Online Bow Rehair or Central NJ?
My son is moving up to a full-size violin. He is not very serious on it, but enjoys being part of the orchestra and plans to play in junior high.
I'd bought a Samuel Shen 305 which I quite like. It came with an octagonal wood bow badly in need of a rehair. I would assume this is an "okay" bow, and I like the balance.
I'm interested in either an online service or something local (Princeton/Hopewell/Trenton). The shop in Princeton only services instruments they've sold. Does anyone have advice? The main onnline company I keep seeing charges $15 for the box and $75 to rehair.
How absurd, I have never heard of a violin shop refusing to do a rehair just because they weren't the original seller of a bow. Have you looked for other shops?
I think it is always best to have a working relationship with a local bow maker. If one can't be found locally, then it may be worth a little drive. If the nearest bow maker isn't in driving distance, then shipping to any reputable shop would be the last resort.
Anthony, that's a very helpful idea--I was only finding generic shops a little ways away. There is a maker about 15 minutes away, so I will email.
As long as the bow rehairing is done in your climate zone it should be OK. Rehairs done in a drastically different climate can cause problems for your bow during periods of extreme weather conditions.
Triangle Strings in North Carolina has a well designed rehairing program via UPS.... They also do very good and consistent work.
Why not go to Philly for your rehair? Or use Salchow's same day service here in NY and make a day of it (assuming of course you can make a day of it during the workweek!)
Karin Menzel Violin Shop in Boonton. Google her business and give her a phone call or send an e-mail. She was trained by a great luthier (her father) and does excellent work.
It is always a good idea to have a second bow. So you may want to consider getting another then have the one you have rehaired.
I’d recommend either Robert Ames in Fort Lee, NJ or Salchow and Sons in NYC.
"The shop in Princeton only services instruments they've sold."
@Mengwei, I may very well have misunderstood over the phone. "Refused" may be too strong a word. They were very friendly and it would not surprise me if they don't just don't deal in mystery bows, etc. They may not have the personnel to deal with their core business (repeat customers, major repairs, and sales) and also handle mystery instruments, walk-ins, etc. They asked where I got the violin and I fessed up that I'd gotten it on craigslist.
Rehair is not brain surgery. Your local guy will be fine.
Robert Ames, Salchow and Sons, and Triangle Strings are all very good.
Call the violin doctor. They are located in New Jersey only about an hour away from you. Nice shop worth knowing about.
Just a quick note that somewhere here I found a registry of luthiers and there's an excellent bass player down the street who was able to rehair the bow for <$70 before he headed out on travels.