Welcome to our forum. A Message To Our New and Prospective Members . Check out our Forum Rules. Lets keep this forum an enjoyable place to visit.
Please join our 2021 Fiddlerman “White Christmas” Group Project!

A A A
Avatar
Please consider registering
guest
sp_LogInOut Log In sp_Registration Register
Register | Lost password?
Advanced Search
Forum Scope




Match



Forum Options



Minimum search word length is 3 characters - maximum search word length is 84 characters
sp_Feed Topic RSS sp_TopicIcon
Bow rehair?
Topic Rating: 0 Topic Rating: 0 Topic Rating: 0 Topic Rating: 0 Topic Rating: 0 Topic Rating: 0 (0 votes) 
Avatar
RDP
Member
Members
November 13, 2021 - 11:35 am
Member Since: October 11, 2021
Forum Posts: 39
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

I borrowed a bow from a friend who had it sitting around for half of forever to practice with.  I like the action from it more than the carbon bow that came with my violin but it needs serviced, it only has half of the hair left on it (if that).

Everyone around here looks at me like I'm an idiot for asking because "bows are cheap."  I'm also getting the feeling that violinists are the red-headed step child of the music world.  No one carries stuff for us in brick and mortar music stores.  Guitars, Oh Heck Yes!!!  Percussion, absolutely!  Winds, to a point.  Violins?  Why do you want to learn to play one of those?

Avatar
SharonC
Members

Regulars
November 13, 2021 - 2:30 pm
Member Since: June 24, 2020
Forum Posts: 370
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

@RDP I understand.   I think violin (& viola, cello, bass) are harder to learn, and more expensive to maintain when compared to other instruments.  I also think it's hard for luthiers to make a decent living unless they are in a larger population area that has a certain level of interest.     

My bows are not cheap.  The closest luthier to me is about 2 hours away.  I ship my bows to a luthier to have them rehaired.  If you google "bow rehair online", you'll find folks you can ship a bow to safely to get rehairs. 

It will cost a little more than if you take it to a luthier directly (shipping cost), but if you're like me and don't have someone close, the shipping cost is worth saving the hours of driving (for me, it would be at least 8 hours--2 hrs there, 2 hrs back to drop off; 2 hrs there, 2 hrs back to pick up).

Characterize people by their actions and you will never be fooled by their words.

Avatar
AndrewH
Sacramento, California
Members

Regulars
November 13, 2021 - 6:53 pm
Member Since: November 5, 2017
Forum Posts: 1299
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

General music stores have never been good places for violin maintenance. It's not just the present day, it's because bowed string instruments have always been handled by specialized shops. You have to look for a violin shop, not a music store.

I see from your intro post that you're in California. If you're within a reasonable driving distance of either Los Angeles or Sacramento, I can recommend shops in both places. (I currently live in Sacramento and lived in the Los Angeles area for ten years.)

Avatar
RDP
Member
Members
November 14, 2021 - 3:37 pm
Member Since: October 11, 2021
Forum Posts: 39
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

AndrewH said
General music stores have never been good places for violin maintenance. It's not just the present day, it's because bowed string instruments have always been handled by specialized shops. You have to look for a violin shop, not a music store.

I see from your intro post that you're in California. If you're within a reasonable driving distance of either Los Angeles or Sacramento, I can recommend shops in both places. (I currently live in Sacramento and lived in the Los Angeles area for ten years.)

  

I'm about an hour north of LA.  I also REFUSE to go there.

 

I watched a bunch of YouTube vids on DIY bow rehairing and I'm pretty handy so I'll try to do it myself.  The bow was free and if I screw it up the worst thing that can happen (besides breakage) is that I have to send it off someplace.

 

Interesting fact:  I tensioned the heck out of my carbon fiber bow as an "experiment" and it's less bounce sensitive than with it tensioned so that the hair is about a pencil width from the bow.  It still sounds like vibrato on open strings but it stays down on the strings now.  Probably because I have to use more pressure than I was using.

Squeaks and squawks are still all too common, darn it.

Forum Timezone: America/New_York
Most Users Ever Online: 696
Currently Online: wtw, Mouse, stringy, katie m
Guest(s) 33
Currently Browsing this Page:
1 Guest(s)
Members Birthdays
sp_BirthdayIcon
Today None
Upcoming HeadCheese, Mad_Wed, Andrew, Prudence, lakelivr, ButteryStuffs, harvestman, fiddlinmama, kit, makinnoise, wisco kid, Nathalie, marta, Raef, AmandaKulp, vocaliw95, nancyjoshua
Top Posters:
ELCBK: 3113
Mad_Wed: 2849
Barry: 2680
Fiddlestix: 2647
Oliver: 2439
DanielB: 2379
damfino: 1992
Kevin M.: 1972
ABitRusty: 1902
cdennyb: 1815
Member Stats:
Guest Posters: 3
Members: 28269
Moderators: 0
Admins: 7
Forum Stats:
Groups: 16
Forums: 77
Topics: 9326
Posts: 116659
Newest Members:
Delete 4
Administrators: Fiddlerman: 15722, KindaScratchy: 1757, coolpinkone: 4180, BillyG: 3674, MrsFiddlerman: 2, Jimmie Bjorling: 0, Mouse: 3457