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Why are modern string bows concave instead of convex?

It's a fun experience to play with a convex Baroque bow, but if you've ever tried to use it for anything romantic or later, you'll quickly want to get back to the concave Tourte design that everybody ...
leftaroundabout's user avatar
10 votes

Why are string bows so hairy?

Even if you angle the bow quite strongly, the entire breadth of hair does touch the string as soon as you put some pressure on the bow (the outermost hairs will get stretched and give way, i.e. the ...
leftaroundabout's user avatar
8 votes

Why are modern string bows concave instead of convex?

If you trace the development of the orchestra, you'll see that there has been a shift toward larger groups in larger spaces between the baroque period and now. A natural consequence of this is that ...
Christopher Wolfe's user avatar
8 votes

How does one change bow hair?

First off, I would seriously consider having it done by a professional. Violin bow rehairing can cost about $50 with cello and bass bows costing a bit more. Given that it is quite a skilfull operation,...
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Why are modern string bows concave instead of convex?

Late in the day, but: The concave bow allows a lighter bow to be used for the same level of tension in the hair, because it reduces the torque over the majority of the stick's length (and particularly ...
george storm's user avatar
2 votes

How does one change bow hair?

As posted in this article: Here's what you'll need: Horse hair (like this $7 pack on Amazon) needle-nose pliers scissors super glue gauge (like this one) thin wire wire cutters ...
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