Violin bow hair is true and false, difference between good and bad
The violin bow is made of nylon silk and low quality horsetail, and then pressed against violin and stretched, sound is quiet and noisy, and high quality horsetail bow is very pleasant. It can be seen that a quality tail plays a vital role in whether a violin can produce a beautiful sound. Why do nylon silk bows and poor quality ponytails sound terrible? The bottom line is that there are no hair scales on nylon silk, and hair scales of lower ponytails are mostly defective. It seems that role of hair scales on tail cannot be ignored.
Under microscope, you can see that horsetail is hollow, and hair scales are unevenly attached to horsetail. There are several varieties of ponytail, including regular, selected, and specially selected.
Regular ponytails have a diameter of 14 to 20 strands. Specially selected ponytails are also called male ponytails. Its diameter is over 17 strands, which is thicker than regular ponytails. And pulling force is large, and hand feeling is good.
Uniform thickness, no abnormal bands
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Specially selected ponytail, also known as men's horsetail bow
The biggest advantage of specially selected horsetail is that hair scales are sharper and can hold strings, making violin louder, sound clearer and sweeter, and lifespan exceeds that of violin. selected horsetail. Praise from many violinists.
How to distinguish pros and cons from violin bow hair
Some unscrupulous horsetail processors use substandard methods. “The true color of low quality ponytails is usually black and grey. Some merchants use chemicals to bleach and dye them white and sell them as high quality ponytails. People who don't know how to identify them are easily fooled. deceived.
However, in process of washing and dyeing defective ponytails, potion not only does not completely bite into hair scales on surface of tail, but also internal quality of tail itself is severely damaged. However, a high-quality ponytail that has only undergone a simple cleaning process has sharp and full hair scales, and elasticity and strength of ponytail itself has not been damaged. When used on a violin bow, its sonic characteristics are simply incomparable to that of low-quality ponytails.
How to tell difference between real and false violin bow hair
The first way is to distinguish by smell: just pull hair off bow and set it on fire with a lighter. The smell of a burning tail is same as that of a human hair. Immediately turns into powder; smell of wool, yarn is plastic after burning, and tip of root after burning turns into a hard, small black mass.
The second way is to pluck your hair with a bow, apply a little black hair dye to it and wash it off after 30 minutes. If tail is black,cheat, it's a real tail, otherwise it's not.
How to distinguish a white ponytail? Firstly, real ponytail can be placed in hot salt water without discoloration. It is unbleached base color ponytail. A bleached ponytail looks like vermicelli after hot water, which is also a way to distinguish a bleached ponytail from an original color ponytail.
Types of hair "violin bow" in tail
Tail Origin: northeast, Inner Mongolia, Xinjiang. In recent years, demand at home and abroad has increased, which can no longer meet needs of market. A lot of products are imported from Outer Mongolia, Russia and other countries.
White tail: After manual selection, a little whitening will not damage inner and outer structure of tail, and appearance will become bright and clean.
Natural ponytail. Also called a natural color tail, it has not been chemically treated. The tension, flexibility and scales of hair in tail are intact, but appearance has a yellowish cast. especially tail. Difficult to accept in appearance.
In terms of horsetail quality, white horsetail and natural color horsetail are top quality horsetails, with beautiful and uniform appearance, strong traction and plump hair scales that should not break during use, and are hand-crafted with meticulous craftsmanship. The diameter of each tail is 14 to 20 meters of silk, and there are no abnormal, flat, dead white streaks and other bad tails.
At present, according to needs of different levels of people in market, manufacturers have developed more detailed processing methods. Microscopic observation: The appearance of male ponytail is triangular in shape, scales of hair are sharp, and diameter of ponytail is more than 17 meters. It is these ponytails that manufacturers choose. (In terms of actual production and processing, it cannot be guaranteed that this is a male ponytail) But it is best of best. The price is also cheap and it is used in high quality violin bows.