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Peg Complications

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 [...]

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Maintaining Fine Tuners

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 [...]

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Storing Your Cello Bow

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.

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Open Seams

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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Wiping Away Rosin

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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K.C.Strings Summer Music Camps scheduled for July at the Merriam shop.

kcstrings.com / virtual tour / rentals                                       K.C. Strings Community Newsletter K.C. Strings empowers string players. Together we create community. K.C.Strings Summer Music Camps scheduled for July at the [...]

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Rosin 101: A Quick-Guide to Selecting the Perfect Fit for your Instrument.

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 [...]

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Humidify Your Instrument

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 [...]

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