My Old Weichold Bow
May 28, 2019 at 1:26 PM #72537
Here’s a picture my repairman just sent me. He’s been re-hairing my bow and putting a new grip on it and cleaning it up and re-balancing it and fixing the frog and pearl slide. He also adjusted the camber which I wouldn’t let just anyone do. He’s good.
I can’t wait to pick it up this afternoon on my way to perform out of town.
Attachments:You must be logged in to view attached files.May 28, 2019 at 1:34 PM #72538
Fred is this a wood bow , I hope your happy with it looks very nice !
If you don’t mind me asking how much does he charge for a rehair ?May 28, 2019 at 1:42 PM #72539
Yes, Steve, it’s a wood bow. It’s pernambuco and it’s a real Weichold and probably worth a whole lot of moolah. I’ve had this bow quite a number of years now. It was given to me by a friend of mine who knew a doctor whose wife had recently (at the time) passed away and the dr. gave my friend his wife’s violin, bows and case. She then gave them to me. I still have the violin and the bows but I don’t remember what happened to the case.
I’ve been using this violin bow lately while I give my Tourte a rest.
As far as how much he charges for just a bow re-hair, I’ll ask him tonight and get back to you later on right on this thread, either tonight or tomorrow.May 28, 2019 at 2:05 PM #72540
Fred there is no rush !May 28, 2019 at 8:24 PM #72548cricketParticipant
Looks nice, Fred! Hope you enjoy playing with that.May 28, 2019 at 9:47 PM #72553
He worked on the camber, re-haired it with fiddlers blend stallion hair, super cleaned the bow, put a silver wrap with leather grip, used the old time-tested way of cutting wedges and using melted rosin to hold the hairs on each end. He just did a super job.
It took a long while to rosin the bow and get it responding but when it did, it came alive. I’m actually incredibly happy with the bow. I played it for two hours non-stop with the band I jam with on Tuesdays and everyone commented on how good the fiddle sounded. I told them it was the bow helping a whole lot.
Steve, I forgot to ask him about the re-hairing price, but I will this coming Thursday when I perform with him and our band called “Hit or Miss”.May 28, 2019 at 10:04 PM #72556
I am not in need right now but in the future when it’s time my Coda bow Diamond NX will someday need to be rehaired so contact information and probably mailing the bow to him would be good to have that information !May 29, 2019 at 9:56 AM #72559
Okay, Steve, I’ll get you all the info for you to have on file.June 1, 2019 at 2:36 PM #72755
I get to pick up my old Tourte bow this coming Tuesday night. I had the same fellow repair this one as I had do my Weichold bow last week. He does an absolutely amazing job. He’s cleaned the Tourte, adjusted the camber, re-haired it, adjusted the frog length and put a new grip on it using silver winding and leather.
I can’t wait. This will mean that both of my favorite bows have been re-done to exacting tolerances by a bow pro. My other bows are all set, but if and when they need repair, I know where to send them.
What a difference a good bow in good shape makes. (I’d forgotten how much I love my Weichold bow until last week).
I’ve got a nice carbon fiber bow that I rarely use. I noticed lately that they are now making the CF bows that have strands facing both directions equally. I’d like to play one of those bows and see what a difference it would make to the sounds of my various fiddles.June 5, 2019 at 1:17 PM #72938
I picked up my Tourte bow from the luthier/archetier last night and gave it a two and a half hour workout. It performed flawlessly (wish I could say the same for my performing…lol).
I had him clean it, change the frog, put a leather grip on it, re-camber it and re-hair it. It comes in at 58.08 grams and the Weichold bow came in at 55.25 grams. I’m deliriously happy with both of them. Yes!June 5, 2019 at 2:15 PM #72940rodgerParticipant
Fred, I sure hope you can handle all that delerium ok. Maybe, could I just visit your luthier/archetier and get myself rehaired and re-cambered?June 5, 2019 at 2:30 PM #72943
Rodger, I’ll give him a “heads up” to be on the lookout for you. I hope I’m there that day. I’d like to see all that work being done!June 6, 2019 at 11:45 AM #72993John (BGD)Keymaster
Fred, that is a pricey bow! So, after the makeovers, do you still prefer the Tourte?June 6, 2019 at 1:01 PM #72995
Hi John: Actually I now prefer the Weichold. It’s around 3 grams lighter which is very hard to tell by just handling the bow, but it seems a bit “bouncier” than the Tourte. Really it’s all so close with both bows, it’s kind of a toss up……….but for the time being I’m favoring the Weichold.June 7, 2019 at 8:20 PM #73048
I found out last night that my Heddon aluminum hollow bow was made by Heddon for the Gibson company around 1945. Not a bit of paint has come off it and it’s as straight as an arrow and very light. The frog is still in great shape. I re-haired it about three years ago and it’s still holding up just fine. I was pleased to know more about this very rare bow.
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