It’s hard to be at your best when you don’t take care of yourself, and your instrument is no different. Neglect can lead to long term damage or, at the very least, your instrument not sounding its best. On the passed blogs we discussed about important tips to take care of your piano, either acoustic or digital. Today we will refer to string instrument care.
Along with your instrument, you should have rosin, an extra set of strings, and a cloth to dust your instrument and the shaft of your bow off before they go in the case. Protect your instrument from extreme temperatures — don’t leave it in the car — and from humidity outside the 40-60 percent range. A hardware store will sell you a humidity meter for around $15.
Have your instrument restrung every one or two years (cellos and basses can last a little longer). You’ll be happier with your sound on new strings. Depending on how often you play, your bow should be rehaired every six to eighteen months. If there is visible gunk on your bow-hair or if you have to rosin up every time you play, it’s time. On that note, always try playing before you apply rosin. If your bow hair is in good shape you may be surprised at how infrequently you need it.
Taking care of your instrument begins with you, but some jobs are best left for the experts. If you are renting an instrument, the vendor will likely take care of the repair needs of your instrument. If you own your own instrument, any musician or music teacher should be able to recommend at least a couple of trustworthy shops. Find one close enough that you’ll be willing to make the drive to keep your instrument healthy.
Keep an eye on these four things to know whether a trip to the luthier might be necessary:
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