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Dianne Adkins
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Hi Esther! White bow hair is used by all string players (violin, viola, cello and bass), however black bow hair is sometimes used by bassists. Black hair and ‘salt and pepper’ combinations of bow hair are more coarse and are said to better grab thicker strings used by lower strings. Some people will tell you there is not much difference between white and black hair, but professional bassists will tell you there definitely is.