My viola bow won't tighten. I can barely fit a pencil through it when tightened. It is slightly warped. I didn't care much when I bought it (only around £10 on Amazon) but I've really liked it as my viola bow in the last few months. Does anyone have any suggestions as to what I can do?
Get a rehair. Your hair has gone too slack because it's a lot more humid. That's my guess. You do kinda get what you pay for, you know?
There is ether something wrong with the screw mechanism or the hair is too long.
Buy a better bow. I've had a few bows of that quality from Amazon. The Col Legno Standard copy was good enough to keep, but the others were hideously warped when tightened. If you are British, you should try to get hold of one of these (mine - an octagonal brazilwood - is fabulous for the money - one came with my electric violin; but I have heard from an unreliable source that quality control can vary, so be prepared to return it if you have a problem with it): -
Rehair is the best thing I expect. However, at £10, I would seriously consider an upgrade, once the shops are opening up again (or do the Stringzone at home bow trial). As you are seriously aiming for music college, you are going to need a bow that can keep up with demanding repertoire.
If a bow costs £10, you don't spend £70 on a rehair (especially if it is warped), you buy another £10 bow. Of course, good £10 bows are just flukes, so your chances of getting another one as good for the same money are slim.
The bow responds well. M I have been thinking about doing that, its just having the money to do it haha. I have a Jon Paul for my violin, which I really like
And Gordon, I agree. As stated above I do intend on investing in a new one fairly soon
Hopefully you have a spare bow to tide you over until you can buy an upgrade.
M yeah I have one. Should only need around 2 months before I have the money for the stringzone one :)
As Andrew says, it could be the screw in the frog.
Two months isn't so bad. Which bow are you thinking of on Stringzone? Happy saving!
A carbon fibre one I think, as my Jon Paul is and works well. Hope to find one as good for similar value
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