By popular demand, we've just added this thin-wall tubing for use on bass bows. Same interior diameter (1/2") as our other bow tubing; just 1/16" material thickness. TWO PIECES of 2.5 inches of latex (natural rubber) bow tubing. 1/2" interior diameter. NB with this thinner material, we can't bevel the ends, and you'll see it wouldn't be necessary or advantageous. 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). Tubing is Concert Black color.
New: this product will ship without the extra baggie - just the two pieces of bow rubber in the envelope, per reducing excess packaging and use of plastics.
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: The 'popular demand' for this product has chiefly come from German bow players who find it cushions the contact point of the right hand between thumb and first finger, and aids in balancing, as well as accurate movement and articulation with the bow.
See our BLOG POST on this topic for more info!