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Do you wipe off your violin every after each playing session?
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Fiddlerman
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Obviously we should. The rosin makes a mess on your strings as well as the top of your instrument, primarily under the strings. If you leave it alone too long you will have a much more difficult time getting it off. Possibly you will need to leave it to a Luthier or at least use some special violin cleaner.

To be completely honest I will say that I am most often too stressed to clean off the rosin dust after each session. I don't know how many times I have simply thrown my fiddle right into my case and jetted off as quickly as possible. Often when I take a break from practicing at home it is because I need to do something else right away and neglect to wipe off the excess rosin. Sometimes just because I am hungry and prioritize eating.

All said and done, be aware that the result of not removing rosin buildup from your strings can cause squeaky and whistling strings.Cool

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I wipe it off every time; very necessary; or else you get the buildup over time and becomes a big mess...Laugh

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Fair enough. I'm going to try to be a little better about this, but check out a picture of my buddy Kennedy and his fiddle.

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Thanks for the inspiration.  Just had a rehearsal.  After 3 hours, I wiped my violin very diligently.  It actually made me feel very good. Cool

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Glad we inspired you Jihaddi.

Where is it that you are playing now?

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That's horrible!  He must have the money to replace his fiddles because that one looks beyond cleaning. 

I wipe down both my fiddle and bow after every playing.  It cost too much to let it get trashed

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I wonder how much money he has. He is famous enough to charge an arm and a leg for playing. Do a search on Google and see all his pictures. Kennedy's fiddle is just as grimy in every one.

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What's the imodicon for a shudder?  That's what I do when I look at that picture.

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I'm going to have to invent a emoticon for that. In the meanwhile we can use this one. Yell

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dogs and fiddles said:

That's horrible!  He must have the money to replace his fiddles because that one looks beyond cleaning. 

I wipe down both my fiddle and bow after every playing.  It cost too much to let it get trashed

What do you use to wipe off your bow and violin?

 

EDIT: After just a few minutes of searching I found my answer on the forums.  No need to reply.  I would have deleted this post but that option doesn't exist.

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Personally I only use a clean dry soft cotton cloth. I guess the problem is the same with being careful not to remove the varnish from the bow. When I get my bow re-haired the Luthier cleans it thoroughly. What did you find out on the other forums Kaizer?

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Oh, there was a post on here about cleaning the rosin off, and he said the same thing you did about a clean, dry, soft cotton cloth.  It was just in another topic.  I should have looked a bit harder before posting heh.

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It can be very hard to find certain topics on this forum. Maybe I could organize it better some way. It's not a bad thing to have the same info posted in many places. Thanks for the post.

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Fiddlerman said:

Fair enough. I'm going to try to be a little better about this, but check out a picture of my buddy Kennedy and his fiddle.

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Ha! Great photo! My violin has often looked almost as bad, admittedly. I have my case open beside my desk with my uke sitting on the bow side since I play often. It just seems too much of a bother to wipe it every time when i'm only going to get it out and play it with it again later (: 

 

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Chatty Catty could care less if my violin is in the case or not. She thinks it is her personal kitty bed. My violin should have come with a lent brush as a standard accessory- ha! Needless to say, with my case open, my violin can get pretty dirty...and furry. In the violin cleaners discussion, I mentioned saddle soap (oil based cleaner), a suggestion of my dad's years ago that I use sparingly, but it works well, even on build up as bad as Kennedy's (looks like a new fiddle afterward!), and it doesn't harm the oil finish on my violin.  

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Fiddlerman said:

Fair enough. I'm going to try to be a little better about this, but check out a picture of my buddy Kennedy and his fiddle.

 

I have been following Nigels work for some time . Have you jammed with him?

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I've played with him but I turned down his offer to jam as I was young and stupid and had to get home to the family and kids after a concert that we had done together. He is a great musician and doesn't really care what people say about him.

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It's interesting to hear some professionals don't take care of their instruments like they should.  I learned very early on about cleaning after playing, not only to remove excess rosin, but also the fingerprints.  I also use a soft cotton cloth on the wood, bow and fingerboard, and a microfibre or lens cloth on the strings.  

I don't know if it helps me play, but it makes me feel like I'm at least caring for something that I hope will be with me for a long while.

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QuicheLoraine said:

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Waaa-Haaa! =3 =)))

That why i always close the case while playing...

 

Now i always wipe off my violin after practice.. Ididn't care about that earlier, but then i found out that if you don't remove rosin now - it bacames uremovable (without any chemical things) later duncecap..

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Mad_Wed said:

QuicheLoraine said:

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Waaa-Haaa! =3 =)))

That why i always close the case while playing...

 

Now i always wipe off my violin after practice.. Ididn't care about that earlier, but then i found out that if you don't remove rosin now - it bacames uremovable (without any chemical things) later duncecap..

 

I think I'd have to not only close, but lock my case- I have a resourceful cat- ha! 

True, it really should be wiped every time. Chatty Catty has given more more incentive to wipe off and clean my violin more often (: 

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I try to wipe my violin off after every time I practice.. but sometimes I'm too lazy to do it.. xD;

 

Fiddlerman said:

Fair enough. I'm going to try to be a little better about this, but check out a picture of my buddy Kennedy and his fiddle.

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That's what one of my violins looked like when I got it.

I went to a music festival and this one guy had a violin for sale. I tried it out and decided I wasn't leaving without that violin! The first thing I did when I got home with it was clean it. xD 

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Here is what my violin case looks like often:

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 My cat does the same thing! rofl

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