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Buy new bow, or rehair "old" Gollihur Brazilwood bow?

Discussion in 'Bows and Rosin [DB]' started by eyvindwa, Jan 13, 2018.


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  1. eyvindwa

    eyvindwa Supporting Member

    Aug 1, 2007
    Oslo, Norway
    Hi,

    I have had this bow that i bought from Gollihur since 2009. It has served me well, but I am far from a pro player, I just dabble on my EUB from time to time in my band.

    Brazilwood Double Bass Bow at Gollihur Music - Double Bass, Upright Bass, String Bass Specialists

    It seems now it is time to change the hairs on it, since they've become noticeably stiffer, and break often.

    I asked my local bass shop here in Norway what it would cost to get new hairs on a bow (in general, did not bring my bow), and the price was about the same as buying the same bow once over from Gollihur (excluding taxes and shipping, but still).

    What I'm wondering is: would I be better off just buying a new bow, or is it likely that the new hair will be significantly better, thus making rehairing a better deal? I guess I should also say that I have not been particularly careful with the bow, and I must admit that it has been dropped a few times, and bumped into mike stands and whatnot.
     
  2. Drgonzonm

    Drgonzonm

    Sep 4, 2017
    American SW
    Buy new bow rehair old bow. From your description, you are close to breaking your bow, so you might need a spare:smug:
     
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  3. Phil Rowan

    Phil Rowan Supporting Member

    Mar 2, 2005
    Brooklyn, NY
    Do you like the way the bow plays, feels, and sounds? If so, I’d say get it rehaired and go from there. If your bow has some nicks and dings it’s ok (if it has cracks or other structural damage, that’s another story). Rehairing a bow, assuming it’s done well and with good hair, breathes plenty of life into a bow. You might then want to spend money on a decent bow case and start caring for it a bit better.
     
    Last edited: Jan 13, 2018
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  4. Lee Moses

    Lee Moses

    Apr 2, 2013
    Tennessee
    Be sure to shop around to see if someone else can rehair your bow more cheaply. That is an awfully expensive rehair you are talking about, at least from my experience. You might consider shipping your bow off to someone who can do a good rehair at a more affordable price.
     
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  5. Neil Pye

    Neil Pye

    Apr 13, 2016
    Horsham, UK
    In the UK, a good rehair is in the region of £60-£70, depending on where you are and how friendly you are with your bow man/woman. I'd say rehair it.
     

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