Cello bows could last for decades if taken care of properly. However, it is still inevitable for breaks and damages even if you attend its needs most of the time. Now, when will you know if you need a new bow? Here are some of the reasons why you need to replace your old bow:
The material is brittle
Most cello bows are made out of Brazilwood, Pernambuco, and Carbon fiber. Brazilwood is the common type of cello bows that are generic. It came from Brazil and is used by beginners to intermediate cellists. On the other hand, Pernambuco lies in the expensive range because of its fine quality. Last is the carbon fiber, the most popular bow material for the last 20 years due to its affordable value and durability.
But let’s be real, no matter the cost or the quality, it is prone to damage. If not properly handled well, the wood or material of these bows can become brittle leading to an unpleasant sound and tone. If you think that your cello bow does not produce the sound that it ought to be, you may consider getting a new one or if it can be repaired, schedule a maintenance check right away.
The playability is low
Cello bows vary in sound depending on the material, the weight, the rosin, and more. Some may be subtle and rich, and some may be loud and clear. But the common denominator among all cello bows is they need to have a smooth and full sound. Observe the playability of your bow. Improper handling may negatively affect the bow and cause it to deteriorate in quality, even if it is a brand new model or the latest material.
It requires more effort than the usual
The effort required to generate a preferred sound depends on the weight and balance of a cello bow. However, if you are already used on the playability, you would notice if there is something different or off with your cello bow. Most likely, if it needs extra effort in order to produce the right sound.
If you have reached this stage, replace your cello bow right away or visit the nearest music center to have your bow checked. Too much effort can lead to wrist problems especially if you have a large frame of the cello.
It is past the longevity
Cellos can be able to withstand pressures if handled the right way. But, if it is stocked too long or not played for a long time, then consider the longevity date. The same goes for the cello bow. Since cellos and its bow are as sensitive as babies, they can also age as well. The longer it stays in the stock room, the unplayed and untaken care of, the higher risk of damage it can get.
Overall, cello bows are material things, they are always liable for destruction. But in order to last a long period of time, treat it fragile and delicate.