In general, we recommend rehairing your bow every six months to a year, ideally at the start of the winter and summer seasons. Rehairing keeps the bow in good physical condition and improves playability. The best place to get your bow rehaired is from a professional violin maker.
However, if you are a skilled player who takes care of your instruments, you can keep your bow longer than one year. There are two things that affect how long you can keep your bow: the make and model of the instrument and how well you take care of it. For example, if you play a violin made by Stradivari, it will be worth more when you sell it used. Also, a poorly made bow can become too soft after years of use and no longer provide proper support for the string's tension. In this case, it should be replaced.
Generally, bows last about three to five years before they need to be replaced. However, you can extend their life by storing them properly. For example, don't leave your bow lying in the bedpost when not in use.
You should also clean your bow regularly. A dirty bow will not only look unappealing but it may also cause problems with the sound of the instrument. To clean your bow, first dampen it with a water-based solution.
When... a bow has to be rehaired The average music student's bow should only need rehairing every two years or so. Students and professionals who are more conscientious about their bows may rehair them every two to six months. The more you take care of your bow, the less often you'll need to replace the hair.
Bows last for several reasons: good quality wood is used in their construction, which tends to be more durable than that of a guitar; also, they are held together with glue and not screws, which makes them even stronger. A violin bow will last as long as it is taken care of properly. If it starts to lose its flexibility, then it's time to get another one.
Here are some tips on how to keep your bow longer:
- Don't wash your bow in hot water or use abrasive cleaners. They will damage the wood and make it fall apart faster.
- Don't put excess pressure on the string when you're playing. This will cause the bow to break.
- Don't store your bow in its case. Always keep it free from any dust or other particles that could get inside the case and cause it to collapse.
- Don't leave your bow lying on a bench or table while you're not using it. This will cause the wood to dry out and make it crack.
The average music student's bow should only need rehairing every two years or so. Violin hair is very durable if taken care of properly.
Violin hair is naturally thin and can be worn for several hours without a problem. However, it does get tangled easily so it's best not to wear it for long periods of time. Violin hair lasts depending on how well you take care of it. If you give your hair proper attention by keeping it clean and smelling nice, then it will last much longer than if you don't.
There are several companies that make violin hair. Some people complain about poor quality violin hair at an expensive price but there are other companies that use only top-quality hair that last for many years. Generally speaking, violin hair is quite durable and can be worn for many years before needing replacement.