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  1. Hello again Adam, I am sorry if my answer seemed a little vague to you,I thought it quite explanitory,so to put it in simple terms both myself and my sons spend 8 hrs a day 5 days a week working like hell picking hair for the pro customers and charge a reflective price for our efforts, I am not complaining because we get a tremendus buzz knowing that nobody even comes close to our branded qualities of bow hair as 99% of all our custmers around the world will testify,which is quite nice. As you know very well,just to be able to buy a stick of hair from china,put it into a carton, send it to the cutomer and make about $100 profit at least for doing bugger all so i think we deserve some of the action, it stops the bordom stepping in. We could if needs be post at least 20 sticks in our 1 hour lunch break anyway,its so easy. I will have another look for the negs I think i still might have them. My best regards to you both. Michael T.
  2. Hi Adam, Thanks for your email about the introduction of our new grades of bow hair. We have been asked about supplying SEMI picked bow hair for some years from Europe and the R.O.W. so we came to the conclusion that to ignore that potential market much longer would be stupid. So, we made the decision that it was time to offer the different types of hair that everybody else was selling,its not everybody who can afford the Sowden range of best quality bow hair and it certainly would not be economical to use best quality in say school bows,and after all we are the only company that has 44 years experience in horse hair to monitor all the different grades correctly,other suppliers claim they can but they are false claims. As there are many companies out there also selling similar cheaper qualities so we thought wy not give them a run for their money, it would not make buisiness sense not cover all areas of the market. I sent the photos to Kyungmi a long time ago,i hope they have not been lost in the post. My best regards to you and Kyungmi. Michael.
  3. It has been sometime since i was on maestronet this has been for a number of reasons. busy with orders as usual and it takes me most of the day to type up the answers to your questions. As im not 100% good on the computer and then i read what i have put and say. "No i have missed something out" then i delete everything and start again(time to go on a computer cores i think) Yes i do go into great details and must explain all about the hair as this is most important to me and i do go and on a little. The other thing is the new products on the web site www.sowden.co.uk we have introduced some more hair that is of different quality than our Blue string brand hair. This has taken quite some time to source and now we supply hair from 1* 2* 3* 4* and our usual best quality bow hair(see web site for more info). If you need to ask questions please feel free to ask them i will answer them might not be on the same day. Thank you Michael T Sowden
  4. Hello. Thank you for your recommendation in Sowdens bow hair. Well about 80% of our customers take our blue string brand bow hair.This hair as with all our hair is selected by taking out the bad hairs. Thank you. Michael Sowden PS if you do require a sample please drop me an e mail ?
  5. Our thoughts go out to all in and around the NY area. We hope that you are all ok. Take care and we are thinking about all of you. Michael Sowden
  6. The amount of hair in a bow is 5.5gms there is about 155 hairs in 1 single hank
  7. is they anybody who is going to attend the vsa in the USA as im going to be there for 1 week and would like to see some of you. the dates are as shown....www.sowden.co.uk 2000 VSA Competition and Convention Cincinnati, Ohio area November 13-19, 2000
  8. yes but please bear in mind not only do you need a good bow re hairer but you need good bow hair. re BERG BOWS THE SAYING GOES A BERG BOW IS ALLWAYS IN THE BEST HANDS. He uses our hair. Mark Sowden www.sowden.co.uk
  9. how about the violin case from Michael T Sowdens www.sowden.co.uk
