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German Bow vs French Bow

If you are a bass player, or have watched many orchestral bassists, you may have noticed that there are two different styles of bows: The French Bow and The German Bow. French Bass Bow The French Bow looks similar to bows used for the violin, viola, and cello. It also has the same overhand [...]

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Basic Bow Care

Bow Care... It is all too easy to lose one's bow because of not taking good care of it. Here are four "MUSTS" for taking care of the bow! Always loosen the bow before you put it in the case. The bow stick must rest from all of the tension that is created when the [...]

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How To Choose Rosin Series - Part 3 - Other Considerations

Rosin Considerations. If you missed Part 1 or 2 in this series see How To Choose Rosin Series - Part 1 - How Rosin Works and How To Choose Rosin Series - Part 2 - Color. Another consideration when choosing rosin is the climate you live in. This can affect the way the [...]

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How To Choose Rosin Series - Part 2 - Color

Color indicates type of rosin. So now that we know how the bow makes sound on the string, and how rosin works (see How To Choose Rosin Series - Part 1 - How Rosin Works). What is the difference between all the different types of rosin on the market, and how do [...]

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How To Choose Rosin Series - Part 1 - How Rosin Works

Diagram of "The Hemholtz Motion" How Rosin Works A lot of people have misconceptions when it comes to how the bow creates sound on a stringed instrument. Many people have the impression that the bow hair has scales on it that grab the string to make it vibrate, which is [...]

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How To Check Your Instrument For Weather Related Damage

Why String Instruments Are Sensitive To Weather It is inevitable. Your wooden instrument has gone through a lot of change this winter. Wood is a hygroscopic material, meaning that it absorbs water from the air. This water is stored in the wood pores and is called free water because it can be [...]

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A Violin Restoration

"Before" and "After" photos of a restoration project that Phil Folk did. The owner wanted it to be restored back in to playing condition. Phil here at K.C. Strings did an awesome job! It was a Stradivarius Replica from the 1925's.

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