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. [...]
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.
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There are a few important points to consider when rosin shopping: Light vs. Dark Light rosin is hard and less sticky. Dark rosin is soft and stickier. Light rosin works best in warm, humid weather. Dark rosin works best in colder, drier weather. Violin and viola tend to use light rosin while cello tends to use dark rosin, but [...]
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 [...]
One of the most important aspects of an instrument’s setup is proper placement of the bridge. Because it is held in place entirely by string tension, the bridge is prone to move from time to time. You might occasionally notice that the bridge seems to be leaning toward the top of the instrument [...]
Purchasing a hard shell case is one of the wisest investments a cellist can make to protect his or her valuable instrument. Padded on the inside and rigid on the outside, a hard case greatly diminishes accidental damages to the neck and body of your cello and makes it possible to travel with confidence. Most [...]
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.
Many beginning players are tempted to set their instrument on its backplate during a practice or rehearsal break. This action places undue stress on the center of the curved backplate and is never recommended. If you must momentarily rest your instrument and a case or stand is not readily available, it is better to place [...]