In a series a short articles, violin maker and restorer Michael Darnton shares tips for maintaining your own violin, viola, or cello, as well as guidance on when to visit the repair shop.
The String Instrument Checkup
An annual checkup greatly contributes to an instrument’s well-being over time as well as the player’s peace of mind. Find out what this process entails.
Cleaning and Polishing Your Instrument
Properly cleaning and polishing your string instrument are simple yet effective ways to keep it in good shape. But there is a right way to do it.
String players should monitor the bridge to ensure it is straight and properly positioned and has not been damaged by worn strings. Here’s how to keep your bridge angled correctly.
Tuning Peg Maintenance
Lubricating your pegs as needed and winding your strings correctly are two things you can do yourself to help keep your instrument easy to tune.
Violin Varnish Scratches and Wear
Scratches and wear in a string instrument’s varnish are generally not cause for alarm. Learn how to address minor scratches yourself and when to visit the shop.
When to Visit the Repair Shop
Players should be on the lookout for issues like open seams or cracks or a change in string height, any of which which should be attended to ASAP.