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Red violin bow hair?

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I was watching the Menuhin Junior Competition and came upon a violinist playing with red bow hair: 

 

I know that black bow hair can be used to better grab thicker strings, but is there any practical use for the red hair or is it just an aesthetic thing?

Also what are the methods for turning the hair red? 

 

Thanks! :)

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Kids like "fun" colours - as do some antiestablishment adults - that's about as complicated as it gets.

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8 minutes ago, Rue said:

Kids like "fun" colours - as do some antiestablishment adults - that's about as complicated as it gets.

Don’t get me started on purple, blue and green violins! 

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I just had a bow which I sold with white hair come back for it's first rehairing and the hair is now distinctly pinkish orange  The owner swears she has not done anything to it and the only explanation I can think of is that the original hair was treated or washed in some way that has now reacted with the rosin. I have never seen anything like this before and was going to ask if anyone else has seen this happen. By the way she uses Andrea orchestra rosin which many of my clients also use with no bizarre affects.

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Is the bow kept in a cheap case? Is the lining of the case discolouring the hair?

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2 hours ago, Rue said:

Is the bow kept in a cheap case? Is the lining of the case discolouring the hair?

I don't think that is the "case". 

The color looks too evenly distributed for that to have been a possibility.

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Maybe some alloy in the string windings give an orange colour? I have  Hill&Sons bow here with rather distinctlu pinkish hair on the playing side, it must be either the rosin or the strings...

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On 2018/4/15 at 7:04 AM, beluga said:

I know that black bow hair can be used to better grab thicker strings, but is there any practical use for the red hair or is it just an aesthetic thing?

Also what are the methods for turning the hair red?

Same answer as 'Why do women dye their hair?'

And you find the methods in the shelves of a drugstore.

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I know a violinist who has a bow with different color hair for each day of the week.

Did anyone answer about the "how" part of the OP question? I had a young woman working with me years ago who was experimenting with different dyes for bow hair and finally settled on something but I can't remember what it was and she's long gone.

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5 hours ago, Nick Allen said:

I don't think that is the "case". 

The color looks too evenly distributed for that to have been a possibility.

You saw the hair on the bow Nathan mentioned?

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15 hours ago, nathan slobodkin said:

I just had a bow which I sold with white hair come back for it's first rehairing and the hair is now distinctly pinkish orange  The owner swears she has not done anything to it and the only explanation I can think of is that the original hair was treated or washed in some way that has now reacted with the rosin. I have never seen anything like this before and was going to ask if anyone else has seen this happen. By the way she uses Andrea orchestra rosin which many of my clients also use with no bizarre affects.

I used to have a stand partner who used Andrea Solo rosin, which gave her bow hair a very slight tinge of red the more of it she applied. Nothing like the OP's picture...

She and a couple other friends of mine always got their rehairs from the same bowmaker (Yung Chin) - and hers was the only one with the reddish tinge. The other guys used Bernardel or Baker's rosin ...

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I have seen a few bows with dark hair which I was told was unbleached and a bit cheaper but never cared for the look as I am unaccustomed to it but now green and blue and red hair do catch my fancy I'll try a rainbow too!

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