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.
- Skill level:
Things you need
- Head rest
- Hank of hair
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.
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.
Use the button to pry out the plunger and remove the old hank of hair. Insert the new hank of hair.
Ensure that the plunger is level and the top faces the bow head. Gently pull the hank in an upward direction.
Comb the hair toward the frog. Ensure none of the hairs are twisted and that the flat part of the weld is horizontal.
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.
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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