|Bow Maintenance FAQ
Below you will find answers for many of the questions we get concerning instruments, music studies, caring for your instruments, as well as inquiries regarding store policies, teaching, renting, contacts in the string world, and opinions, philosophies and odd knowledge on a plethora of things musical.
Washing Bow Hair
A friend told me I should wash my bow hair, is this true? This is not a good idea. The horse-hair follicles naturally vary in diameter and density. The
different hair strands would dry to different lengths and would not play properly after being
exposed to water, let alone soap.
How frequently should I put rosin on my bow?
Most people don't need to rosin their bows more than once every playing session (up to 2 hours).
Some people don't rosin more than once a week, even though they play every day. If you NEED
to rosin your bow a lot it's probably time for fresh horsehair.
How often should I change my strings and bow hair?
The standard is 120 playing hours or every six months for bow hair and violin and viola strings.
Cello strings last about twice as long. Be sure to get your soundpost adjustment checked at the
My bow was rehaired earlier this year. Now it won't tighten. What's wrong?
Most likely, your bowhair has become stretched out during the warm, humid summer months.
Loosen the screw and push the frog all the way toward the grip. If the hair hangs below the stick when you hold it level with the hair facing up, it needs replacing.