Screw on bow STUCK! HELP!

September 18, 2005 at 06:48 AM · Hi everyone, I live in NJ and we've been having some crazy humidity recently and my screw on my bow will not tighten after a certain point (even though there is hardly any tension in the hair at all). I was wondering what I can do about this, I HAVE AN AUDITION TOMORROW and I REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY NEED THAT BOW FIXED!

Thank you SOOOO much!

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September 18, 2005 at 07:35 AM · Tomorrow, eh? Probably the humidity has caused the hair to lengthen (if you're lucky). First remove the screw all the way, take the frog out of the slot, and make sure the screw runs up into it right. Then put the frog back in the slot and pull back and see if the screw boss (the brass thing) hits the wood before the hair is tight. If it doesn't, try backing the boss out a half turn. If it does, try a hair dryer on the hair to remove the moisture. Keep the warm air away from the ends, where the wooden wedges are. That's my best shot.

September 18, 2005 at 07:36 AM · yep, I'd agree that it's probably the humidity ^_^U it does nasty things to bow hair. I really can't think of what you can do, though I suppose that you can try the above suggestion. Do you have a second bow you can use? (borrow a friend's etc. etc.) I know it stinks right before an audition, but stuff happens, it's part of playing the violin ^_^

September 19, 2005 at 04:01 AM · Put a nut between screw and stick and try to tight your bow.

Also try to clean bow's hair with alcahol (unscrew it completely before and avoid wooden parts contacting with alcahol). The hair will dry very fast. After that tie it and rosin for 10 minutes,or even more. What is bad, there will be too much rosin during 1-2 days. So try first the idea about placing nut.

September 19, 2005 at 04:48 AM · The nut would help if she's running out of threads, but I bet she's running out of travel.

September 19, 2005 at 10:02 AM · I've heard you can place a piece of a toothpick between the hair and the tip to tighten the tension on the hair. I've never tried it, but it seems like it might help for a quick fix.

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