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Lately I've been having trouble with my bow suddenly losing grip in the middle and sometimes sliding (You can see happen it in this video: ) I looked at my bow and there's a spot in the very middle, roughly four inches long on the right half of the hair where rosin is not sticking at all. I tried rosining it up extra in that spot and it didn't really help. Any ideas of what I should do?
I took a picture but I don't have time to import it from my phone right now. I'll post it after work.
You haven't by any chance accidentally got grease, or oil, ( or sweat from fingers etc ) on it ? You could try cleaning the hair in alcohol ( never done that myself yet, but there others on the forum who can advise ) .... Just a thought....
I seriously recommend not copying my mistakes. D'oh -
Please make your own, different mistakes, and help us all learn :-)
Read the last post here: Cleaning Bow Hair
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Violinist start date - May 2013
Fiddler start date - May 2014
FIDDLE- Gift from a dear friend. A 1930-40 german copy, of a french copy of a Stradivarius. BOW - $50 carbon fiber. Strings - Dominants with E Pirastro Gold string.
I looked at it closer and it seems the hair in that area is just looser than anywhere else . I think what happened was it got caught on the bow hook thing in my case and got stretched out. If im very careful with my bowing, i have absolutely no trouble with it! Ill have it looked at, but it might be worth keeping this way to force myself to get better bowing control.
or... It could be bow bugs... I just found out my apartment is infested with them. I havent seen any in my case, yet, but im gonna put a cottonball soaked in cedar oil inside just in case (cedar is toxic to most bugs, as is citrus oil).
You can tighten those loose hairs by using an alcohol lamp. Being very careful not to hold the hairs over the flame too long. Hobby shops should have alcohol lamps.
BTW. Leave your bow in the light or your violin case open, bow bugs hate the light.
I've lost the hairs from three bows by leaving them in the closed case.
I took it to the shop today and they said I probably got something on it, but they couldn't tell what. They also said that its about time for a re-hairing anyway. They charge $50 and just getting a new bow same as I have now is $49. So I think I'll deal with it until payday next week and get a new one.
Try this method.
Scroll down to my post with description and photos.
@Fiddlestix I had never heard of that. Very cool. I have never heard of ground powdered Rosin.
Then I looked it up.
Cool.... who knew?
And another cool article. http://www.rosinwarehouse.com/.....Rosin.html
Vibrato Desperato.... Desperately seeking vibrato
@Jim Dunleavy Thats it! I just hadn't rosined it enough after cleaning. After roughly 3 minutes I could visually tell a difference, then after 5, it sounded fine.
Thanks everyone for your help! Y'all saved me $49!
Though, I might get a backup bow anyway... maybe a different kind? Suggestions? Mine's a carbon fiber bow and I can't remember the brand...