(this topic extracted from the "New Finale Bow" thread). My first teacher ( back in the early 70's), used to advise me to request "NO POWDERED ROSIN" when getting a rehair. I was told that rehaired violin bows received a dusting of "powdered rosin"(?), but that he felt it was not appropriate for a Bass Bow. I wonder if applying "powder" is a widespread practice? Or, is it an optional step in a rehair or newhair? I've always assumed that NO rosin was applied and I've usually been reassured that NO rosin, of any kind, would be applied as part of the rehair/new hair process, when inquiring as to the procedure. Thanks.