  10. Good morning. First of all may i tell you about a fax that i got about 2 months ago. One of our customers asked that out side was -4 and inside he had his central heating on and it was very hard to work with the hair as you said in your question so we told him about one of our products called red string brand bow hair. This may help you next time, this hair has been specially prepared to permanently realign and straighten the chain molecules inside the hair,REDUCING the natural tendency to OVER STRETCH under tension therefore minimising the slackening off effect in the bow whitch occurs in humid condisions. hope this has helped you thank you Mark Sowden www.sowden.co.uk
  11. Dear Claire thank you for the topic that you posted about a good day out.. And the topic about the Marster craftman.. We like the comments that has been posted some good and some bad? Thank you for the visit and if your in the area again please drop in. Mark Sowden
  12. Dear George thank you very much for your kind remarks about our case,it is very nice when someone can tell a good case by the picture the case looks even better in real life... Might send one over to our agent in the USA then you can have a look at it for yourself.. Thank you again Mark Sowden
  13. Re coloured bow hair... First of all you must first bleach the hair to get the same colour the same. As we all know that bleach does the bow hair no good at all this weakens the hair by at least 80%. Then you can get a dye and let it soak for about 2 hours then let it dry. this is how you get the coloured bow hair.. hope this helps Michael Sowden
  14. Dear friend we have just what you are looking for, we are well known all over the world for supplying the very best bow hair, and we would like to tell you that we have been desining on our premisis our new violin case,this case has gone on very high test to meet the very highest standards that any one can make if you would like me to send some detailes to you please get in touch thank you Mark Sowden www.sowden.co.uk
  15. morning all just like to say if they is anybody coming to yorkshire(leeds)please come and see, where your bow hair comes from. all the best Michael sowden
  16. DEAR MAMAKIWI, YOUR BEST BET IS TO BUY ANOTHER BOW AS A REHAIR WOULD COST YOU FAR MORE. REGARDS, MICHAEL T SOWDEN.
  17. DEAR SCOT, IF YOU HAVE ONLY BROKEN 2 OR 3 HAIRS I WOULD NOT BOTHER HAVING A REHAIR JUST YET ALTHOUGH 50 YEARS IS PUSHING THE BOAT OUT A BIT. A REHAIR IS USUALLY REQUIRED WHEN A SUBSTANTIAL AMMOUNT OF HAIR BREAKS OUT OR THE RIBBON HAS STRETCHED THAT MUCH THAT YOU CAN NO LONGER TIGHTEN UP OR THE RIBBON HAS ABSORBED THAT MUCH ROSIN THAT IT STARTS SLIDING ACCROSS THE STRINGS DUE TO A POLISHING EFFECT. THESE ARE SOME OF THE MOST COMMON REASONS. REGARDS, MICHAEL T SOWDEN.
  18. HELLO THERESA, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR KIND WORDS AND I AM SURE YOUR HAIR WILL LAST FOR A LONG TIME TO COME. WE DONT ACTUALLY COUNT OUT EVERY SINGLE HAIR WHEN MAKING UP SINGLE HANKS,BUT I USED TO,NOW THOUGH I HAVE GOT USED TO THE FEEL OF WHAT AN AVARAGE HANK SHOULD CONTAIN AND JUST SEPARATE ENOUGH BEFORE TYING IT UP,GOOD JOB REALY AS WE HAVE TO PRODUCE THOUSANDS OF SINGLE HANKS PER YEAR FOR CUSTOMERS WHO PREFERE TO BUY HAIR THIS WAY.I SAID THAT I TOOK THE "AVERAGE"THIS IS SIMPLY BECAUSE MANY BOW MAKERS WILL HAVE TO REHAIR TO THIER CUSTOMERS OWN SPECIFICATIONS ON BEING HEAVY,AVERAGE OR LIGHT BUT AROUND I50 TO 155 IS USUALY THE NORM. WHAT I MIGHT NOT HAVE MENTIONED IN MY PREVIOUS POSTINGS ON BOW HAIR IS THAT IT TAKES APROXAMATLY 5 FULL HORSE TAILS TO BE ABLE TO OBTAIN THE HAIRS SUITABLE FOR ONE SINGLE BOW,THIS COULD ALSO BE USED IN YOUR KIDS MATHS LESSONS ie HOW MANY HORSE TAILS DOES IT TAKE TO REHAIR 5 BOWS AND I SUPOSE YOU COULD USE THE LENGTH AS A FORM OF UNITS,IT WOULD PROBABLY BE MORE INTERESTING FOR THE KIDS,YOU NEVER KNOW IT COULD BE ADOPTED BY ALL SCHOOLS,WHAT A THOUGHT. LIKE THE BIT ABOUT THE FROGS BY THE WAY. WILL YOU COME OVER SOMETIME AND TEACH ME SPELLING AND GRAMMER, I COULD USE IT. YOURS MORE RESPECTFULLY, MICHAEL T SOWDEN. P.S. THERE ARE MACHINES FOR COUNTING HAIRS BUT I USED TO USE A PAIR OF BULL NOSED SISSORS WITH A HOLE DRILLED IN RIGHT AT THE TOP APROX THE SAME DIAMETER AS A HANK OF HAIR SO THAT WHEN I PLUNGED THE SISSORS INTO THE BUNDLE OF HAIR IT WOULD ONLY GRAB ENOUGH HAIR TO FILL THE HOLE.
