Rehairing the bow
I need to rehair my favorite bow, but unfortunately there are no places in this country to do this job (the only man who used to do it, does not work any more). I will have to rehair myself, but I will practice several times in an unused cheap brazilwood bow, until I think I can do it right. My questions are:
- Those who had to learn how to rehair, how many times did you need to do it until it was satisfactory? That's to order enough hair, but not in excess...
- Any recommendation to purchase hair?
Cotton went through this process not long ago, you should get in touch with him - I'm sure he'll be willing to share what kind of resources he used in gaining knowledge as well as where to buy the hair etc.
A lot depends on the bow.
And some bows have nonstandard mechanisms. Victor Fetique, for instance, invented his own mechanism at the frog and apparently it makes cutting the correct-size wedge quite difficult.
Yes, my first thought was to send it, and that would not be a problem, but I don’t trust the way back. Local customs and the local branch of most couriers are not to be trusted
Be very careful. An improperly rehaired bow can result in a snapped head. If the hair is not perfectly distributed, it can result in twisting forces when you apply pressure to the bow.
Carlos, since you're living in one of the worlds most humid places, it certainly would be a benefit if the rehair was done under the condition the bow would be played afterwards. I do understand all concerns about that, and I'm myself not free of them. So let me ask one simple question - is your bow irreplaceable? (financial / historic value, or personal value like "it took me a decade to find MY bow" or it came down to you from a beloved person or as a heirloom)
There are only two bows in my possession on which I would never try it on my own. The first one because of it's value. The second, because it just sounds that good...
Welcome to the world of bow rehairing, and quite possibly one of the most frustrating learning experiences of your life.
Thank you Cotton, that's helpful. How many times you crashed on the process until you found yourself satisfied with the result?
The first hank went straight to the trash, and #2 as well after a while, but each subsequent job got a little bit more refined. But only a little... I think my first good rehair (as in it never came apart and there were no crossed hairs) was around #8 or so. Granted, I tried to do my first couple using my family as human bow clamps, so you can imagine why they didn't turn out.
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