How Much Does a Violin Bow Cost?
One expense of playing the violin is replacing the bow with which you play. A bow should be replaced about once a year, depending on how often you play. The strings of a violin bow are normally made from the hair of a horse’s tail. However, bows made with synthetic hair are available as well.
How much is it?
- A violin bow can cost as little as $10 or as much as $80. The average price of a violin bow is $30, which can be shown in bows such as the Glasser Fiberglass Bow.
- You can also buy only the hair to repair your violin bow instead of replacing the entire thing. This will cost $5-$10.
- For example, the Full-size 4/4 Pernambuco Nickel/Silver Violin bow retails for $37 to $80. This particular brand is nickel/silver mounted and is fully lined. It’s also made of a pernambuco wood, made with mongolian horse hair.
What is going to be included?
- The essential components of the bow are the stick, the head, and the frog and button. The stick is what the violinist will actually hold on to; the frog is what holds the end of the hair and the button places the correct amount of tension on the hair; and the head is what initially holds the hair in the bow. All of these components should be masterfully combined in order to give the best sound quality.
What are the extra costs?
- If you wish to buy only the hair but do not know how to replace it on your bow, you may need to visit a local music shop or professional to help you. This will probably be an extra charge of $20-$40.
- Rosin will be necessary to ensure that there isn’t a scratchy sound coming from the bow. Rosin will usually cost anywhere from $5 to $20.
Tips to know:
- Each bow is going to have it’s own “sweet spot.” If you have a harder time finding this spot, be sure to talk with a professional to have them help you find it.
- Don’t tighten your bow hair too tight as you want to keep it slightly loose. When you over tighten a bow, it may leave too much tension, causing the tone to slightly be off.
- Be sure to not apply too much rosin to your bow. If too much rosin is applied, the sound can be thrown off. If too little is applied, a scratchy sound can be heard.
- Even with the proper amount of rosin and having the bow strings tightened, the sound can be still be off. The sound can be off due to the grip. If you’re having a hard time getting the right sound, it may be best to meet with a professional violinist.
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How can I save money?
- If you are just learning how to play the violin, buy a cheaper bow until you know for sure if you are going to stick with it.
- Buying just the hair is cheaper than buying an entirely new bow. See online tutorials about replacing bow hair for help, or check services such as YouTube.