It is obvious that violins are the most sensitive and fragile musical instruments that exist. It is like an infant that needs to be attended to every now and then with the utmost care. One of the most dreadful things that a violinist may encounter is a damaged violin bow. How do you know when to fix it? Why should you get it repaired? How much will it cost? Here are some common problems you’ll encounter and the number of maintenance check-ups you need to do for your violin bow.
Though handling and owning a violin bow may seem like a great responsibility for its vulnerable spot to damage, some violin bows can live and survive up to old age when handled the right way. But, a few repairs and maintenance schedules cannot slip. The common problems of a violin bow are rehairing, wear off, fittings, broken parts, and cracks.
Rehairing is essential when the bow hairs become sparse, oily, or silky. This part is more of maintenance rather than repair. The common instances that happen to bow hairs are breaking apart on one side. This can be fixed through straightening the stick to prevent from warping.
Another thing is when the bow hair shrinks due to climate conditions. If this happens, it is better to rehair the entire bow rather than save strands of the hair. The same goes for cracks.
Some parts of the bow like the thumb leather and grip can wear off over time. The thumb leather’s purpose is to protect the bow from the fingers and thumbnails. But as time passes by, the leather or the material wears off leaving an awful look to your violin bow. Immediately repair this part or replace it with a new one.
A brand new violin may require heavy fittings depending on your preference. If you are new to this field, better have someone do it for you. In this way, you are assured that your violin is in the good hands of a professional.
A violin bow’s frog is as fragile as the whole set. The issue of broken parts is that the fittings are wrong and may have damaged some of the parts. In worst-case scenarios, some parts may fall off. Before arriving at this situation, bring your violin to the nearest professional and have the broken part replaced or repaired.
Simple instances of cracks and broken parts are worth fixing. It may break your bank but repairs cost less than getting a whole new violin bow again. For assurance that your violin is in its best condition, have a scheduled check-up every once in a while and not when a problem arises. In this way, you can prevent an occurrence from happening before it turns worse as prevention is always better than cure.