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Feb 27, 2024 - 5:55:25 AM
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878 posts since 9/3/2022

So, I've been wanting/needing a 2nd bow for my other fiddle and case. I've seen the bows with black hair and the description sounds like it's a little more "grabby....noisy" Anyone have one that they can share thoughts on. The hair on this one in particular is Siberian Horse hair that is NOT dyed. I'm not quite sold on it but I think it be cool to try.

Feb 27, 2024 - 2:49:54 PM
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1403 posts since 3/1/2020

Black hair is the coarsest hair. Bass players sometimes use it for extra grittiness and some fiddlers like it. The quality of most black hair is not great, which is why a bundle of it costs about 1/10 of the price of a good Mongolian stallion bundle.

It doesn’t do any harm to try it if you want something different, but I wouldn’t use it for tonal reasons.

Feb 27, 2024 - 4:14:37 PM
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872 posts since 6/11/2019

...was waiting for Rich's knowledgeable response so I could thereafter make my wiseacre one.

I'm still looking for "Dun" or "Paint" hair for my bow. I suppose I'll need to get them in the cattle chute to collect some. Do you think my luthier will make a call to the farm?

Saw on, Eric--cheers

Feb 28, 2024 - 5:57:28 AM



878 posts since 9/3/2022

Thanks for the replies, guys. Anything violin excites me and I don't see too many people using these but the product test videos that Fiddlers Shop puts out there sucks me

My goal one day is to upgrade one day and black is probably not the one.

Feb 28, 2024 - 7:12:14 AM
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A supplier I used to use offers several varieties of hair from premium Siberian to chestnut to black. When I started buying from them they sent me a set of samples to try. I’ve since used the black hair but still have some of the other samples sitting in a pouch next to my bundle. I haven’t had much reason to try them although I did play on a bow for a few minutes after a colleague rehaired it with one of them years ago. If anyone wanted to try one I’d be glad for the opportunity to use it up and clear the space in the workshop, but no one has asked.

Edited by - The Violin Beautiful on 02/28/2024 07:18:59

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