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Violin Hangups
Frequent practice is said to be the best way to musical proficiency, but a fiddle in its case cant make a sound. Get youuuuuuuuu fiddle ot where the 10 minutes you have for practice is not used up getting the case open.
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Following the advice proffered in Fiddlerman and Violaman Chat I have hung my fiddles so they can be ready to play when I am, and not discouragingly hidden away in their cases.

I have not used the elegant holders available from Fiddlershop.com because I wanted this done now and I am kind of frugal. The gripper I use may be seen at http://www.holditsystem.com/  and the particular holder is the Large Grip 11/8" – 11/2" size. A pair of them bought at Home Depot cost $10.00 and the pine board was $6.00 .

The holders may be mounted directly to the wall but different instruments require violindifferent space behind so I added the 1"x3"x4' pine board and all the instruments can be securely gripped by the holders. The website shows how the grippers operate. The neck of the violin is pushed back against the rubber webbing and the corners rotate, closing ever so gently against the fingerboard, just under the nut without touching the strings. The tuning pegs are not touched. Another benefit I expect from this arrangement is that the humidity of the room will be available to the instruments in a way they would not be closed in their cases. I keep our humidity at 55% for my benefit and apparently that seems to suit stringed instruments.

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Following the advice proffered in Fiddlerman and Violaman Chat I have hung my fiddles so they can be ready to play when I am, and not discouragingly hidden away in their cases.

I have not used the elegant holders available from Fiddlershop.com because I wanted this done now and I am kind of frugal. The gripper I use may be seen at http://www.holditsystem.com/  and the particular holder is the Large Grip 11/8" – 11/2" size. A pair of them bought at Home Depot cost $10.00 and the pine board was $6.00 .

The holders may be mounted directly to the wall but different instruments require different space behind so I added the 1"x3"x4' pine board and all the instruments can be securely gripped by the holders. The website shows how the grippers operate. The neck of the violin is pushed back against the rubber webbing and the corners rotate, closing ever so gently against the fingerboard, just under the nut without touching the strings. The tuning pegs are not touched. Another benefit I expect from this arrangement is that the humidity of the room will be available to the instruments in a way they would not be closed in their cases. I keep our humidity at 55% for my benefit and apparently that seems to suit stringed instruments.

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Nice collection there Ray. I think it's good to put a board behind the hangers so that the back of the violin doesn't get beat up against the wall. I only have 1 violin so I went ahead and bought a hanger. It hangs perfectly by the back of the neck, the foam stuff gripping it. Instead of a board, I just cut a 2x2 stake at an angle and stained it, screwed that to wall, then screwed hanger to that. I prefer to hang the bow via a small trim nail instead of the hanger, it prevents accidental knockoffs if someone passes by too close.

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The only time mine are ever in cases is when Im taking them somewhere. I use string swings ($11 at samash) they are made for guitars but you just squeeze them a little and they work fine. Ive been hanging mine since I started playing. sometimes I'll just be walking by, snatch it off the wall, play a tune and hang it back up. Something I'd never do if I had to pull it from a case

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I have to start thinking about this hanging thing... I am lucky to have space to keep them out...but hanging would be nice. :)

 

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Right now, I have a table that my cases lies on open. Violin stays in tune very well. All I have to do is tight bow. Love it that way.

 

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Don't forget that we have the option to use a stand w/ bow holder as well! :D  I have the Glasser one from Fiddler Shop and it works great!  

When my wife & I finally get our house, I'll definitely install some hangers in our dedicated music room.  .......it free's up room for more fiddles! devil-violin

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