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The Bow

The stick of the bow is usually made of a hardwood, such as pernambuco, or brazilwood. Modern bows are also made from carbon fiber. Cheaper bows are often made of fiberglass.


The screw is found at one end of the bow and is used for tightening and loosening the hair.The hair is real horsehair taken from the tail. White hair is most commonly used. Black hair is sometimes used but is more coarse. Some players perfer a "salt and pepper" hair, which is somewhere between white and black in coarseness.

The other end of the bow is called the tip, or point. The tip is the lightest and most fragile part of the bow.


The bow is held at the frog, the heaviest part of the bow.

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