Bow Question

Edited: March 18, 2019, 12:32 AM · Hello All,

upon wiping my bow with a soft cloth, some lint lodged itself in a seemingly minute crack, at the tip. Should this be repaired? Please advise me the best thing to do.


Thank you,

Replies (8)

March 18, 2019, 5:42 AM · Yes, it appears to be a split. Take it to a bow specialist and see what they advise.
March 18, 2019, 8:48 AM · Agree with David. I would avoid tightening and/or using the bow.
Edited: March 18, 2019, 9:19 AM · Your bow's wood has a nice looking grain so if it has some value you definitely want it checked out.

Were it one of my bows, I'd probably just keep playing with it. I would assume the little split was already there when it caught a thread from the cloth and I would just keep using it - unless it was worth at least a couple of thousand. But still, it would accompany me on my next luthier visit.

March 18, 2019, 12:21 PM · Thank goodness it looks to be superficial so danger of breaking might be small, but for sure it will increase over time if tightened. So, if you don't own a backup bow, now would eventually be a good time go get one.
March 18, 2019, 1:32 PM · Nuuska,

Any break in this area of the bow is not superficial.

Please take it to a bow maker/restorer. Not a time for DIY.

March 18, 2019, 5:09 PM · Duane, totally agree - never do a DIY on a valuable bow stick.
March 18, 2019, 6:43 PM · Thank you for all the replies! I will be taking it to get repaired.
April 11, 2019, 5:08 PM · Hello Omar,

Well..... I think as long as the broken out piece is ok and there, glued back, then it's ok. The value of the bow would go down.

Otherwise, I'm not sure about the bow, the hair is chinese, ok, and not mongolian. That is, like, the price is about 10 folds........

I mean, the horsehair. Plus the expenses for the luthier, who would change the horsehair. Sometimes you can get blackish horsehair.

So, the horsehair looks ok.


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