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    DanoSurfs29
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    How often do you replace your strings and get your bow rehaired ??

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    Scott Adams
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    As with most thing, it usually depends on your regularity of playing and how much you do play when the time arises. With the bow, I’d usually recommend getting it re-haired at least annually if you’re playing regularly. Of course, sooner if you notice issues with playing, or if you play heavily so that hairs are regularly breaking. As for string, that one completely depends on the type (steel/gut/synthetic) and regularity of playing. I’ve seen strings have a very long life and short depending on the details. What do you have and are you noticing anything unusual happening, or serious trouble with a string tuning up properly?

    #15376 Reply

    DanoSurfs29
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    I have dominants with a steel E string. My bow is pernambuco with Mongolian hair. Its never been over tightened and no hairs have broken yet. I’d say I play about 3-6 hours a week on average. Haven’t noticed any issues yet but curious what other people think. Since I’ve been only playing for 5 months I’m not sure I would notice any early signs.

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    Chris Guleff
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    I tend to rehair the bow and get new strings on an “as-needed” basis. A couple of years ago I decided to try a new carbon fiber bow instead of rehairing one of my current viola bows. I found one online at a good price for the quality of the bow and have been happy with it.

    #15378 Reply

    Scott Adams
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    It sounds like you have a pretty good setup there – especially for only playing 5 months so far. The dominants tend to have a good lifespan, though beware of unraveling up near the nut where your hand oils sit. I used to have this issue with them on my viola A string fairly often. Chris is right-on with the “as-needed” recommendation for strings. They’ll either start showing physical wear, or you’ll notice tone quality issues. By this, I mean that you’ll have a hard time either getting them to stay in tune, or tune up in the first place. I wouldn’t go getting a full set necessarily, either – those tend to cost quite a bit upfront, as I’m sure you’ve noticed. For beginners, you’re likely playing the most on your D and A strings. Those may start showing wear first. As for the bow, I’ll stick with my recommendation of an annual re-hair, unless you’re having problems earlier.

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    DanoSurfs29
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    Yeah when I started I wanted an intermediate instrument that I could grow with so I saved up for quite awhile . I’ll keep an eye on the strings for unraveling and listen for any lose in tone .

    Dan

    #15926 Reply

    Priscilla Gaskins
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    I have not learned yet on when to replace strings- occasionally I take my violin in to the luthier and have him check the violin out

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