Caring for your Violin, Viola or Violoncello/ Como Cuidar tu Violin, Viola o Violonchelo
There's a reason why a number of Stradivari, Amati and Guarneri instruments are close to three hundred years old and are still being played: They have been lovingly cared for by their owners. Whether you own a golden age Strad, a Mirecourt shop violin or a well-made student instrument, the responsibility of caring for it lies with you, the player.
Because string instruments are made from wood, they require special treatment. The wood is very much alive (even though the tree has died) and reacts to temperature changes. For this reason, you must be aware of seasonal changes in your instrument which include temperature and humidity.
An instrument is also a mathematical marvel of complex numerical relationships and a bit of magic. For your instrument to sound its very best, all of the relationship must work together. This includes an excellent set-up (bridge, sound-post, tailpiece and fingerboard) by a qualified luthier, with well-fitted pegs, quality strings that your violin 'likes,' and daily practice.
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