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Newbie Question - loose bow hairs
What to do with dangling, loose bow hairs
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August 25, 2015 - 1:20 pm
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Greetings folks;

I am as brand new out-of-the-box as my fiddle, so please be patient with this dumb question smile

I unpacked my brand new fiddle and found that there are a few dangling bow hairs on the bow.  That is to say, the hairs are attached on the tip end, but not on the frog end.  Is it okay to clip these with some fine scissors and neaten things up on each end?  They are random hairs, not a group together, so I don't see any visible gaps.

I guess that's the next question - if there are tiny gaps in the bow hairs will it affect the sound?

While I'm here - I want to thank Fiddler Man for this awesome site and the many invaluable lessons!  And many thanks for your patience and (constructive) suggestions and answers to my questions!

Michigan, USA

August 25, 2015 - 3:20 pm
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@SteveM: It's perfectly ok to clip the few loose hairs and tidy up the ends. I myself have received three bows from Fiddlershop, all of which had a few hairs that needed clipping.

Welcome to the forum. Hope to hear more of your new endeavor in the near future.



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August 25, 2015 - 3:29 pm
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@SteveM Welcome to the forum. 

Fiddlestix / Ken got you covered on your question!


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August 26, 2015 - 8:19 am
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Every time a bow is rehaired there are loose hairs. Often the maker, seller, removes them but it happens and you have plenty to spare. When I played every day professionally I would break many hairs every single day. I was kind of famous for playing so hard that I had to re-hair my bow every 6-8 weeks. Thankfully, the orchestra paid for all that stuff. :)

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