Posted by manmademusic on Tuesday, May 18, 2010
There I was just sawing away on some tune oblivious to the world and out of know where comes... POP! My poor little beginner bow committed suicide. The plug that holds the hairs in at the tip of the bow had popped out and my horse hairs were drooping all over the place.
Well I immediately leaped into action and began the process of recuscitation. I put down the fiddle and bow and got down on my hands and knees looking for that little itsy bitsy piece of whatever it was that held my bow hairs in place and finally found it. A tiny piece of wood that I could barely pinch between my fingers.
I got straight to putting it back together right then and there but had some bit of difficulty for awhile. Finally, I got that darn thing put back together but alas, as it turns out I didn't know what I was doing. Apparently the little itsy bitsy piece of wood is supposed to go UNDERNEATH the hairs at the tip of the bow. Well, I put it in ON TOP of the hairs at the end of the bow. The poor thing only lasted one more day before it up and committed suicide again and it gave up about 6 or 8 bow hairs in the process.
The second time around I performed the surgery correctly and the patient is doing well at the moment. I am not sure why my bow decided to commit suicide in the first place but.... it may have found out I am a banjo player. :-)
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 @12:19:34 AM
Congrats on fixing your bow. It's alright to be a banjo player ( banjoist?) here. I think you're smart to start learning fiddle, though. Heck, EVERYONE needs a break from banjo once in a while. :-)
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 @2:10:43 AM
I would try and schedule an appointment with a bow therapist. Your bow is going thru a bit of depression.
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 @6:29:34 AM
This is why fiddlers always have two bows and two fiddles. Both things need periodic attention, and you don't wanna go without. If you're looking for a decent cheap spare bow, take a look at the K. Holtz fiberglass bows, which can often be picked up on Ebay for under 40 bucks, and are usually on sale at Prodigy for around that price, with free shipping.
If that tip wedge managed to work its way out, it wasn't fit correctly in the first place. It's just gonna work loose again. You need to get that fixed, if it's worth fixing, which is basically a rehair, which costs approximately the same price as that K. Holtz bow that Prodigy carries.
Thursday, May 20, 2010 @4:51:42 PM
Hey, and everyone needs a break from fiddle for a while, too! But banjo and fiddle go together like ice cream and cake... he he, fiddle will not get mad at banjo!
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