  19. DEAR L BLAKE, I FIND IT VERY STRANGE THAT YOUR CARBON BOW IS SO STIFF,I HAVE JUST RETURNED FROM MY YEARLY VISIT TO "MUSIKORA"IN PARIS TO CHAT WITH CUSTOMERS,TWO OR THREE OF THEM MANUFACTURE CARBON BOWS,AND I FOUND THAT THERE SOLE AIM IS TO TRY AND REPRODUCE A SYNTHETIC BOW WHICH HAS ALL THE CARACTARISTICS OF A PERNAMBUCO BOW OTHERWISE IT WOULD BE A WASTE OF TIME. AS THERE ARE SO MANY PRODUCERS OF CARBON BOWS IT MAY BE THAT YOU HAVE CHOSEN OR BEEN BADLY ADVISED ON THE CHOICE OF MAKE.THERE ARE ONLY A HANDFULL OF GOOD MAKERS IN THE WORLD WHO CAN, NEAR AS DAMMIT, ACHIEVE THE ATTRIBUTES OF A PERNAMBUCO STICK AND THREFORE SHOULD HAVE THE RIGHT AMMOUNT OF TENSION.IT MIGHT BE WISE TO HAVE THE BOW CHECKED OUT.REGARDING THE HAIR "ATONAL" IS CORRECT IN HIS ANSWER,I WILL JUST ADD THAT WHEN THE HAIR IS UNDER UNNESSARY HIGH TENSION THE HAIR WILL GIVE AND WILL NOT RECOVER AS QUICKLY.ALSO IF THE HAIR BEING USED IS NOT "PICKED"THEN THOSE BAD HAIRS WILL BE THE FIRST TO BREAK. ON CANADIAN HAIR,YES IT IS A BIT THICKER AND THEREFORE SLIGHTLY STRONGER. REGARDS, MICHAEL T SOWDEN.
  20. quote: Originally posted by LBlake: Ahh, thank you for asking again, Mr. Sowden. I recently purchased a carbon-fiber bow - very stiff bow. I had it re-haired, and in the first week or so, about 10 hairs either fell out or broke off (seems like they mostly broke - didn't notice any curly ends.) Also the hair seems to have stretched very significantly after about a week, too. I took it back, because it also looked like the plug in the tip might have been coming loose a little. They took out the plug and checked the knot... told me the hairs seemed to have broken off, and that the plug just couldn't fit quite right because it was an unusual-shaped tip, but that he'd put another plug in and it WAS secure. His explanation for how quickly the hairs were coming off and stretching out, though, was that since it was the carbon-fiber, the stick was too stiff and strong, so the hairs were just "giving" unusually quickly. (I hope I said that right so it made sense - atonal - you were there - correct me if I didn't say it right, please). Can this be? That because it is a carbon-fiber bow, the hairs stretch out ultra-fast and break off more often? I still only have the bow tight while I'm actually playing, and loose when it's resting. Also, I have heard that canadian hair is stronger - is this true? THANKS!!!
