New packaging: in the interest of reducing plastics usage and waste we are now packing our Bow Tubing solely in the paper shipping envelope. When you open the envelope, there will be a little residual cornstarch from the tubing. If you order multiple items, the pair of Bow Tubing pieces will be in a small paper envelope among your other items. If you order multiple pairs of Bow Tubing they will be packaged together unless you request otherwise in the Order Notes.
TWO PIECES of 2.5 inches of latex (natural rubber) bow tubing. 1/2" interior diameter. Uniquely, Quantum Bass Center invests the labor to bevel the ends of the pieces of tubing for a neater, more professional appearance - while still offering this handy product at the lowest price anywhere! Use to cushion your bow and assist in balancing. A great help with bows that are slightly tip-heavy, including German bows (on which bow tubing is not often thought of). A big boost to beginning French bow players, as it dramatically reduces the fatigue felt in the opponens pollicis (large muscle of the thumb), and, since it largely prevents the thumb from slipping under the bow stick, allows for playing with a more relaxed hand. Pre-loaded with corn starch for ease of installation. Trim shorter with scissors, if desired. See photo for example of product installed on a bow (bow not included). Made of latex (NB: latex is not hypo-allergenic) and packed in corn starch (also not hypo-allergenic). Tubing is Concert Black color.
Q: How is this tubing installed on the bow?
A: Completely unscrew and remove the adjusting screw; carefully lift the frog off the stick. Avoid buggering up the fragile edges of the mortise with the eyelet. "Slide" (it usually does not slide too well) the tubing over the end of the stick - usually involving shoving until your eyes pop out. Add more corn starch if necessary. Don't use oil or soap to aid installation, as it degrades the tubing and in a few months, turns it unto a disgusting, sticky mess that must be replaced. Once it's over the stick past the location of the frog, re-assemble the frog and adjuster screw, then pull the tubing back over the tongue of the frog.
Q: Why would I put this on my German bow?
A: It's an aid in balancing.
Q: Do I need a longer length of tubing?
A: Adding an extreme amount of tubing isn't an advantage to good bow technique. If you are tempted to add a very long piece of tubing, please consult a qualified bow technician for assistance in getting your bow to balance properly, or finding a replacement.
See our BLOG POST on this topic for more info!