MH Mimi Hamood Aug 28, Slightly different bows, varying in weight and length, are used for the violin, viola, cello, and double bass. Occasionally, composers ask the player to use the bow by touching the strings with the wood rather than the hair; this is known by the Italian phrase col legno "with the wood". I put too much on the new hair, more than it can handle. It was made around , and is attributed to Stradivari.
Of all the hair in a horse's tail, only a small fraction is good enough for use in bows. Even though there are millions of string instrument bows in the U. The choice a string player makes of who rehairs their bow is extremely personal. It is a matter of trust: Then there are a host of details in rehairing a bow, from the thickness of the ribbon which some players prefer thicker on one side of the bow, to the kind of hair used, to the quality of workmanship in cutting new wedges that hold the hair in place.
Once a string player finds a person who rehairs a bow just the way they like it, they may never have their bow rehaired by anyone else. Each luthier has his or her own way of tying knots to hold the ends together or cutting the wedges to secure the hair.
Each step and detail is a matter of pride. This is to say nothing about the art of working with finicky string players who will then spend to 1, hours playing with that hair. The temperature and humidity changes drastically from summer to winter. Hot, muggy weather causes the hair to stretch, which may make it impossible to tighten enough on the bow. In the winter, the hair dries and contracts, sometimes making it impossible to loosen the hair of the bow enough to relax the tension on the stick.
There are synthetic substitutes for horse hair. Even beginners can tell the difference. David Rutherford hosts Sacred Classics from 6 to 10 a. He was an 'expat' like me and took mercy on my predicament. An hour later, downstairs my buzzer rang and it was a special delivery man on a motorcycle with a plastic container of Anyhow, you can buy Naptha just about anywhere these days.
Look in the paint section of any home improvement store. If you are in some far off place, find a can of lighter fluid for cigarette lighters. Somehow, someway, I got a hold of bad rosin and I put way too much of it on my bow. I am only human and was 25 at the time! I got this terrible waxy, glossy slick coating on the hair that would not grab the string. Just wiping the hair with a towel or rag soaked with Naptha wouldn't work because that wax was well into the whole hank of hair.
First, I took this all out doors. I took an old bowl which was about inches high and about 4" in diameter and I filled it with the Naptha. Only do this out doors with some air current to take away the fumes. I wrapped my new bow the stick part in plastic wrap so that if I accidentally splashed any chemical on it, would not effect or get on the finish.
This preparation, I was very careful with: I first unscrewed the frog, then carefully wrapped the stick in plastic wrap and then even used some aluminum foil around that. I carefully immersed the bow hair into that bowl and with my fingers I had rubber gloves on I worked and rubbed that hair in the Naptha. It probably only took a minute. Then, I took a clean towel to pat dry the hair. When I got most of the moisture out of the hair, I took a an old toothbrush and brushed through the hair which nicely untangled it and helped get any deposits still in the hair out.
It probably took 3 minutes in all. I carefully took off the wrapping, put the frog back on it and let it dry for a couple of hours it was really humid there. It was really as good as new. I got that 'crap' out of my hair and because the hair was still new, it worked fine the rest of the season. For Email Newsletters you can trust. Cleaning Bass Bow Hair In most cases, if you somehow ruin your bow hair or you have too much built up rosin on it, it's best to just go and get the bow re-haired by a qualified professional.
My first professional job out of college was with the Hong Kong Philharmonic this was ! At the time, nowhere in HK was there a bow expert or even a qualified violin shop of which to take my bass or bow into if I ever had an issue. Still, it was my first job and I had only one decent bow to use. What was I to do now???
Originally from the Chicago area, I called my very reliable friend and luthier, Scott Henrie Scott still does good bass repairs and rehairs in Chicago. How I cleaned the bow hair Somehow, someway, I got a hold of bad rosin and I put way too much of it on my bow. I learned the importance of using good, fresh rosin. In hindsight, I think the rosin somehow broke down or there was too much waxy stuff on the surface of the rosin.
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