We currently have a bunch of bows in the house and not enough case space to fit them. As of today we have:
One 1/2 size bow (fits in case)
One 3/4 size bow (we don't currently have a 3/4 violin or case)
Three full size bows (two fit in the case)
Two viola bows (both fit in case)
Two Baroque bows (don't fit well in cases because they are short)
So that is 4 bows we have that don't fit in cases. We do have a "bow quiver" (zipper bow case) that is supposed to hold one bow, but I often put 2 or 3 in it. I can't fit 4 in it.
The four bows that I don't have in regular cases are all inexpensive (<$150 each) but I would still like to protect them. Will it harm them if they are sitting out? Will they get grimy? Right now they are just sitting on a table. Any other recommendations?
I keep some bows hanging on long nails in the wall. Right now I have 5 cello bows hanging on one nail. I have them hanging from the tip end.
Yes, I'm about to order one of those 6-bow Gewa cases.
Marco Brancalion, do you know if these will hold the Baroque and 3/4 length bows? I always hesitated on that style because I thought they could not accommodate the shorter bows.
Andrew, I hang my bows on wooden pegs in an old kiddie coat rack attached to the wall.
Buy a tie rack. Better still: Give the bows to charity and write off the donation. The baroque bows you can just use for kindling or swatting flies.
Bow case. For shorter bows, get some bubble wrap and use it to cushion the ends.
Hah Paul! Some of these bows are really deserving of being kindling for a fire. We have one freebie full size bow that just doesn't deserve to be called a bow.
Herman, I did think about it, but went tip UP because the tip is weaker and the frog ends are thicker so I can hang more bows per nail.
A billards/pool/snooker cue case* is what I use for storing bows not currently in playing use.
Break them in half and they’ll fit nicely in a vase.
My front room walls are mostly full of hanging instruments [Guitars, Mandolins, Octave Mandos and Fiddles].
Thank you so much Marco!
We had bows shipped to us in one of these: