One of the violinists asked me to rehair one of his bows. He had his own hair, too, and since it's my first "commercial" rehair I offered to do it for free. Dear god, though, this bow is a piece of s***.
First, the ENTIRE THING was CAKED IN GLUE. Took me an hour just to gouge out all the wedges and remove the old hair. Then of course all the mortices were both way too deep and way too narrow and nothing quite fits and yadda yadda yadda. Also, the "Siberian" hair was super brittle and reeked of cigarettes, not to mention there was only about two thirds of how much the stick needs in the package.
Anyways. I did the best I could, and it turned out just... fine. I'm not quite proud of how it looks, but given the materials it's about as good as it can get without using glue to hold things in place (the tip mortice was too small, so the hair was glued onto the ivory to make it look like a fuller ribbon...). Even if it's a cheap piece of utter c***, I don't want to curse the next poor soul tasked with taking it apart with removing as much adhesive as I had to.
I did consider reshaping everything to make it more standard (and literally just about everything would have had to be modified) but I'm so done with that bow I don't think it's worth the added time to do all that.
What's your guys' policy for working on cheap stuff? If someone shows up with a completely unworkable bow and hair, do you turn it down and recommend they get something better, or bite the bullet and try your best to fix it?Tweet
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