Just as in many other areas of life, it is often assumed that peg problems are there to stay and to be endured with a stiff upper lip!With the expensive price of a new set of strings and the difficulty of handling the pegs properly, there are fears of failure when it comes to using [...]
Open Seams. An open seam occurs when there is a separation between one of the ribs and either the front or back plate of an instrument. This can be caused by a sudden change in humidity. While open seams are extremely common and relatively simple to resolve, you should entrust the repair to an experienced luthier. [...]
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Fine tuners should occasionally be removed for cleaning and lubrication. It’s a simple process: first, completely remove a tuner and wipe the screw with a dry paper towel. This will remove any dirt from the screw. Then, put a drop of machine oil in the towel and use this to wipe the screw, lubricating the [...]
Over time, rosin will build up on the strings and the body of the instrument. It is safe to wipe it away with a slightly damp soft cotton cloth. If this does not do the trick on the body of the instrument, you may try using a small amount of commercial violin polish.
When the winter months arrive, it’s important to make sure your instrument is safe from the damages that may be caused by cold, dry weather. Wood loses its moisture when exposed to dry air, causing it to contract and possibly crack. Avoid costly and elaborate repairs by purchasing an inexpensive in-instrument humidifier, such as a [...]
When it comes to selecting a shoulder rest for your violin or viola, there is no single make or model that is universally most comfortable. Popular brands include Kun, Everest, Bonmusica, and Wolf. Thanks to the internet, the modern consumer is able to access countless online reviews which attest to the comfort level of each [...]
Losing Your Bow Hair? Your bow will naturally lose hair over time – when strands become detached from one end of the bow, remove them by gently pulling the strands up and away from the bow.
If you notice visible gaps in your bow hair and/or discoloration near the frog, it’s time for a rehair. Needing a rehair is to be expected and the natural outcome of playing your instrument. Many professional string players rehair the bow every six months, but amateur and beginning players may only require a rehair every [...]
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