How to Rehair a Cello Bow

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How to Rehair a Cello Bow
Cello bows require rehairing every five years, when used frequently. (Medioimages/Photodisc/Photodisc/Getty Images)

If you have a high-quality cello bow with perfect plugs, you might want to consider rehairing it instead of buying a new one. Bows tapered with wooden plugs and no glue need rehairing every five years, on average. Some new, Chinese-made bows use epoxy to stick hairs into the plugs. These bows require rehairing much sooner -- after about one year with regular use. Signs the cello bow needs rehairing are wearing of the hair, constant need of rosin and loss of individual hair strands.

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Things you need

  • Head rest
  • Hank of hair
  • Comb

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  1. 1

    Lay the head rest on a flat surface and position the bow head in it. Loosen the bow screw and pull it out of the bow.

  2. 2

    Place the tip of the bow screw back in the ferrule. Use it to pull out the slide. Push the ferrule away from the frog.

  3. 3

    Use the button to pry out the plunger and remove the old hank of hair. Insert the new hank of hair.

  4. 4

    Ensure that the plunger is level and the top faces the bow head. Gently pull the hank in an upward direction.

  5. 5

    Comb the hair toward the frog. Ensure none of the hairs are twisted and that the flat part of the weld is horizontal.

  6. 6

    Position the ferrule lightly on top of the hank and slot it into the pocket of the frog. Take care that the hank doesn't curve.

  7. 7

    Move the slide back to closed and push the ferrule to the frog. Attach the frog back to the main body of the bow.

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