How long does a violin bow technique last?



Asked by: Tim Peterson

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How often does a violin bow need to be Rehaired?

every six months to

In general, we recommend a bow rehair every six months to a year, ideally at the beginning of the winter and summer. Rehairing maintains the physical condition of the bow and enhances playability. Bowhair is extremely responsive to humidity conditions.

Do violin bows wear out?

Even so, bow hairs break, wear out, and become sticky and dirty over time – all of which compromise bowing technique, as well as the quality of your sound. When it’s time to rehair your bow, we recommend having it done by a professional, although some proficient and handy musicians master the art form on their own.

Do violin bows get better with age?





They will still cost a mint, often regardless of playability or sound. It doesn’t really address the issue of whether or not the wood itself changes over time. August 31, 2017, 12:20 PM · Yes they do age, not necessarily to the better, but there is no such thing as playing in for bows.

How often do I need to rosin my violin bow?

once every 4-6 hours

Generally, we find that players are reapplying rosin once every 4-6 hours or solid playing. For professionals, this is usually once a day, but for beginners playing 15-30 minutes a day, we find that once a week is plenty.

How much does a bow Rehair cost?

Bow Repairs

Bow Repairs Violin/Viola Bows Bass Bows
Rehair Bow–Fiberglass Stick (Glasser) $42.00 $51.00
Rehair Bow–Wood or Composite Stick $58.00 $69.50
Rehair Bow–Colorful Hair $70.00 $80.50
Install Brass Eyelet (Parts Included) $30.00-$50.00 $40.00-$60.00

How do you know when you need a new violin bow?

So probably the most common sign that's time to have your bow reared is that the hair have stretched to the past the point of any kind of comfortable playing tension.



Should I replace my violin bow?

“For most people, every 6 months to once a year is enough if all or most of the hairs are still intact.” Laurie Niles of the Violinist.com adds that “luthiers tend to recommend getting a bow rehair about every six months.”

How often should I restring my bow?

every two years

Like most bow companies, we recommend changing bow string and cables once a year on target bows and every two years on hunting bows. Target bows require more frequent restring since they see more shooting than a comparable hunting bow.



How do I know if my bow needs a Rehair?

If the skin is dry on the back of your hands, check your bow. If you can’t loosen it enough to take the tension off the stick, get a rehair. (If the dry spell is temporary or help is not readily available, refer to the accompanying sidebar.)

What happens if you don’t rosin your bow?

A bow without rosin will not produce a sound and the bow will aimlessly glide around on the strings while you attempt to play. It’s generally considered a laborious to apply rosin to a brand new bow and it’s even worse if you’re trying to apply new rosin to a new bow.

Should I scratch my rosin?

Gently scratch the surface (“gently” is the key word here – you don’t need to press hard at all), working back and forth until the surface is dulled or scored. You shouldn’t gouge or poke the rosin. Once the glossy surface is dulled, the rosin is ready to adhere to your bow.

Can you put too much rosin on your bow?

Too much rosin will make the bow feel stickier as it moves across the strings. Excess rosin can generate a cloud of rosin dust as you play, and the sound will be harsh and scratchy. Rosin debris will fall onto the surface of the instrument and, over time, can damage the varnish and the wood.



How much does a professional violin bow cost?

A beginner’s bow can cost between $50 – $200, while professional bows will cost thousands of dollars and antique bows even tens of thousands. If you’re an advanced student studying violin as a potential profession, don’t balk at paying anywhere from $500-$1200 for the right bow.

Can you Rehair a violin bow yourself?

For that reason, many violinists opt to pay someone to rehair their bow. It’s easier and safer. If you can afford it, I highly recommend you hire a professional. But doing it yourself is possible.

Why is my violin bow hair breaking?

Hairs might break more often if there is too much rosin on the bow. The quality of the hair plays a big part as well; cheap hair is bleached to make it look whiter. Bleach desiccates the hair and makes it brittle.

Can a violin bow be cleaned?

First, tighten the hair to a bit under regular playing tension – just tight enough to keep the hair off the shaft of the bow. Next, apply a generous amount of alcohol to the paper towel – fairly wet, but not dripping. Wrap the paper towel over and under the hair and rub up and down the hair to get it clean.



Why can’t you touch the hair on a violin bow?

Once kids learn that the bow has horse hair in it everyone wants to touch it; don’t allow it. The natural oils in the fingers will make dirt and oil stick and the bow will need a re-hair sooner than otherwise.

Can a warped bow be fixed?

And once a year looks like this but it's the fixing is relatively easy you see the seer points on this direction. What I do is simply hold a ball grab. This year including the string.

Why do violin bows warp?

Be careful not to let too many of the bow hairs disappear before you rehair it, though, because an uneven tension on the bow can cause the stick to warp. Another thing to look at is where the hairs are breaking. If they are breaking during use, towards the top or the bottom, fine.

What parts of a bow are most commonly damaged?

Of all the bow’s parts, the bow string requires the most frequent maintenance because it’s the most prone to wear and tear.