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    ANJ
    Participant

    How often should we clean our bows?

    #3684 Reply

    Michael Sanchez
    Keymaster

    You should never clean the bow unless you are talking about just wiping rosin off the stick. The hair should remain rosined and the only way you should take rosin off would be by taking your finger and flicking the back of the hairs. Other than that, you should keep the top of the bow hairs untouched, and consider getting a bow re-hair if the hair is dirty. Try to always grab the bow by the stick only, and avoid touching the hair as much as possible.

    #3735 Reply

    David
    Participant

    I have a cheap bow, I saw on YouTube that you can put rubbing alcohol in a bowl and then take the hair off the stick, only from the frog, dip the hair in the bowl of rubbing alcohol, being careful not to get any on the tip. bathe it carefully in the bowl for a few minutes, then let it dry for about 10min. You’ll notice that the hair is perfectly clean. It will not make any sound on the violin because the rosin is completely removed. Apply rosin and play. You have a clean bow. Any feedback on this Michael? I have not tired this on my expensive bow.

    #3739 Reply

    Michael Sanchez
    Keymaster

    Hey David, this is very interesting. I honestly haven’t heard of this before but I don’t see why it wouldn’t be true. You should post the link as it would be interesting to see it in action. Honestly I wouldn’t want to mess with it, but then again I never get my bow hair dirty. If you always manage the bow with just touching the stick, you really never have to worry about getting the bow hair dirty. I’ve had a lot of students over the years not follow this advice and I’ve recommended they get a re-hair if the hair has surpassed a certain dirtiness. Looks like there is another solution I didn’t know about!

    #3742 Reply

    David
    Participant

    I had a cheap bow that wasn’t dirty but I wanted to try it anyway. It worked really good. The bow hair looked brand new.

    Type this in YouTube search window and there will be a few video post on it.
    How to clean your Violin (Fiddle) Bow Hair of Rosin by dipping in Alcohol in 5 minutes

    #3743 Reply

    Michael Sanchez
    Keymaster

    Awesome! I think I’m going to try this with a few of my bows that are somewhat dirty (from student trade-ins).

    #3744 Reply

    Meg
    Participant

    I found another video on YouTube for cleaning the hairs https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3w3O-XxSc9Y You use denatured alcohol with a cloth so you don’t have to take the bow apart to do it. You can actually take it apart afterward and comb the hairs to separate them.

    #3763 Reply

    ANJ
    Participant

    Thanks David and Meg

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