Agnès also offers maintenance services to all types of violin, viola, cello and double-bass bows.
The aim is to...
Maintain the bow in a good state of play and conservation
Restore pieces that are:
● worn out
It is necessary to replace the hair of your bow regularly in order to maintain a high level of precision. Agnès Saumagne uses premium quality horsehair, with no chemical treatment. Just like any other natural material, it is preferable to observe a slow drying process in order to ensure a perfect application and a balanced tension.
As humidity levels vary greatly throughout the year and depending on whether you work in an air-conditioned room or outside, the length of the hair needs to be adjusted to every particular condition. Make sure to let Agnès know!
If you experience issues with hyper-vibration, excessive limpness or heaviness, adjustments may involve:
Agnès always begins by measuring the characteristics of your bow and, according to its unique qualities, she suggests an array of solutions. The aim is not to fundamentally alter the qualities and shortcomings of the bow, but to enable specific ways of playing with it.
Readjusting the curve of the bow requires much savoir-faire. It takes place under a source of heat, in the workshop first and with the musician afterwards.