A few questions...

Discussion in 'Bows and Rosin [DB]' started by Georgia Watt, Apr 4, 2002.

  1. Georgia Watt

    Georgia Watt Guest

    Mar 2, 2002
    Can someone please tell me the different measurements in length of the different sized bows - both German and French?

    Also, the difference between white horsehair, black horsehair and nylon? Is one type superior to another?

    Finally, I heard somewhere that you don't need to rosin black horsehair - is this true!?

    Many MANY thanks!
  2. Mike Goodbar

    Mike Goodbar Supporting Member

    Jun 6, 2001
    Charlotte, NC
    I can't comment definitively on the length of bows, but here's a thread that goes into it a little:

    bow length

    As far as hair goes, most will tell you that black hair "grabs" the string better, but white hair will offer a more refined tone. A lot of players ask for a mix of the two.

    Stay away from the synthetic hair if you can.

    And yes, you will need rosin for black hair.

    Hope this helps.
  3. rablack


    Mar 9, 2000
    Houston, Texas
    A mix of black and white hair (for obvious reasons) is called salt & pepper.