Structural Changes in Cuticles on Violin Bow Hair Caused by Wear

Tomoko YAMAMOTO, Shigeru SUGIYAMA
2010 Bioscience, biotechnology and biochemistry  
A bow with horse tail hair is used to play the violin. New and worn-out bow hairs were observed by atomic force microscopy. The cuticles of the new bow hair were already damaged by bleach and delipidation, however the worn-out bow hairs were much more damaged and broken off by force, which relates to wearing out.
doi:10.1271/bbb.90622 pmid:20139598 fatcat:s3qje6ti3ndyxopyzlckndbvu4