So, you bought a violin and became the owner of an exclusive, exclusively YOUR instrument, which will be your real friend for a very long time. True, on one condition: you will protect it, observing very simple, but very important rules.
Let's talk about them in more detail.
Rule 1The tool should be stored away from sources of excess heat and direct sunlight.
Rule 2It is mandatory to observe the humidity regime.
High humidity can lead to irreversible processes when the tree of which the tool is made begins to affect mold or fungus.
If the humidity is low, the instrument may dry out, cracks will appear on the case, a darling will occur, and, in general, this is fraught with bad problems that will be difficult to solve even for an experienced violin master.
During the heating season, monitoring this is especially important, since the indoor air at this time is very dry. If you install a hygrometer in the case that measures the level of humidity, it will help keep the violin in the most optimal mode. Humidity in the range of 45-60% is normal for storing the instrument.
We also want to draw your attention to an interesting, relatively recent invention - dumps. This is a special tube that regulates humidity and is very easy to use: you need to wet it in boiled water, squeeze it well and place it inside the violin through ef. If it is necessary to remove excess air humidity inside the instrument, the tube is pre-dried rather than wet before being placed inside the violin.
Many violinists who have tried playing the violin with a damper inside note an improvement in the sound of the instrument.
Rule 3. Make sure that the tool is not exposed to sudden changes in temperature.
If you entered a warm room from the street in the cold season, do not rush to get a violin. Let her lie in a closed case for at least 15 minutes.
Rule 4. The tool should always be clean.
After playing, carefully wipe the neck and deck of the rosin violin with a soft, dry flannel or microfiber cloth. Do not forget to wipe and strings. It is necessary to clean the tool from ordinary dirt, grease stains and dust.
Rule 5. Inspect the lacquer coating constantly.
It is unacceptable that places appear on the instrument where the varnish is completely wiped off, right down to the wood. This is especially true for those places where the hand slides during the game. Otherwise, from the fact that fat and sweat from your hands will be absorbed into the bare tree, not only the deck will not resonate correctly, but the instrument itself will begin to die. Contact the violin master and fix this problem as soon as it is noticed.
Rule 6. The bow also deserves your attention.
Lubricate the outer edge of horsehair with rosin before playing. Apply rosin sparingly. Excess rosin leads to bow deformation. Rosin should only be fresh. Old rosin dries quickly, dusts and spoils the violin.
After the game, loosen the hair tension on the bow and put it in a special bag made of silk fabric. This will not allow dry rosin to pour on the instrument.
In the case behind the latches, the bow should lie without bending.
And the last problem: mites eating horse hair on a bow. Experienced violinists are advised to keep cloves in a case with a violin.
Rule 7. Protect the violin from mechanical damage.
Keep the violin always carefully, keep it away from children, do not leave the instrument unattended so that someone does not hook it by accident, or simply does not sit on it.
If you have rings on your hand, before picking up the violin, remove them - they can also cause various injuries.
Do not forget these seven rules and be sure that the violin will not be indebted to you. Touching the music world with a clean, well-groomed instrument, you will give the grateful listeners the same clean and bright melody.
If you have the happiness of owning a master’s instrument, think about how many musicians have touched it for so many years, and how reverent was their attitude to the violin, if you, after maybe even two centuries later, still extract beautiful, charming sounds from it .
Try not to break this chain, carefully woven by past owners. Enjoy marvelous music yourself and preserve a masterpiece of true mastery for future generations.
What to do with it?
The familiar and proven method, the one with oats, but previously prepared for this procedure, is quite suitable for many: the oats must be washed and thoroughly dried (thereby freeing it from powdery coating). Next - pour a small amount through ef and carefully move it inside the case, then - turn the eff tool down and remove the grains, all to one.
However, we do not recommend you to conduct such experiments with serious professional tools, it is better to entrust prevention to a specialist - violin master.
This procedure (together with external cleaning of the tool) is not expensive at all and does not take much time. But there is a guarantee that the result will be effective, and your tool will not suffer in the process!