1.) Have a dry or slightly damp cotton cloth. Over time, rosin will build up on the strings and the body of the instrument. Old T-Shirts, Socks, and Wash Cloths are sufficient. This should be routinely done to the instrument and bow. 2.) If this does not do the trick on the body [...]
If you’ve begun to notice a buzzing sound while bowing or plucking one or more of your strings, your instrument might be in need of a sound post adjustment. Situated inside the instrument, the sound post makes contact with both the front and backplates, transferring vibrations between them and facilitating resonance. Because the sound post [...]
If you ever notice that your fingerboard is becoming detached from the neck of your instrument, don’t panic! An experienced luthier can fix this easily by scraping away old glue and using new hide glue to secure the fingerboard.
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 [...]
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 [...]
When taking your instrument out of its case, always remove the bow first to avoid damaging it. When packing up your instrument, put the bow in the case first, then the cello.
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. [...]