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johnnyblaze
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December 1, 2013 - 12:50 pm
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Just wondering what the signs are for needing new strings??

 

Also wondering how do you know when your bow needs to be re-haired?

 

I have not lost any hairs but i suspect it gets worn out...dunno

 

Thanks,

 

John

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Strings that are going bad don't resonate as long and don't sound as good. My first set  I replaced at 8 months, when I replaced them it was wow the old ones were horrible. It is tough to tell without something to compare it with. As for bow hair I think it is when it falls out.

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@ johnnyblaze: If your string's have a dead sound, no resonance, it's time to change them. I myself try to change string's approx. every 4 months's or so, but I play a lot.

Try washing your bow hair's in regular rubbing alcohol, I use 91% which I buy at the local pharmacy. There is a video on YouTube on how to do it.

 

If you have a wood bow, you need to be very careful not to get the alcohol on the wood stick.

Good luck.

 

Ken.

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