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Tip Of The Month

This month's tip is on Violin Bows.

* Never touch the bow hair with your fingers. The oils from your skin will cause the rosin not to adhere to the hair. Always hold a bow by the frog not the tip or hair. * A new bow will need plenty of rosin on it. If you are using a new cake of rosin, then you must lightly scratch the surface to get it started. (Don't dig into the rosin. You don't want uneven gouges in it.) Now with the hair of the bow tightened, rub the bow hair evenly across the rosin many times. Our luthier has told us that you will know your bow has enough rosin when you can lightly tap the "stick" part of the bow on your extended finger and see "dust" fly. * Always loosen the bow hair when you are done playing. This prevents the bow from warping, and unnecessary stretching of the hair. You should also wipe the rosin dust from the stick and violin with a soft cotton cloth. * Never try to repair a bow yourself. Take it to a repairman or luthier. When the hair does not tighten evenly, it's time to get it rehaired. If you have a student bow, (they usually come with student violins) it may be more cost effective to just buy another student bow. Check first to see if this is the way to go for you unless you have a more expensive higher quality bow. **** We have a new bow in stock that can be re-haired easily by the you the user, it also comes in colors
See them here http://www.knilling.com/accessories.htm

Last Months Tip

"Traveling Tips For Guitar"
1. Loosen the strings. (very important) Especially when flying or traveling at different altitudes. The tension will change and you don't want to warp or snap your neck, pull your bridge off or break strings. Also, bouncing in the trunk of a car can cause the strings to snap. 2. Pack Well Whenever possible, use a hard shell case, or pack well in a shipping box with plenty of packing material. Remember, no one loves your guitar like you do. Baggage and packages usually get tossed around. Don't forget to loosen the strings. 3. Don't leave a guitar in a hot car or in the sun. It will warp and/or crack. A good rule of thumb is, don't leave your guitar in the heat or sun longer than you would a dog. If you can't leave your dog into the car, don't leave your guitar there either. 4. Allow 1 hour for your guitar to "readjust" to the current temperature before taking it out of the case/bag. When your guitar has been outside and then brought into an air-conditioned or heated house, you need to allow time for it to slowly adjust to the room temperature. Otherwise, the sudden temperature change can cause the finish to crack or some other problems. Also, variations in temperature do affect the pitch of strings.

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