My son Michael has had a lot of trouble with violin bows in the past 2 months
leading up to Interlochen. He had to have his $500 Chagas bow rehaired, then
two weeks later he had to have it rehaired and straightened, and then two weeks
later he had to have it rehaired and straightened again. Since he plays at a
fairly high level, and the bow seemed to loose its hairs on the same piece of
music (The Rite of Spring by Stravinsky), we thought that perhaps he was simply
outgrowing his $500 bow and needed a better bow. So we spent 2-3 weeks going
to violin shops all over the Chicago area. We ended up going to 9 different
shops before he bought a $3400 Pfretzchner bow. The next day he went to
Interlochen. That was two weeks ago. Yesterday he called me and said that this
bow is having hair breaking problems. He was pretty upset since his other bow
didn't last even 2 weeks once the hairs started breaking. A fellow student
violinist there asked him is he had a fuzzy lining in his
case, and told him that the same thing had happened to her in the past and they had finally figured out
that mites had infested the violin case, eating the hair and weakening it. She
said that what they did for this was to throughly vacuum the case and that took
care of it. Has anybody else ever had this problem and what took care of it completely for you? Also any ideas on how to prevent it are welcomed.
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