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Weather to avoid?
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Readalot
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Ive read in a few diffrent books about all the diffent kinds of weather you should avoid playing in. Such as hot, cold, humid, windy, ect (It made me wonder if the authors payed in nice inclosed boxes all the time). Basically to get to the meat of the subject what are the types of weather/tempatures you should avoid playing in?

 

Is it the sort of rule where if you don't want to be out in it you shouldn't ever play in it. (I read that in a book i just cant remember which one.)

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It depends a lot on the type of instrument you have as well. Old Italian instruments are more sensitive to climate changes than great modern hand made violins. I've played in almost every weather imaginable except for pouring rain and below around 50 degrees.

  • Cold climate makes it difficult for the fingers to move.
  • Heat and sun can crack and ruin varnish.
  • Dry air runs a risk for the wood cracking.
  • Humid weather can cause the bow to slide over the strings as if there is no rosin. Humidity also causes our fingers to sweat making them slippery.

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Thank you for thin info. Lol eventually when i get my violin it looks like ill be playing mostly indoors. New mexico is a very sunny hot place. Except during the monsoon season then its sunny, humid and rainy all at the same time ^_^.

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exactlyThanks, I'm going a little crazy with adding emoticons fish

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Its nice to go crazy every once awhile! It keeps you sanedancinbunny 

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How do you combat high humidity? It's going to be 80-90% all week and no one in this state has A/C.

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Living in Maine, your violin is probably less than saturated.  High humidity for a week or so probably will have no effect that you can tell.

Besides, I don't know that a limited shot of high humidity is supposed to do bad things in contrast to very DRY conditions that are associated with cracks.

You could go for a de-humidifier but that's probably not worth it.

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PS Your pegs might get stuck but that will pass.

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Wow it seems like eventually when i get a violin i very likely might have to invest in a humidifier as my state is only moist in thepink-violin-girl monsoon season.

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Ah, no, the humidity is just making playing difficult. My bow keeps slipping.

 

And I'm surprised no one's brought up the ultimate solution to weather related issues yet: carbon fibre instruments.

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LOL Anathama, I love that commercial. Saw it a long time ago. Thanks for posting it.laughlaughlaughlaughlaugh

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omg =] Anathama that was hilarious!!! Carbon fiber? O-O do they sound good?

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At last surf I found 5000 reasons not to pursue carbon fiber although I believe that, eventually, most student violins will be synthetic.  They have to pay for the molds right now so prices are high. 

I only hope that CF or any other "plastic" violin will have a permanent sound post (molded in) or no sound post required.

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Permanent sounds interesting. That way it is always in the optimal location and will be a perfect fit. You wouldn't be able to shape the sound though.

If you move a sound-post closer to the  E string you get a brighter E string sound and if you move it closer to the G, you get a darker sound. To get a stronger sound you set the post tighter but if it is too tight it doesn't respond quick enough.

Perhaps there could be a fine tuner to adjust the tightness and one to slide the post slightly from E side to G side...... Who knows !!!!!!!!

A friend of mine had a carbon fiber bow that was adjustable. I think it was one of the Coda bows and at the time cost him a couple thousand. The prices have dropped a lot since then and from what I understand they are better as well.

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Also, to my knowledge, CF violins are being made in the UK or maybe Europe.  I never saw a Chinese version but it's for sure they are working on it and will FLOOD EBay in the near future. 

(Does anyone know of ANY special acoustic properties of CF that would say it competes with wood OR, is the buzz only that NASA was interested in a very high strength to weight material?   I think I saw some CF sports stuff.  Maybe that is a good application?)

 

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Oliver said:

(Does anyone know of ANY special acoustic properties of CF that would say it competes with wood OR, is the buzz only that NASA was interested in a very high strength to weight material?   I think I saw some CF sports stuff.  Maybe that is a good application?)

 

It's extremely resonant and loud, and virtually indestructible.

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Perhaps, but so is a metal garbage can.  laugh

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I would love to test one out though. Loud can be good sometimes. A loud and ugly sound is less desirable than a soft and ugly sound.dancing

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Oliver said:

Perhaps, but so is a metal garbage can.  laugh

 

Metal cans are awesome!

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Heck ya ive always wanted to use one of those!!!!!coffee1coffee1

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