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Storage of Stringed Instruments????
What's the best way to store a stringed instrument at home?
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JohnG
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I'm contemplating 3D printing a wall mount to store my viola but was wondering if it is better to always put it in the case between practice sessions or hang it and the bow from a wall mount, and if wall mount, is it okay to hang by peg(s).

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I have a long wall rack my husband made that I hang my instruments on, by the peg end. I have one of those screw in hooks, like a cup hook, screwed in between each instrument to hand my bows. It is screwed in so the open ilene is facing up to the ceiling. I just grab and play.

 

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It is not where the sun will be shining on them all day through a window. 

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I keep mine on a stand pretty much year round.  But they are in a room the cat/dog cant get to.  also control humdity in that room during winter months when house will get dry. 

conversations about that here....

 

https://fiddlerman.com/forum/l.....-humidity/

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@Mouse - Looks like you have a talented husband! Thanks for your input.

@GregW - Good information and the humidity discussion link was very informative, Thanks.

Now to combine my newish 3D printing experience with my new viola one!

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@JohnG and others.  I am of the thought that having the instrument visible and available affords more opportunities for use, and therefore it is good to keep it hanging.  A wood bow should have hair tension lessened when not in use.  It is typically done with all bows, but likely more from tradition than from physics.

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@Irv - That's a major reason I am leaning that way, too!

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More playing time is what happened with me @JohnG. After I hung them, I was pulling one down at least 3 times a day, for just enough time to run some scales or little tunes I memorized, in addition to my serious playing time sessions, not always the same instrument is taken off the rack. 

Also, have the shoulder rest easily available, too. I have found that that also increased playing time because between chores, I grab and instrument, a bow and shoulder rest and stand there playing for a while, if I don’t have time for a serious session. It increased my number of serious session times a week, too.

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I always keep my viola in the case to prevent accidental damage. The risk is too high with a cat, and for that matter I don't really trust myself not to have accidents.

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No pets here and there is a piano under it, so nobody ever walks close to them. 99.99% of the time, there is only my husband and I the house, also. When I was taking them out of the case and putting them back, I did not play them much. 

What I am seeing, is that it really depends on each person's circumstancea and what makes sense to each. 

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Between the Kids, Cats - and Me...

poor Mortimer,

pretty much staring me in the eyes,

propped against his case,

EXPOSED,

24/7!

 

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I keep mine in stands, in the corner (out of the way, & out of direct sunlight). 

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SharonC said
I keep mine in stands, in the corner (out of the way, & out of direct sunlight). 

Cool, but with two cats, probably not a good idea for me!blink

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JohnG said

SharonC said

I keep mine in stands, in the corner (out of the way, & out of direct sunlight). 

Cool, but with two cats, probably not a good idea for me!blink

Having the instrument close and easily accessible is a great idea for more frequent playing. Maybe you can mount them where the cats would not be able to reach.

I love having my violin ready to grab at a spur of the moment. 

"The richest person is not the one who has the most,
but the one who needs the least."

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@Fiddlerman said;

I love having my violin ready to grab at a spur of the moment. 

I call that, "Grab-n-Play" 😃 I have shoulder rests right below my instruments and bows.

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Just put my viola bracket up!

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Nice job, JohnG

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@JohnG -

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The "pièce de résistance"! 

Nice job, John - I'm impressed!

Beautiful location for your Viola.

🤔 a little gold or silver patina on that beautiful Viola-holder... (sorry 😁) 

OMG! 

Are those Russian Lomonosov, Fairytale plates I see?  

Used to run across them once in a while, when I'd be out "treasure hunting". 

Excellent! 

Next? 

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@JohnG Just wondering, will that glass door open into your viola? It looks like it will in the photo.

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@Mouse - Possibly, but not opened very often (months or years!). Here is a pic of the other six!

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