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Bow hair getting snagged in violin case
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gwalmer
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September 24, 2018 - 12:14 am
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Hmm... storing my violin bow in my case is not easy or simple.

My case has two bow holders. I can’t use the bottom holder because then my bow would hit against the chinrest and I could not close and zipper the case.

I can use the top bow holder okay, but I have to remember to put the bow in upside down because otherwise it would not fit.

And most troublesome of all is that when removing my bow, after undoing the swivel, is that a bow hair or two might get stuck, and I worry about the snag resulting in a broken bow hair.

I suppose a potential solution is just to leave the bow outside of the case, but surely some people must always put their bow back in their violin case without troubles (and perhaps they have a better designed case).

Anyone else snagging or tearing bow hairs when removing the bow from the case, and any fixes?  Thanks.

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Hi gwalmer and others.  Yep, I have the same problem.  The best solution that I have come up with is called the Fiedler magnetic bow latch.  I would love to get a couple, but shipping from Germany is very expensive.36A1A068-D9B0-452F-B127-F21BD0B3EA95.jpegImage Enlarger

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September 24, 2018 - 2:46 pm
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Thanks Irv — I just found your old post on this: 

https://fiddlerman.com/forum/the-violin/magnetically-latched-bow-case-clamp/

I think there’s a business opportunity here for someone with entrepreneurial spirit (even as a small-time Etsy seller).

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September 24, 2018 - 3:06 pm
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Try turning the bow so that the frog faces the other way to see if there is a difference.
When you say that the bow hits the chinrest, does that mean that it becomes too thick to close?

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Hi gwalmer and others.  Every store, restaurant and most products I really like fail.  I have 6 Etsy shoulder rests (or base units that I get from the generosity of Wittner), and I may still be the only person on the forum to use one.  I have given several forum members some roasted violin bridges, and the only person to express an interest in making some on his own is steveduf.  I don’t think that I generate influence, but I have a lot of fun.

I am currently getting several books shipped in from inter-library loan on the making of split bamboo fly rods, and plan to adapt the technique to make split bamboo violin bows using roasted bamboo flooring.  That should be interesting.

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Hmm, I simply don't have this problem. I don't think I'm especially careful about the frog end of my bow when putting it in the case, yet I snag a bow hair about once every 2-3 years. (I practice almost daily and sometimes take my viola and bow out of the case more than once in a day, so I'm estimating this is one out of every 1,000 times I return the bow to the case, give or take one or two hundred.)

Two thoughts: First, if you put the bow in hair-down, gravity keeps the hair away from the bow holder. Second, just like you shouldn't over-tighten a bow, it's also best not to over-loosen it. When my bow hair is loosened, the hair still has just enough tension to stay in a neat bundle while letting the stick keep its natural curvature.

Perhaps a better rehairing job could help too? At least I wonder if a poor rehair can make a bow more susceptible to snagging.

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