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Stain on bow hair.... need advise (please)
« on: Nov 09, 2015, 10:03:39 PM »
I somehow recently acquired a stain on the hair of my Alessandro Carlesso pernambucca bow. It's dark, about 1 1/4" long and 1/8th to 3/16ths deep, on the egde. Is there any relatively easy way of removing this? I think it's about due for a re-hair, but....

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Re: Stain on bow hair.... need advise (please)
« Reply #1 on: Nov 09, 2015, 11:23:38 PM »
Unscrew the frog end and wash with shampoo.

Is that doesn't work, use rubbing alcohol paying particular care not to get any on the bow itself or the finish is screwed.

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Re: Stain on bow hair.... need advise (please)
« Reply #2 on: Nov 10, 2015, 12:02:28 AM »
I've never had to clean mine but curious none the less and found a pretty good discussion at http://www.violinist.com/discussion/response.cfm?ID=7326. There's seems to be lots of different opinions including the one's Joe recommended. If you try alcohol I think you're supposed to use denatured instead of rubbing alcohol. Something about oil in the rubbing variety but I can't verify that. If your really close to a rehair I think I would just ride it out. But all my bows are cheap throw aways that would cost more to have them rehaired than to buy another bow.

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Re: Stain on bow hair.... need advise (please)
« Reply #3 on: Nov 10, 2015, 03:28:41 AM »
>> If your really close to a rehair I think I would just ride it out.<<

Yep, that's what I'll do. Unscrewing the Frog is waaaaay too scary for me. It doesn't seem to be slipping on the stain, or maybe there is enough good hair around the stain. When I bought it a couple of years ago, it didn't have new hair, and I've no idea how much that hair was used. I lost the fiddle with the bow in the case and got it back 6 months later.... well that saved 6 months of wear on the bow. but yeah, I'll just get it re-haired sooner or later. I was glad to get that bow back. I have 3 other CF bows that are ok, but I like this Carlesso best for both my fiddles. It's not very top heavy which I like, and it's mellower and sweeter than the CF's.


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Re: Stain on bow hair.... need advise (please)
« Reply #4 on: Nov 10, 2015, 03:50:55 AM »
Unscrewing the frog is incredibly simple.  Just unscrew the tensioner screw until it comes out.  Pull the frog off(straight out away from the stick).   Installation is exactly the reverse.  You literally cannot hurt anything by doing this.  that is, unless you use a crowbar in the process.

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Re: Stain on bow hair.... need advise (please)
« Reply #5 on: Nov 10, 2015, 03:53:06 AM »
FWIW, hair doesn't wear out, per se.  Rosin buildup and foreign substances interfere with the grabbing of the rosin, but the hair should still be intact.  Washing your hair is cheaper than getting all new hair.......

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Re: Stain on bow hair.... need advise (please)
« Reply #6 on: Nov 10, 2015, 09:25:09 AM »
I've taken  frogs out before. (not on an actual dates, well, maybe just one or two) as for shampooing, I'll just keep to doing my own hair. I'd rather shell out the 60 Canabucks.
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Re: Stain on bow hair.... need advise (please)
« Reply #7 on: Nov 10, 2015, 10:34:07 AM »
Just out of interest, I too had a mysterious dark stain such as you describe. I realised after a while that it was being caused by the neoprene/rubber pad from my shoulder rest, which is an awkward fit in my case. I now wrap my rest in a kerchief before putting it away.

 




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