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VIOLIN BOW HAIR
Close up photographs of played bow hair
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cdennyb
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Here's a few close up photos of my bow hair. One is looking like spaghetti with all those smooth strands of unbleached hair.

The others show the locations close to the ends where a broken hair is obvious.

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Outstanding pictures.  Thank you.

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Very very cool pics Den.

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You have a nice macro lens :)

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Is that an old bow? 

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Yes it is Mr. happyjet.

That violin bow is actually the oldest wood bow I have. It has some carving on the wood near the frog and has been determined to be about 100 yrs old. The German violin is a little older and this bow must've been acquired sometime later in the playing life of the instrument.

I have rehaired it once but in the previous 50 years it had not been touched as this was in our garage all my childhood and was never touched. I know the bow and violin were in our family for at least the past 50-60 yrs.

Before that is a subject of question but there's evidence it had been in the family prior to that date.

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Is the bow true and straight? does it have a twist in it or no natural arc?  I would really think about getting that re-haired if its in decent shape. Even if not, the story of it being in your family would still be worth bringing it up to a playable .. displayable ... appearance.

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Hey ,

The ferrel on that bow looks similar to the one on my 1920 Nippon bow ....any stamping on the bow ?violin-1267IMG_2516.JPGImage Enlarger

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Yes, Ty, I re-haired it recently, it's straight as a string and has a great camber in it when under playing tension. (It's my favorite, but don't tell Pierre. Shhhhh) It sounds best when played on the old wood instruments.

If you enlarge the photo from under the frog you can see the carvings that look like roman numerals. On the side you can make or "Vull------me   Paris" stamped in the wood on the left side of the frog.

It's nothing super expensive or valuable but it is a "keeper"!

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Here's the link to the thread showing in detail HOW TO rehair a bow using it as a test subject. Ha.

Turned out great and I'm still playing on that hair.

http://fiddlerman.com/forum/fi.....ject-done/

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