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Basics for Care and Maintenance a Violin


Part of violin should properly care for and maintained, whether leased or bought. Properly take care of an instrument is as important to exercise just as learning to play. For, sure, each task goes hand in hand.


Below is a brief tip for care and maintenance of various parts of the violin:


The Violin Bridge

The violin bridge is a delicate but vital area of the violin and is, along with the sound post, the soul of a violin instrument, and it’s sound. Since it is so delicate, it is more prone to becoming broken or warped in the hands of a learner. Because the violin bridge is secured in place by the tension of the strands, it is affected by tuning from the two sides of the instrument, the fine tuners, and also the peg tuners.

The great thing to recall is that the bridge should usually be straight and perpendicular to the exterior of the instrument. Too much tension from the pegs and fine tuners could bend the bridge. When this happens, maintaining the feet in place, a learner or a teacher should carefully put pressure on the bridge with his or her fingers to straighten the bridge and make it perpendicular once more without moving the base part of the bridge.

If the bridge can’t move or even breaks, it is necessary to take the violin to a violin shop where a skilled violin maker can either fix or just replace the bridge. While the bridge is little and light, the way it is set up produces all the difference in the world as much as how the violin will sound.


Violin Strings

Violin strings need to be replaced at least twice per year if your learner plays even a half an hour every day. The older the strings, the much tension is it needs to stay in tune and the more freaky they sound. All the four strings need to be replaced simultaneously, even if a single string could break and the strings are on the better side.

Learners can learn from violin stores or violin teachers how to replace the strings on a violin. If you can buy strings from a violin shop, it’s a great idea to have the shop replace the strings. However, if there is no violin store close by, it’s perfectly ok to order violin strings from an online violin workshop and replace them yourself.

Because most violins come with fine tuners on the tailpiece, you have to attach the string into the tuner firstly and then thread the other side of the string into the tuning peg shaft clockwise and over, ensure to only insert about a ¼ inch of the string into the violin peg.


Tuning Pegs

Whatever having to do with pegs is fine left to an experienced violin repair expert. The one thing that may be done, as a violin player, is to make sure that do not drive the pegs into the peg slots with unnecessary force otherwise the peg holes will become larger and will no longer hold the strings with the right force. Once this occurs, an expensive repair called peg hole bushing is needed.


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