Once I had this problem, my violin just sounded so harsh. I tried everything, even changing the string, with not much success. then I tried different bow, and suddenly it sounded good. I bought that bow right away, it's much cheaper than my old bow. Then I rehaired my old bow, and started using it again. and now it's starting to have the same problem, my new cheap bow sounds so much better now and I haven't rehaired it (but maybe I didn't use it as much as the old one this past year).
But I'm just wondering what is it in a bow that makes so much difference in sound quality. Basically what makes the sound good or bad is the bow hair, not the wood right? Does rosin build up make a difference too? Does rehairing makes the sound better? I know some people suggest rehairing at least once a year? Do you clean your bow hair often? just by wiping it?
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