Rebend Violin bow?



Asked by: Jamie Davis

Can a violin bow be Rehaired?





While many prolific string musicians learn to rehair their bow independently, most musicians take their bow to a professional. The cost of rehairing a violin bow is typically around $50 or less, a bit more for cello and bass bows.

When should violin bow be Rehaired?

every six months

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.

How do you Recamber a violin bow?


And it won't hold the hair as tightly as it should so you can see it bending around like that and what we really want is when we tighten them tighten the bow up. If it won't keep a bend like this.

What happens if you don’t loosen your bow?





with carbon fiber or fiberglass you are unlikely to damage the bow itself. What leaving it tight will tend to do is stretch out the hair. Loosening consistently will postpone that day, and save you SOME money. Wooden bows are much more of a problem, much more likely to lose their curve and camber.

How much does it cost to Rehair a bow?

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 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.)

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.

How long does it take to Rehair a bow?

April 5, 2020, 9:22 AM · If the bow rehairer has tools at the shop (assuming there’s no one else in line), a bow rehair generally takes between half an hour and an hour, depending on how thorough one is with cleaning the bow and how much work is needed to disassemble.



How much does it cost to Rehair a violin bow UK?

Violin £65, viola £66, ‘cello £70, bass (white, extra thick hair) £80, bass (black, chestnut or mixture hair if available) £75. That is assuming the bow needs no extra work; examples of that are replacement thumb bands (leather) or considerable trouble in taking the bow apart.

How much does it cost to loosen a violin bow?

Loosen the bow to the point where the bow has arched back to its resting position and the hairs are no longer pulling it tightly. A good rule of thumb is 3-4 twists of the screw, but of course this will differ depending on the instrument.

How tight should your violin bow be?

A good rule of thumb that I use is a pencil width. If you tighten your bow a bit and can just fit a pencil in between the bow hair and the stick in the middle of the bow, that is enough tension. You can also use your pinky, but in this case, only the tip of your pinky will fit.



Is a violin bow supposed to be bent?

Violin and viola bows are generally pushed away from the player as and can develop a mild right hand bend, whereas cello bows are pulled towards the player and move to the left. Many rehairers also put more hair and slightly greater hair tension on the playing side of bows for better performance.

Why is horse hair used for bows?

Horsehair absorbs water quickly and this can affect your bow considerably. In different temperature and humidity conditions the hair can react in different ways. At P&H we always use high quality unbleached horsehair to ensure the best sound for our bows.

Why is my violin bow not straight?

Not being so straight. But if you have your arm. The same as your as your back so it's not further back it's not any further forward then you should be able to those bits of paper as guide there.

Can a violin bow be straightened?

You will Bend back again a little bit so I have to take game you have to do a few times some posts just won't come back so you have to do it every time.



Can you fix a warped bow?

Yes, a bow can be re-cambered, but it requires some skill and I wouldn’t recommend trying it yourself (edit: unless it is a cheap bow you want to experiment on and don’t care if you wreck it). When the bow is made, the wood of the bow is bent into shape using heat, often by a careful application of flame.

How often do violin bows break?

It can depend on how much you play, the quality of the hair and also your environment’s humidity. In general, luthiers tend to recommend getting a bow rehair about every six months. But what people do in practice can be quite different. Those who play a lot might get it re-haired every three months.