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Violin Bow Case

Safely Clean Your Bow

To keep your bow looking as beautiful as your violin, it needs to be cleaned. You can go out and purchase wood polishes to do this, but you don't want to polish it very often... Your violin only needs to be polished once every couple months or so. While the violin and strings need to be cleaned with a rag after every use, your bow only needs to be cleaned after about 3 to 5 uses. The cloth should not be a regular washcloth. It needs to be a good old-fashioned handkerchief. They are thin, and the best thing you can use to get into those hard-to-reach places.

Tighten your bow to the appropriate tension and run the cloth between the violin bow hair and the wood shaft. It is important not to touch the violin bow hairs with the cloth or your fingers. Doing this will cause oil buildup and the bow will be unable to produce much sound in those areas. Grab both ends of the cloth as it wraps around the bow stick and run it up and down the entire length of the bow. Do this until the rosin and dust has been removed. When finished, loosen the bow and proceed to put it back in the violin case.

Store Your Bow

Every violin case comes with a mount for your bow. With the violin bow hairs facing down, carefully place the tip of the bow in the appropriate slot at the left of the case. Again making sure the violin bow hairs are facing down, put the notch in the case in a horizontal position and place the other end of the bow on that notch between the stick and violin bow hairs. Next, twist the rotating notch to the vertical position and that's it! Your bow is now safely secure in your case.

Note: It is important not to store your bow in its case for long periods of time. You need to remove your bow from its case every so often to avoid bow bugs. That's right, I said bugs!

Bow bugs start off as little arthropods that grow and live off the violin bow hair. They will eat the hairs until they either become very brittle, or fall off altogether. If it gets to that point you will need to have the bow hair replaced by a specialist, and disinfect your violin case. You are better off avoiding this altogether.

So do your bow a favor, and allow it to breathe fresh air once a week or so. Bow bugs thrive in dark and unopened spaces. If you do this, your bow will last much longer.

If you play your violin every day, you should have the violin bow hair replaced one a year or so. The small hooks in the hair will wear off after a certain amount of time and will no longer produce a beautiful, clean, full sound. Keep all that in mind in the future and your violin will stay looking and sounding great.

Phil Salazar plays a Berberian Violin, w/case and bow

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