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Bow Hair in Humidity
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Crazymotive
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Wow, the hair on my latest bow really expands now that the hot humid weather is here. When I loosen it up it really loosens in this weather.  Looks like it's still hanging on the horse's tail. laugh

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Yeah.  I have been noticing that as well.  I have also noticed that when it gets up to 85 or so and a relative humidity around 75%, the stick of my bow starts to get a bit of a sideways curve.  It stands to reason, hair and wood being both affected by such things.  All the more reason to play in comfier places when possible.  cool

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May 27, 2012 - 8:52 am
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Tell me about it. I have hundreds of bows that react that way. The real problem for me is when it is dry here. Not 100% sure if the length of the hair on the bows is acceptable.

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DanielB said
Yeah.  I have been noticing that as well.  I have also noticed that when it gets up to 85 or so and a relative humidity around 75%, the stick of my bow starts to get a bit of a sideways curve.  It stands to reason, hair and wood being both affected by such things.  All the more reason to play in comfier places when possible.  cool

The sideways curve can be fixed but I wouldn't bother unless you really like that bow.  This is where a carbon fiber bow comes in.  They aren't affected by heat or humidity.

 

Do you find as the humidity climbs that you need more rosin?

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Considering that I only noticed the sideways bend when it is uncomfortably warm and humid, I think the best fix will be to get the air conditioner in the window a little early this year. LOL It doesn't seem to be enough to make playing harder, so I'm not going to worry about it.  It isn't an expensive bow or anything.  If the hotter months of summer are particularly bad this year, it would be a good excuse to think about a CF bow.

I haven't noticed needing more rosin on humid days, but I use a dark rosin so maybe that is the difference?

"This young wine may have a lot of tannins now, but in 5 or 10 years it is going to be spectacular, despite the fact that right now it tastes like crude oil. You know this is how it is supposed to taste at this stage of development." ~ Itzhak Perlman

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Fiddlerman said
 I have hundreds of bows that react that way. 

And I thought Oliver was a bow addict!

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Yep. I've found this problen while played outside. Especially in places with lots of trees. Couple hours - and the bow went totally unplayable. I thought that i've broke it first =)duncecap

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dionysia said

Fiddlerman said
 I have hundreds of bows that react that way. 

And I thought Oliver was a bow addict!

ROFL rofl

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