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  1. cmstein

    Rehair job

    Just an update. I got the bow back from the new man and it's wonderful. He straightened it and rehaired it and it's nice and smooth and controllable and I like playing again.
  2. cmstein

    Rehair job

    I have high hopes that this man knows his work. He does NOTHING but bows. He did not ask to see me play, but from what you are saying, he can tell from the bow itself? In any case, this bow is not straight when the hairs are completely loose. I am playing with a truly cheapo bow, temporarily, that I have not even looked at for 10 years--I think it was about $100 back in the late 80's (wood, but the sort with a black and white winding, etc.) Though it is not at all good for bouncing and needs fixing as it can't be loosened (ie. it's been under tension in the case for many many years) it actually sounds better for legato playing on my instrument than the $2000 bow with the bad hair job did. Hard to believe. Can't wait to get it back next weekend. I hope it's back to normal!
  3. cmstein

    Rehair job

    OK, just got back from town. According to the new man, the hair was tighter on one side than the other. The stick is warped. I'm having it rehaired and straightened and will have it back next Saturday.
  4. cmstein

    Rehair job

    I don't know if it was straight when I brought it to him the first time, or when I shipped it back to him to be re-done. It was not warped when I bought it. It could have been developing the warp over the years? I always loosen it when not playing but I can think of 2 times that I accidentally didn't and left it tightened overnight. Other than that I don't know what could have caused it. I'm not out to get anybody over it--I just want it to play nicely so I can enjoy practicing and playing--not trying to make this into a mud fight. I'm bringing the bow to someone else that was highly recommended to see what he says about the hair job, the warping, etc. and just get it fixed and go on with my life. I've sent the loaner back, registered, insured for $2000, priority mail, so there' s no possibility of a problem on that score. At this point, I've paid for the rehair and the freight to send my bow back once and his loaner once and I'm done with that whole scene. Thanks to everyone who helped on this thread! I'll report back when I've got this second opinion from Bow Dr. #2!
  5. cmstein

    Rehair job

    I bought this bow from him for $2000 in 2004. It is a Vauillume model, Hawk & Sons stamp. When I bought it I tried bows for 3 months--I must have tried 30 bows before I bought this one. It was not warped when I bought it--I had my teacher helping me choose it. He's normally so quick to point out any problems that I'm surprised he did not notice the warping. Perhaps when he saw it it was fine and has warped in the 4 or 5 days since he inspected it, shipped it to me, and I noticed it?
  6. cmstein

    Rehair job

    This is the second re-hair already. And yesterday he was telling me he would like to see it, bring other bows for me to try and borrow while it's rehaired again, if he looks at it and feels it needs that or if there are other "contaminants" mixed in the hairs, like dog or cat hair (I do have a cat). But suddenly he's changed his mind and is sure that the first rehair was fine and that this one is, too, because he's had other players check out other rehair jobs and they are fine. The logic is a bit awry and I don''t understand the change of heart. I had told him I wanted to play it a little more and see if I just needed to get used to it, or rosin it more, or something, before either of us had to drive anywhere. So I was really surpised by the email I got from him telling me my violin needed adjusting, that hairs are often not the same thickness, that my house was too dry, and that other players liked his rehairs. On top of that, the loaner I've been using from him, that I have not really liked using, has suddenly changed from something that he felt he maybe should replace with a "high quality loaner" (meaning, to me, that he obviously agreed with me that the one I was borrowing wasn't so hot) to a bow he's got to have back immediately to put back on the market.
  7. cmstein

    Rehair job

    I took the bow to a friend's house who is a teacher . She played my violin with my bow and it sounded raspy. She played my violin with her bow and it sounded mellow. I tried and had the same result. We then looked at the bow carefully and found: 1. The ferule (sp?) on my bow was significantly narrower than hers. However the width of hair in the middle of the bow was the same. It seems there is too much hair for the width of both the ferule and the tip. It seems to come out of the tip, instead of smooth and flat, as sort of a curved thickness. 2. The surface of the hair is not smooth. It’s as though there are ridges across the surface of the ribbon. 3. The stick is warped. This is true whether the hair is totally loosened or not, so I’m not blaming the hair job, just that it’s a problem with the bow and it should be straightened. I got home and found an email from the shop the rehair was done at and he told me that he was sure it was that my violin was out of adjustment, the air in my house is too dry, and that he had other, professional players try bows he had had rehaired, and they were fine (though sometimes their instruments needed adjusting and once that was done they were fine.) Now, I just had my violin adjusted in his shop 12/22/08. I've always been very pleased before with all the work he's ever done on the violin, but he sends the bows out, and I think I'm just going to have to find someone else to do my bow work.
  8. cmstein

    Rehair job

    The loose hairs I mentioned are just not tightening the same amount as the others. I have so much doubt in myself as a player that it's hard for me to believe the bad sound is the bow and not me, and I'm sort of embarrassed to go back and play it and others to show him because he does work for some really famous players sometimes. But I guess I will have to be brave and do it. First I'm going to have a friend who is a teacher try it on my instrument, and if she sounds good with it, it's me. If it sounds lousy than she could try it on her violin, and if that sounds OK than something is up with my violin. If that sounds lousy than she can try it on her violin, and if it's lousy then...then there's no denying it, it's the bow, and I'll pluck up my courage and go back.
  9. cmstein

    Rehair job

    Hi, I'm new to this forum, I hope someone can give me some help on this! I just had my bow re-haired. It had a few loose hairs to start with, and by the end of a few weeks it had about 20 loose hairs. I sent it back to be re-done, and when I got it it seemed right from the start to be sort of too thick with hair. It wasn't rosined, so that could be part of the trouble, but it just sounds scrubby and feels scratchy. I counted the hairs and there are between 190--200. I noticed that some are very very thin and some are very thick so that they seem like 2 hairs stuck together. When I look at the surface of the hair ribbon, some hairs seem to stick out more than others, instead of just appearing uniformly smooth. Is 200 hairs too much for a violin bow? should the hairs be more uniform in thickness? Thanks for any thoughts!
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