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Violin Accessories - do you dress your fiddle?
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Sofia Leo
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Do you have a "blanket" in your case to cover the violin and protect it from the bow? Or do you put a cloth of some sort over the violin when it's sitting out waiting to be played?

Or use a "bag" inside the case (some swear that silk keeps the moisture out)?

Or use a cloth bag instead of a case?

I'm giving my son my cheap Chinese fiddle on Thursday (he played cello, but it hurts his back, so he took up a rented viola but can't afford it at the moment, so I offered him my fiddle) but I'm not giving him the case (three fiddles, two cases at the moment.)

I've made a bag that he can hang on a doorknob (or whatever) that will protect the fiddle when it's not being played and was wondering what y'all do.

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My fiddles all came with blankets.  I remember that my little 1/4 and 3/4 fiddles all got scratched up from bows and loose stuff in my cases.  I love the blankets.  I keep them in the case when not in use with the Hygrometer.  I have yet to have purchased a humidifying device, Washington State you know.

 

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If your son can afford it I saw this case on Ebay for under $20

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Light-.....2a0a3c09b1

Like Barry said, you only really need the case to transport and protect it.

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CatMcCall said:

Do you have a "blanket" in your case to cover the violin and protect it from the bow?

Yes. exactly

Or do you put a cloth of some sort over the violin when it's sitting out waiting to be played?

Nope! I put it on the bed between my practice sessions -bed's surface is soft enough. =) (i bet, my violin then falls asleep - i hear snoring sometimes surprised)

I've made a bag that he can hang on a doorknob (or whatever) that will protect the fiddle when it's not being played and was wondering what y'all do.

I want to hang my violin on the wall, but i have to get a "violin holder" or whatever its name is.. =) Right now my violin rests in case facepalm not comfortable..

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I have a cloth in my case but only use it when I'm in transit. I keep my fiddle on a stand. So when I have a little time I can just pick it up and play even if it's only running through scales.

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I store my violin in my case which comes with a "blanket." My luthier says the best way to store it is out in the open on its side. Don't know if that's true but when I store it like that I'm always scared that it will fall face down.

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m.k. said:

I store my violin in my case which comes with a "blanket." My luthier says the best way to store it is out in the open on its side. Don't know if that's true but when I store it like that I'm always scared that it will fall face down.

 

I completely disagree with your luthier.  I have seen far too many violins with open seems from being stored with the edge of the violin touching something. The worst way to store it is standing on the floor.  The humidity from the floor opens up the seems, warps the wood and ruins the finish.  Hanging it in a string swing or from the pegs is in my opinion the best way.  I would much rather fit a new peg than fix a seem.

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BCShalom said:

My fiddles all came with blankets.  I remember that my little 1/4 and 3/4 fiddles all got scratched up from bows and loose stuff in my cases.  I love the blankets.  I keep them in the case when not in use with the Hygrometer.  I have yet to have purchased a humidifying device, Washington State you know.

 

Shalom Shalom coffee1

Northeast PA, 24 inches of rain above normal this year, twicw the roads flooded out.  We have to find a small dehumidifier for our violin cases.

 

Getting back to the original post.  When I have to put my violin away I use a blanket in the case or some sort of cloth between the violin and the bows.

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My fiddle sits out on my desk next to my computer with a cloth on top. No small children or unruly pets to cause a problem. The fiddles that aren't currently being played hang from string swings. The SFF has a string tied to the neck for hanging during varnish (it's not totally done yet.) I would never store a fiddle on it's side or on the floor - it just begs to be knocked over...

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Fiddlerman said:

If your son can afford it I saw this case on Ebay for under $20

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Light-.....2a0a3c09b1

Like Barry said, you only really need the case to transport and protect it.

Thanks, FM. I'll pass the link on to him.

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Ya, that sounds weird. Storing a violin on it's side seems like a highly unstable way to keep it. In that case why not lay it on it's back in the open case?

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Kevin M. said:

I completely disagree with your luthier.  I have seen far too many violins with open seems from being stored with the edge of the violin touching something. The worst way to store it is standing on the floor.  The humidity from the floor opens up the seems, warps the wood and ruins the finish.  Hanging it in a string swing or from the pegs is in my opinion the best way.  I would much rather fit a new peg than fix a seem.

My luthier actually explained to me why he stores his violins that way but I completely don't recall the reason. I don't see how putting the violin on its side can create seams since there isn't any friction between the contact points but I'll take your words for granted since you seem to know what you're doing and a quick search on Google for "store violin on side" came up with no results wink

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I imagine the humidity + the force of gravity and pressure from the instrument's weight on the edges and glue points would make seams open. They don't look like they're made to bear weight on the side, since there aren't support points to diffuse the stress.

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Just picked up a String Swing for my Cecilio electric. Best way to store my violin from day to day - makes it much easier and faster to pick it up and start playing ASAP.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/produ.....leint-20 

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I've thought about getting one too. Good idea to have your instrument available whenever you have a little time to play. exactly

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This is kind of a dumb question, but one of the "accessories" of my violin case is a little blanket thing that matches the fuzzy case lining on one side, and is nylon or some other non slick and fuzzy fabric on the other.

 

Which side goes up and why? I imagine the fuzzy side is meant to be pretty, but with the slick side down, it ends up crumpled from sliding around. Not really a good thing if the blanket thing is for protection.

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I never really thought about it.  Which side goes up?  That may be one of those questions like the meaning of life.

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Just picked up a String Swing for my Cecilio electric. Best way to store my violin from day to day – makes it much easier and faster to pick it up and start playing ASAP.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/produ.....leint-20 

I'm expecting one to show up today on the Big Brown Truck. If I like it, I'll get two more, one for each of my sons.

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Pikachu, The good looking side goes up so that it looks good when it's on top of the violin. The cloth kind of protects the violin from getting scratched from a loose bow, parts of the case or loose violin touching each other. Even though you are supposed to strap the violin it can loosen and rub up against anything on the top and it's best to have that protection between.

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Kevin M. said:

I never really thought about it.  Which side goes up?  That may be one of those questions like the meaning of life.

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I don't know funny it for anybody else but i'm still laughing! right to the point, Kevin!!! =))))) I always wonder too: Which side goes up?

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