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£29.99 violin #2 To repair bow or dump it?


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The bow that came with my budget but old violin needs a rehair but also a replacement tip.  It's seems to be a decent quality bow so is it worth paying the amount required to set this up for future use?   Is it old or just used a lot - leather pad has perished somewhat?  What material was used for the metal the internal metal parts?  Looks like gold but surely not?   Happy new year to all!

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This is a very cheap recently made Chinese bow.  Typically in bows like this, the grain runs vertically in the hair plugs, the slides are nearly impossible to remove from the frogs and the frog hair mortises need to be recut.  These things make these bows much harder to  rehair than better quality bows, so many people would consider this one not worth rehairing.

There are no internal metal parts.  What looks like gold is brass.

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13 minutes ago, Brad Dorsey said:

This is a very cheap recently made Chinese bow.  Typically in bows like this, the grain runs vertically in the hair plugs, the slides are nearly impossible to remove from the frogs and the frog hair mortises need to be recut.  These things make these bows much harder to  rehair than better quality bows, so many people would consider this one not worth rehairing.

There are no internal metal parts.  What looks like gold is brass.

Thanks.  This is actually good news as I can now budget for a decent new bow and use this until that is purchased.   Surprising how aged/worn the brass winding and leather has become considering it's age but I imagine that's down to quality of materials used.

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