  21. DEAR ELIABETH, THERE ARE QUITE A FEW DIFFERENT TYPES OF BOW HAIR REJUVENATION KITS ON THE MARKET ALL CLAIMING TO BRING THE HAIR BACK TO ITS ORIGIONAL CONDITION,BUT LETS FACE IT,AFTER A WHILE THE HAIR IN THE BOW WILL GRADUALY TAKE ON A "STRETCHED SET" SO WHILST THE KIT WILL MAYBE CLEAN THE ROSIN OFF TO SOME EXTENT IT WILL NOT MAKE THE HAIR GO BACK TO ITS ORIGIONAL LENGTH AND COULD EVEN MAKE THINGS WORSE,YOUR BEST BET IS TO GET A REHAIR. REGARDS, MICHAEL T SOWDEN.
  22. HELLO BOBBY THIS IS MICHAEL, THE REPLY POSTED BY PIERLUIGI RATCLIFF CANAL WAS VERY ACCURATE AND I ONLY HAVE TO ADD ONE MORE COMMENT.IF THE UNNAMED LUTHIER WAS USING HAIR THAT WAS NOT PICKED THIS IS ANOTHER VERY SERIOUS,BUT COMMON PROBLEM.A BUNDLE OF HAIR THAT IS NOT PICKED USUALY CONTAINS UP TO 60% OF DAMAGED HAIRS,IF THESE ARE NOT REMOVED BEFOREHAND ALL THESE HAIRS WILL BREAK OUT VERY EASILY AND QUICKLY IN USE LEAVING YOU WITH A BOW ONLY 40%FULL OF GOOD HAIR.WE SPEND EVERY WORKING DAY OF THE YEAR TAKING OUT THESE HAIRS BEFORE THE BOW MAKER GETS THE HAIR AND IT IS VERY TIME CONSUMING SO SOME MAKERS WILL NOT GO TO THE EXTRA EXPENCE AND USE THE HAIR JUST AS IT COMES,NOT A WISE THING TO DO AS YOUR EXPERENCE HAS PROVED.BEST OF LUCK NEXT TIME. REGARDS, MICHAEL T SOWDEN.
  23. HAVE YOU ANY BOW HAIR QUESTIONS???? IF SO I WILL ANSWER THEM FOR YOU. THANK YOU. MICHAEL T SOWDEN
  24. DEAR R HAYES, WE DO NOT TRADE DIRECTLY WITH KAZAKSTAN OR UZBEKESTAN BUT WE DO TRADE WITH MONGOLIA WHO IN TURN OBTAIN HORSEHAIR FROM MANY REGIONS. ITS DIFFICULT TO SAY WICH COUNTRY EATS THE MOST HORSEMEAT,THERE IS SO MANY OF THEM,PROBABLY CHINA AND SOUTH AMERICA TOP THE CHARTS WITH FRANCE NOWADAYS AT THE BOTTOM END. THE HIDES ARE TANNED AND USED IN THE LEATHER INDUSTRIES,THE BODY HAIR IS USED BY THE COSMETIC BRUSH TRADES,MANES AND TAILS IN THE BRUSH AND BOW TRADES AND MANY MANY MORE APLICATIONS. REGARDS, MICHAEL T SOWDEN.
  25. DEAR SUZANNE, THANKS FOR YOUR ENQUIRY. THE HAIR SHOULD BE PUT ROOT TO FROG BECAUSE IT IS THE STRONGEST PART OF THE HAIR AND ALSO MAKES SENSE DUE TO THE NATURAL TAPER. IF YOU HALF AND HALF IT YOU WOULD INEVITABLE WEAKEN THE HAIR AT THE FROG END RESULTING IN FREQUENT BREAKAGES. REGARDING THE DIRECTION OF THE SCALES,IT DOESENT MATTER WICH WAY THEY RUN IN A BOW AS LONG AS YOU COMB THE HANK THE WAY IT GREW OUT OF THE HORSE,FROM ROOT TO TIP OTHERWISE IT IS LIKE BACK COMBING YOUR OWN HAIR,IT CAUSES REAL DAMAGE BECAUSE YOUR COMBING AGAINST THE HAIR SCALES. TO SUM UP,IF YOU CAN,ALWAYS RE HAIR ROOT IN FROG FIRST THEN GENTLY UP TO TIP OF BOW. REGARDS, MICHAEL T SOWDEN.
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