Bow Maintainence Question
What do people use to polish and maintain the silver on their bow? I got a new bow a few months ago and it’s starting to tarnish. Was going to use some household silver cleaner but thought I had better ask around before I destroy my bow!
Handling in the normal course of playing should be enough to keep the tarnish under control. Wiping the bow off carefully after using it will also keep the tarnish away. Polishes are micro abrasives and cause unnecessary wear. For those rare times when I feel that a rehair is needed, I always tell the person doing it that I have no expectation, and they are under no obligation to polish the metal parts. I tell them to use their judgement. Also, are you certain that your bow has solid silver fittings? If not, you might be in for a distressing surprise if/when you polish through the plating. I really think it's best to leave it alone.
When you come to sell a bow, the tarnish may be the strongest evidence that its really silver, polished silver and polished nickel sliver are hard to tell apart, especially from pictures.
He said it's new. I don't think selling and authenticity are what he's asking about.
Try the Connoiseurs Jewelry Wipes, does wonders and really easy to use.
I agree - jewelry wipes are great. Muji sells a pack of very small ones that would tidily store in your case.