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Violin Bow Rehair and Repair Spiral-bound – Jun 1975


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Product Details

  • Spiral-bound: 93 pages
  • Publisher: Violin Video Assn (June 1975)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0960704817
  • ISBN-13: 978-0960704811
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 22.9 x 28.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 386 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,639,434 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
There may be some good info here but be advised... Sept. 2 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Spiral-bound
I used this manual to do my first bow rehair. I read and reread that section until I was familiar with it. Everything went fairly well until the time came to make the final cut of the hair. Cutting length according to the instructions caused the hair to be too short. This caused the bow to always be under tension. Fortunatly I used a throw-away bow to learn on, so I went ahead left the hair on it. My advice is to leave about 1/2 inch more hair than the author suggests. Worst case, you'll have to recut and retie but you won't have to buy another hank of hair.
Also he didn't spend enough time explaining how to get the hair lined up and even. This seems to require a certain amount of practice.
As I recall he also doesn't explain anything measuring the hair. I couldn't understand how I could cram all that hair into such a small place. I didn't find out until later that there are tools for measuring hair
The author seems to have several decades of experience working on violins, but little, if any, formal training. So his knowledge may not be as well rounded as someone who has graduated from a luthier school. I got the impression that this is the way he always did it and his dad did it, so there was no need to research how others might do it. Still, I have no other book on subject to compare it against.
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Violin Bow Rehair and Repair. March 14 2000
By David Brown - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Spiral-bound
Before I got this book I was totally perplexed on two important issues - how to get the hair into a nice flat ribbon and how to get all the hairs to tension up evenly. I am now able to accomplish these tasks although I must admit I did need to read and re-read the relevant sections a number of times. I also found myself peering very intently at the photographs in an attempt to pick out fine details. (Colour photos, I feel, would be much better although this would undoubtedly add to publishing costs.) I would recommend this book as a worthwhile resource for repairers. It has already paid for itself in work that I have been able to take on since reading the book.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Hard to find book at a reasonable price, but worth it when you do April 21 2011
By P. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
There are full size foldout drawings that show how to construct a rehairing jig. There are photos and hand drawing showing how to rehair a bow. As far as can tell the book is complete, but I haven't actually tried to rehair a bow yet. I would suggest finding an original hardbound copy as sometimes some of the newer reprints are not that good.
Harry S. Wakes book "Violin Bow Rehair and Repair" is very excellent. Nov. 3 2014
By David Franklin Lee - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Spiral-bound Verified Purchase
All of Harry Wake's books and plans are really excellent. This book is quite complete. As the title indicates, it covers rehairing and bow repair. It does not claim to deal with making a bow from wood block, forward. But, it does cover its subject excellently. Harry was an accomplished cello player, so he doesn't just approach his subject as a craftsman. Also, he is very practical and wise in suggestions on how to repair and (in other works) how to make the violin. I have every book he has written except the plans for a cello, and I've studied them now for some 20 years along with other works on violin and viola making. However, in addition to these remarks, one more comment might be appropriate. His books are not "high-tech." He does provide adequate pictures to accompany his discussion; however, his wife typed his books at the kitchen table with an older typewriter, a selectric I believe. There are "type-o"s in his books. I guess Harry didn't worry too much about them! His purpose in writing each of his books was to guide makers and repairers. He really excelled in excellent making/repairing practices, but not in publishing. Nonetheless, his violins consistently won in competitions, and he was indeed an excellent maker/repairer. He wrote for makers in the 1970's when books on string instrument making were hard to find. Since excellent books on bow repair and rehairing are still rather hard to find, this book should still be of great worth. And, despite the fact that excellent books on violin/viola making such as "The Art of Violin Making" by Chris Johnson and Roy Courtnall (along with the Internet) are more available now than in the 1960's and 1970's, Harry's work on instrument making and bow rehair/repair are still very, very good. I recommend this book highly. David F. Lee


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