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Thread #89392   Message #1688214
Posted By: GUEST,Donald
08-Mar-06 - 09:20 AM
Thread Name: Difference in fiddle bows?
Subject: RE: Difference in fiddle bows?
I have found that the black rosin is more effective than the amber type. Also definately 'scuff up' a new shiny block.

But as important is getting the bow rehaired when it needs it; otherwise you can scrub away at the rosin to no effect. A local violin dealer/repairer enlightened me as to why bows actually need rehairing from time to time - the hair apparently has lots of hook-like structures (like this: JJJJJJJJ) . When you rosin the bow, the curved end of the hooks retain the rosin. As the bow is used through time, the hooked ends get worn away, so you are left with fine straight strands like this: |||||||||||. Once this happens, you can rub and rub the bow with rosin but it won't stick - time for a re-hair!

Another tip - keep your block of rosin well away from any string- cleaner! I once left both together in the little storage compartment in the violin case: the cleaner leaked onto the rosin and turned its surface into a very sticky mess.