I accidentally dropped my violin bow, and it lands on the floor at the worst angle possible. It hits the floor and the tip split into two. I don't have photo-hosting service, but there is an old post on v.com that has the same damage I have.
I just wonder, if I glue it back, is this bow safe to use? Or I am better off to buy a new one?
This is not an expensive bow, so taking it to a luthier will cost not much less than replacing it. However, I bought it couple months ago and it is a shame to throw away something relatively new.
Get some very strong glue, apply it in the middle of the exposed, raw area, and hold both pieces together by wrapping it very tightly with any kind of string that doesn't stretch.
I had a H. R. Pfretzschner violin bow with a break like that. I figured regardless of what it might have once been worth it was not worth that any more so I checked out the internet and found the following way to repair it:
another disaster waiting to happen!!
Sorry to hear that. Definitely take it to a bow specialist. Don’t try to repair it yourself. In NYC Gregory Wiley is the best in my opinion for stick repair - he’s like a surgeon with bows.
Why would you spend more than the value of rhe bow for such a simple repair...
This is the way to do it right:
Yes, Roger has it right: a spline repair, which you can do yourself on a cheap bow, if you are handy with tools.
Cotton, I have really good French bows so yes they only go to top level professionals when they need work - there’s nothing wrong with what I recommended - going to a trained bow maker (even if it costs more). This was more of a general comment. I don’t know what kind of bow the OP has. I’d rather have the work done right the first time than f**ked up by a rank amateur repair (and have it worked on again as a result). V.com is a great community to share ideas but the only way to learn how to play the violin or to make violins and bows is to study it very seriously for many years the old fashioned way.
Here is an article I did on performing a head spline not too long ago:
All, thank you very much for the suggestions and the link to how to perform the head spline repair.
The spline procedure DOES work. But it can only handle certain kinds of breaks, it costs $300 or so, and the repaired bow will only be worth a fraction of what it was.
Another reason to consider carbon fiber bows for students. They're inexpensive, servicable and can usually withstand various kinds of drops.