Violin Care and Maintenance

Common Violin Damages
You should not worry too much if your violin suffers from one of these common violin damages:

  • An unglued fingerboard
  • Snapping/collpase of the bridge
  • The snapping of the bow

How to care for your violin

  • Avoid extreme climate temperatures – Do not store a violin in or near areas that are subjec to extreme changes in temperature, such as a basement or attic. When violins are continually exposed to extreme temperature changes, they eventually break and fall apart over time.
  • Proper storage – When not playing the violin, store it in its case at all times to ensure protection.
  • Too much rosin – In light of my last post on violin rosin, avoid putting too much rosin onto the violin bow. If too much is applied, the rosin will drip onto the violin and cause straining.
  • Quality strings – Cheap strings, like the ones that usually come with a beginner’s violin, will bring tension on the violin and cause cracks and warping on the instrument.

If you ever feel that there is something wrong with your violin, even minorly wrong, it is important to get it checked out by a luthier, an experienced professional in repairing stringed instruments. Most little damages will eventually become bigger problems in the future.

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One Comment on “Violin Care and Maintenance”

  1. BJ says:

    Great article, thanks!

    The hygrometers that come with your violin case are very inaccurate. For proper care you might consider the purchase of a more accurate digital humidity gauge since too much or too little humidity can cause cracks, or can cause glue failure along the seams of your fiddle.


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