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The Bow
In particular, keeping the bow clean
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JimandThomas
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November 25, 2022 - 4:47 pm
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When I brought my sons bow to be rehaired and the white tip replaced(I even think he called it ivory but I thought that was illegal) I noticed that the bow hair was filthy down by the frog and tip. I also noticed it on my bow as well. Is there a way to keep it clean? I am sure it is the rosin build up but it is almost black. Any ideas. 

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@JimandThomas 

I can't help with the build up, but I believe ivory had an almost total ban around 2016 or so. There was also some things done a little earlier than that. So, it depends on how old the bow is. You wouldn't be able to sell it, from what I understand. There are many complications, etc. Is it an old bow that was handed down through the family? You can keep some of those, but you cannot sell. You need proof of the age of the ivory, etc.  Estate actions request not to include ivory items. But, do some googling. I don't want to change your topic, so I am not going to go into specifics. There have been rewrites of the ban over the decades.

Back to your buildup, Not sure what you can do about that, maybe someone else will know. 

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November 25, 2022 - 5:21 pm
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Yes it is a bow that belonged to my grandfather when he attended the NECOM in 1926. I dont want to sell my bow, just wondering if my luthier actually used ivory in the tip. But then again, you have me thinking. He may have said it was bone but I honestly think he said ivory. It is the very small, triangular plate that surrounds the bow hair at the tip.

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It is a treasure, Thomas B. I hope you get a response to your issue.

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@JimandThomas -

I can be wrong, but I'm pretty sure where the hair is dark is from being touched - just the natural oil/skin bacteria on fingers is bad for bow hair over time.

 

There's several videos for cleaning - be careful, don't get alcohol on the bow.

 

Cleaning with dish soap & water seems much more work, but another option. 

 

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I agree with ELCB, that’s what I always understood, that if the bow hair is dark in spots it’s from touching it without realizing it. 

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