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I am very new to playing the violin and I have questions on bow quality. Recently I picked up a Cecillio CEVN-1NA Yep, a very solid violin,but to keep prices down they ship with cheap bow. So, needless to say, after some research I bought a better bow for $70 What I got looked worst than the bow that came with the violin. I have yet to open the sealed plastic sleeve in case I need to return it. I need your opinion on this bow as I took some pics. Is my bow just having a bad hair day or is this a crap bow? Its been rather cool and dry here in Vermont,but had recently rained. Not sure if its humidity doing this.
I wish to share the hair on my new bow, so whats the best way to share the imaged? I have the image posted on my blog,but I don't wish to spam the forums.
Hey Outof ...
Name and model of yer new bow please ...read reviews of same ....look at videos of bow hair care ....and no , you can't tell much without tightening the bow hair to playing configuration ....may just need a wet or dry combing and some rosin ....i recomend powder rosin on a new bow ....but really , check some videos ...there's more than one school of thought on most every violin issue ...
Welcome, @outoftune !!!
Out of habit, I always relax the tension on my bow when I've finished playing (probably not so essential on the Carbon Fiber bow, but still advisable) - and my bow-hair when relaxed looks much like your images.
Although, if you have doubts, do as Tucs suggested - name the make and model - there's a fair chance someone on the forum uses the same bow, or has tried it at some time.
I seriously recommend not copying my mistakes.
Please make your own, different mistakes, and help us all learn :-)
Thank you for all the great replies. I am a bit more confidant now and will be unwrapping and reviewing this bow on my Youtube channel. The bow in question is the Fiddlermans Carbon Fiber bow and I'm sure that the quality is awesome, I just don't know yet what to look at on a new bow. Unfortunately there is not a music store or violin shop within driving distance of where I live. (not even sure if there is a violin teacher in the area).
lol, I've already produce some 'chuckles' lol Took me two days of rosining my bow to realize I had to score the top of the rosin before any could get on to the bow. lol There will be lots of great chuckles on my youtube show. I've been using the rosin,bow and strings that came with my Cecilio electric violin.
Just a quick question all looking for some opinions/past experience - I have an Pernambuco bow that I re-haired 30 years ago, while the hair appears fine, It seems I have to rosin it quite frequently, every day or every other day to keep a good tone. Would it be money well spent to re-hair it now or wait till the current hairs are worn ready for replacement? Any thoughts
Hairs appear to be in good shape I have another bow that is 5 to 7 years old that I have to rosin frequently not a frequent as the original bow I got with the violin the hairs look good on it also. They just sat in the case all these years till i started playing again 4 months ago or so. Normally I practice 45 to 90 mins a day my other bow is 5 years old.
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