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Violin/Viola Maintenance & Cleaning
life span of a violin family instrument directly correlates to how well
it is taken care of. The daily ritual of cleaning and the proper
storage of an instrument are crucial to its longevity and playability.
Always wipe down an instrumentís strings with a soft, dry cloth after
it is played. There will be rosin from the bow left on the strings and
rosin dust underneath the strings on the body. This will build up and
degrade the integrity and resonance of the strings if not wiped down,
as well as leave a nasty buildup on the body. Also, always loosen the
tension on the bow after use. Not doing this could cause the bow to
warp or break over time.
humidity and dryness are archenemies of violins. A good balance between
the two is important for good violin health. Dry weather might cause
cracking in the wood and finish whereas extreme humidity and heat could
cause the varnish to bubble. It is best to keep the instrument indoors
in an air-conditioned room. If you donít have the luxury of AC, an
interesting trick is to keep a wet paper towel in a punctured plastic
bag in the violin case. This will act as a humidifier and keep the
violin safe. Never leave a violin in a car, as the heat will be
devastating to it. Because it is easy to damage a violin, keep the
instrument in a closed case after it has been played. A violin that's
rarely used also needs its case opened frequently to prevent the
appearance of carpet beetles, which destroy bowhair. Violins are
delicate instruments that can be greatly injured by the slightest
mishap. Following these simple rules can keep a violin around for a
lifetime or longer.
Polishing a Violin.
are much more sensitive than other stringed instruments and as such
they need a bit more care. We recommend polishing a violin not more
than once or twice a year. Polishing the violin will only help it to
look better; it will not enhance the playability or sound. Otherwise,
just keep the violin dry and dust free with a soft cloth. Use violin
polish when ready but be careful NOT to get any polish on the strings
or the bow. Getting polish on either of these will damage the items.
Changing a Fine Tuner Tailpiace
a fine tuner tailpiece is an easy job for our violin family
instruments. First, remove the strings on the violin and simply remove
the existing tailpiece and tailpiece hanger. Line up the end of your
new fine tuner tailpiece to the bottom of the saddle. Thread the ends
of the tailpiece hanger, or tailgut, through the holes at the bottom of
the tailpiece. Fasten the screws and collars to the hanger ends and
adjust evenly. Then fit the tailpiece hanger around the endpin groove.
The lower saddle bears the weight of the tailpiece so adjust the screws
so that the saddle is high enough for the tailpiece to clear the belly
of the instrument. Now the violin is ready to be restrung and enjoyed.
In just a few simple steps you are on your way to playing again.
Applying Rosin to a Bow.
applying rosin to a violin bow, be sure that the rosin cake has some
powder on the surface. If there isnít any powder on the surface, scrape
a coin along the surface to give texture to the cake. Making sure that
the bow hair is taught, rub the rosin gently along the bow hair from
the frog to the top of the bow. Do this 25+ times if the bow is new, 4+
times if it is not. Be careful not to touch the bow hair with your
hands when putting rosin on, as the oils in your hand will damage it.
Put the bow to the strings and play a few open strings. If there is any
slippage with the bow, or if little sound is being produced, it needs
more rosin. A properly rosined bow will bring a very clear, expressive
tone from the violin.
Cleaning & Oiling Valves.
Inserting the Mouthpiece.
Before the trumpet is ready to play the mouthpiece must first be installed. This is a simple step but make sure to GENTLY slide the mouthpiece into the receiver. Then twist it lightly to the right to make sure it is seated correctly. Do not force the mouthpiece in with a palm or fist as it will make the mouthpiece stick and very difficult to remove. You will want to take the mouthpiece out for daily cleaning as well as storing the trumpet in its case.