Report Replacing wrapping on transitional bow? in The Pegbox Posted March 9, 2016 It's only anecdotal, but the old bows I own or have owned (1750-1785) all seem to never have had a winding or a grip and the bow makers and experts I know seem to be unanimous that pre-1790's bows in general didn't have windings or grips. Of course, that doesn't prove that no one ever used one back then, and on a modern replica, why not do something comfortable? I personally like a plain lizard-skin wrap on bows on which I don't want to change the balance. I haven't put one on my pike-head or Cramer bows, but I don't play HIP in public, just for personal study and experimentation. If I were practicing on my pre-1785 bows as much as I do on my "modern Tourte" model bows, I'd be afraid of wearing into the sticks. Thanks Michael, I like the idea of the plain lizard-skin wrap. That would deal with both my concerns about playing with a bare stick--possible lack of grip and potential wear to the stick--while being reasonably durable and easily replaceable.