Bow rehair - what should I watch out for
I located my good wooden bow, but it's had a lot of the hair eaten off.
It's tone is much better than my other bows I've haphazardly collected.
I can hear my intonation much better with it, but I'm hoping that's not because it has less hair.
Never having had a bow rehaired, what should I look out for? My immediate options are Jeff Sahs in Sacramento (whom I got a good feeling from the other day when I was there) or Ifshin Violins, who are closer to where I live, though I've had problems in the past with them not taking seriously a less expensive instrument when brought in for repairs. This is a $300-400 bow I think.
Your $400 bow is not a Peccatte. Take it to a reputable luthier for a rehair and you'll be fine.
What are the possibilities that a rehair will change the sound? Even if well done.
My experience with the bows I have owned longest, about 65 years, is that they have retained the sound the make on respective violins through all the rehairs - in Maryland, in DC, in Oklahoma, in LA and in Berkeley (and environs).
Right now it's sounding pretty good (compared to my Coda) with between half and a third its original hair. It rings much more. Surprised me. I just couldn't remember which of my bows were good for what, after a break of a couple of years. I bought the Coda because it sounded better with my electric.
With bow rehairs costing over $100 where I live, I would just save up for a new bow.
Ifshin quoted me $60. I'll get another quote today.
A rehair won’t change its sound. But it will keep it from warping. You’re missing a lot of horse hair.
A good rehair can range from $55 to $100 depending where in the country you live. There are a lot of things to check for in a rehair. My blog covers a lot of that information, this post in particular: https://adbowsllc.com/2018/07/23/rehair-checklist-for-parents/
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