Now you can’t get a bow rehaired

Now you can’t get a bow rehaired


norman lebrecht

March 19, 2020

J & A Beare, the leading stringed instrument specialists, have shut down for the duration:


With all our thoughts on the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, we have been taking the utmost care to avoid the spread of the virus and ensure the welfare of our staff, clients and suppliers. We do not have any cases of COVID-19 among our staff, nor do we know of any of our clients or suppliers who have been affected.

Nevertheless, the situation in the United Kingdom is deteriorating and the government has recently upgraded its measures to minimise social contact and gatherings, advising people to work from home where possible.

In light of this, we have decided that from 17:00 (GMT) Friday 20th March, we will temporarily close our premises until further notice. 

You can still contact us during our regular operating hours of 9am – 5pm, Monday to Friday and if you have any queries about new or on-going appraisals, consignments, sales, certifications or restoration work, we will arrange for a relevant member of our team to call you. However, for the time being, we will regretfully suspend any re-hair work on bows.




  • Rob says:

    Obviously everybody’s a little highly strung at the moment.

  • Giovanni says:

    Someone please tell them that Charles hasn’t worked for J&A Beare now for years.

  • David K. Nelson says:

    You have to greatly trust the person or firm who does your re-hair job.

    And for years the best (white) hair has come from Mongolia.

    The only silver lining is that the artists who rely on Beare aren’t likely to be playing loudly for a while.

  • engineers_unite says:

    Q.why would anyone take a bow to Beare’s to rehair?
    There’s much better less expensive specialists who might even do a much better job.

    What is this all about? Can’t get a bow rehaired?
    That’s utter total BS even with curfew.