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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.
Thanks Irv — I just found your old post on this:
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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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