What are the steps to follow to unmount the hair from a bow and install a new set ?

What kind of tools and products do you need beside a new set of bow hair ?

How do you measure/adjust the length before mounting ?

  • Heh, you might need to wait for the public beta to open before we get any bona fide string instrument technicians on here... – NReilingh May 2 '11 at 11:40
  • You are right, but I thought it was fun to have a bounty even on private beta. – ogerard May 2 '11 at 11:51
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    This thread is relevant to your interests mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=56881 – Rein Henrichs May 2 '11 at 14:31
  • @ogerard I thought it would be useful to have a specific "archeterie" tag. If you disagree I'll make them synonyms, but maybe make a Meta post first so we can see what others think. – Matthew Read Jun 1 '11 at 2:51
  • @Matthew: I am not against archeterie tag at all. It is just that during public beta it seemed too specialized. Can you create the "bow-making" tag synonym for it? – ogerard Jun 1 '11 at 5:28

Essentially, the hair is held in place at both ends of the bow by wooden wedges. To change the hair, you need to gently remove the old wedges and cut new ones, then push the hair back into place under the new wedge. No glue is used at all. The length of the hair doesn't need to be super accurate because the bow is obviously adjusted with the tightening screw. As long as the hair is fairly loose when the bow is untightened.

However, this is quite a skillful piece of work - I really wouldn't attempt it yourself with a bow of any value.

I can recommend Matthew Coltman: http://www.matthewcoltman.com - who is very experienced and does a postal rehair service.

Hope that helps. Steven

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    thanks for this first approach. There is a lot more to rehairing than that. I have started a bounty on that question to receive very detailled answers, possibly with a few pictures, a list of precautions for each step, discussion of common mistakes, of materials, troubleshooting, etc. and stimulate instrument making and maintenance questions on this site. – ogerard May 4 '11 at 5:14

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