The first International Darling Contemporary Bow Making Competition
& Cuvée Darling 2016 Amsterdam Exhibition of Contemporary Bows and Instruments
A string instrument will only benefit from a correct set-up. This set-up involves all parts of an instrument that can be adjusted to the personal needs of the musician, such as the peg box, strings, bridge, fingerboard, neck, string holder, end button (for violoncello and bass), bass bar and bow (re-hairing and correction of the balance point).
The studio offers an extra service for the reparation, restoration and re-hairing of bows. Naturally we always use fresh, unbleached horses’ hair.
The hair length depends on the season: in winter time longer hair that can shrink a bit, during summer shorter hair that can expand a little. A good re-hairing doesn’t use too much hair. This would increase the risk of breaking the frog. It also reduces the sound quality. More hair means less sound quality. The musician will need more rosin to compensate this, which only aggravates the situation.
Advice and consultation are free.
- a lot of broken hairs on the play side
- need for extra (too much) rosin to get the necessary grip, this also shows on the instrument
- the length of the hair is not adjusted to the season: too short is dangerous for the tip and the curve, too long is dangerous for the end and the frog
- re-hairing should happen every six months (for professionals when needed). This corresponds with the changing of the seasons (during winter time the temperature and the humidity will drop, and will pick up again around April)
- something soiled the hair (oil, cleaning products, etc.)
- bugs in your case can eat the hair: immediate inspection of your case is needed. Lavender oil or a cube of cedar wood can work miracles. Especially old cases that are upholstered with felt are often a breeding ground for these bugs. This shows through the hard skins of these bugs in the case and when the hair is broken in a straight way (bitten). With normal wear the hair will break in different places.