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Nov 17, 2022 - 6:15:29 PM

Creole

USA

61 posts since 4/19/2022

So I am needing to rehair an old CF Bow I have. Looking about I am seeing different color hair. Being told the Black Mongolian Horse Hair is the most course and a mix with a lighter color is best? Then I see "hanks" of replacement hair on Amazon for around 6 bucks. They are usually Tan in color. Wow way more to this than I thought. Any suggestions are helpful. The bow was only 30 bucks originally so wondering is there a good quality bow for under $100 anyone can suggest? Or is it worth fixing this CF Bow??

Edited by - Creole on 11/17/2022 21:04:57

Nov 18, 2022 - 12:17:19 AM
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971 posts since 3/1/2020

Good hair makes all the difference in the playability of a bow. The hair you’ll find on Amazon is not good hair. If by different colors you mean the dyed hair, be careful what you buy, as most of it is either bad hair that’s colored to make imperfections less obvious or it’s mediocre hair that becomes bad when the wrong chemicals are used to dye it, making it brittle. If you want good hair that’s dyed, I would go to Triangle Strings for it—they use good hair and know how to dye it safely.

Natural black hair is indeed coarser. Some fiddlers ask for black hair or salt and pepper (a mix of black and white), and there are even some more brown options. I would recommend focusing more on the quality of the hair than on the color.

There are all kinds of cheap CF bows available for well under $100 these days, and some play rather well for the money. This morning a very good player and teacher came in and tried all the bows we’d gotten in a box from GEWA yesterday. They were CF with a wood veneer and they were a little nicer than the regular CF bows we’d gotten in the past. The teacher was quite impressed and bought one on the spot.

Nov 18, 2022 - 3:24:44 AM
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RichJ

USA

800 posts since 8/6/2013

I bought an inexpensive Baroque style Chinese bow a few months ago and was surprised to see it arrive with black hair. I have been playing with it quite a bit and surprisingly really grown to like it. One thing for sure, that black hair really shows how much rosin your putting on. Other than that I don't think I can tell any difference in sound quality. Baroque bows are a couple of inches shorter and I guess a bit lighter as well so that's something else that takes getting used to.

Nov 18, 2022 - 7:25:15 AM

Creole

USA

61 posts since 4/19/2022

quote:
Originally posted by The Violin Beautiful

Good hair makes all the difference in the playability of a bow. The hair you’ll find on Amazon is not good hair. If by different colors you mean the dyed hair, be careful what you buy, as most of it is either bad hair that’s colored to make imperfections less obvious or it’s mediocre hair that becomes bad when the wrong chemicals are used to dye it, making it brittle. If you want good hair that’s dyed, I would go to Triangle Strings for it—they use good hair and know how to dye it safely.

Natural black hair is indeed coarser. Some fiddlers ask for black hair or salt and pepper (a mix of black and white), and there are even some more brown options. I would recommend focusing more on the quality of the hair than on the color.

There are all kinds of cheap CF bows available for well under $100 these days, and some play rather well for the money. This morning a very good player and teacher came in and tried all the bows we’d gotten in a box from GEWA yesterday. They were CF with a wood veneer and they were a little nicer than the regular CF bows we’d gotten in the past. The teacher was quite impressed and bought one on the spot.


Different colors meaning Salt and Pepper...You got it!!!  :)  Thanks for the info

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