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How much does it cost to rehair a violin bow?

How much cost it to rehair a violin bow? Is it expensive to clean the instrument?
We are often asked how much it costs to service your instrument or bow. Therefore, we decided to publish a Nordic violin builder's price list to make it easier for you as a customer. Should you be interested in having any of these services performed, you can order them directly by contacting us.
The service costs can be seen as target prices for service work, carried out by a violin master builder (with at least 7 years of violin maker training) who exclusively uses the finest and thus most expensive materials. All prices below include VAT and taxes.
Service:               Instrument:                     Price:
         Rehair                Violin/Viola                     from SEK 800 - 1250 :-
        Rehair               Cello                               from SEK 900 - 1400 :-
     Cleaning           Violin/Viola                      from SEK 500 :-
    Cleaning           Cello                                from SEK 800 :-
      Cleaning           Kontrabas                        from SEK 1400 :-
      Yearly condition control                         from SEK 950 :- 
Who rehair a violin bow?
Too rehair a violin is a artist work craft to get a successful and safe result, high demands are placed on precision, skill and accuracy. All service work at Luxury Violins is performed by a Violin Builder (certified as a Master by the Swedish Crafts Council and a member of the Swedish Violin Builder Association) with at least 7 years of vocational training and over 20 years of professional experience in Sweden and abroad.
From where come the hair?
The violin bows hair is a fresh product that comes from the horse's tail. There are only a few ponytails that are really suitable for becoming a horsehair, but unfortunately there are very deficient materials on the market. Many people think that the lighter the better the horsehair, but this is not necessarily true. Today, it is unfortunately common for simple horsehair to be treated with bleach, which breaks down and thus further degrades its qualities.

Luxury Violins use exclusively the finest horsehair that comes from wild stallions in Mongolia or Siberia. These horsehair are strong, elastic and have a very good ability to hold the resin.

We also offer black horsehair and mixed horsehair (often called salt & pepper) which is popular among double bassists but also cellists who play folk music.
Special requirments
When the bow makers at Luxury Violins retouch bow, they mount the bow straight, with even tension and with equal width. It is the most common and standard way to rehair a bow, but the rehair can also be mounted with small different variations, if desired.

Examples of variations may be;

- A little more horsehair on the iron side
- A so-called edge on the ironing side (the rehair is mounted around the corner at the frost ring)
- A little more tense on the ironing side (or the spectator side if desired)
- Slightly longer or slightly shorter (before a new season)
- No base resin (in a standard rehair the rehair is slightly resin base)
- If you have special requests, this is announced through a written response to the email confirmation. It is important that the answer arrives before the tracks arrive to us. Luxury Violins can not satisfy other wishes after a tackle has started.
Other requirements 
A rehair includes a light cleaning and polishing of the strip's rod and frog. In addition, we lubricate the screw and nut as well as the knob if necessary. If your streak needs a major cleaning, it is available as an option.

Examples of other options that can be performed in connection with a tackle are;

- Major cleaning and polishing of the rod and the frog
- New thumb leather
- New winding (silver thread, silver-spun silk or imitation walrus)
- Repair of the tip of the tip.
- New lace plate.
Contact us at for questions about the above work.
Did you know?
That it is not the tackle itself that creates the friction against the bow, but the fact is that a bow that has never been resinized just slides on the string, without creating sound. The reason why you use horsehair for the strings is its good ability to hold the resin, which together makes the string rock.

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