so might as well spend a little more on a new bow. Can't wait to try out your ipe wood bow. I've heard some really good things about the newer ipe wood and it didn't completely break the bank so in either case i'm happy 😀 

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Truth is that I didn't have to pay for it out of my own pocket. My work paid for it.

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🙂  nice !

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Oddly, my backup CF bow just did the same thing yesterday 🙁 Its spent most of its time in my fiddle case since I got it. Went to tighten it last night to use it, and when it wouldn't tighten, found it was because of this 🙁 More shocked that it broke than sad, lol. 

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 There must have been something wrong with that bow damfino. I use them like mad and they tolerate so much. New bow is on it's way!!!

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Thank you so much, @Fiddlerman  🙂 

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ahh sad face. I'm sorry to hear about that damfino. Mine took considerate abuse before it finally died. I'm amazed it lasted as long as it did with how many times I dropped it or wacked it on something...And I may or may not have killed a spider or two with it. lol. Glad to hear your new one is on the way.

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rockinglr33 said
.............I dropped it or wacked it on something...And I may or may not have killed a spider or two with it. lol. Glad to hear your new one is on the way.  

ROFLMAO, that is hilarious.......

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@Fiddlerman The new bow arrived yesterday, thank you so much 🙂 thanks_much_smiley_gif

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You are very welcome. It shouldn't have broken by itself, and so quickly.
Must have been something wrong with it. They are hand-made.

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I never look at them very closely, so I wouldn't have noticed if it had a weak spot getting worse over time. When it wouldn't tighten I just thought the frog somehow got stripped, lol. I used it the day before, and it seemed to take a little longer to get the tension I needed to play, but just figured the weather was doing that, and didn't examine it. I know they are tough little bows, I love them, I still use the one that came with my Concert fiddle all the time.

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You can use the broken one for fishing or to hold up tomato plants. 😉

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