make sure that your instrument will keep its value and playing
qualities, it is of great importance that you take good care
of it. One day it will show future generations how good or
bad you have treated it!
is some advice:
Always consult a professionally trained violinmaker when your
instrument needs repair and attendance. Wrong treatment by
unskilled craftsmen can cause severe dammage to your instrument.
Keep the instrument clean. Wipe off rosin-dust after each
performance. Never use aggressive cleaning fluids or abrasive
agents. Each instrument is special and requires special care.
A skilled and proffessionally trained violinmaker will gladly
give you advice as to how your instrument needs to be treated.
Always store your instrument and bow in a solid case when
not in use. Many accidents can be avoided this way.
Always use fresh strings. The sound quality of your instrument
is less satisfying when playing on old worn out strings. Ask
your violinmaker for advice regarding different types of strings
that could suit your instrument.
Have your bow rehaired when neccessary. Use good quality rosin,
but do not use too much. Keep the bow stick clean from rosin-dust
using a soft cloth. Your violinmaker will help you choose
the correct type of rosin.
Each stringed instrument requires a correct bridge and soundpost
set up. The fingerboard should have the correct curve and
hollowing for the strings to play freely without causing a
buzz. Pegs should fit perfectly and run smoothly. Fitting
of bridge, soundpost and trimming of fingerboard and pegs
is a job for the skilled violinmaker only.
Instruments are sensitive to changes in temperature and humidity.
The sound quality of your instrument will usually change when
the climate changes. Be careful not to store the instrument
in exstreme dry or humid conditions.
To prevent damage to your instrument, it is of advice that
you consult your violinmaker at least once a year. When visiting
your violinmaker it will quickly be determined if your instrument