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Where do you keep your violin(s) when not practicing/playing?
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intrepidgirl
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I have read about the various boxes with humidifiers, and I am afraid I am much more low-tech. I find if I have my violins out in plain sight, I will pick them up and practice more, (plus I sure like looking at them). So I hang them on the wall when not in use. No direct sunshine, reasonable humidity in our house so it seems to be easy on them. two-violines.jpgImage Enlarger

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Intrepidgirl, I like the way you hang the bows with the violin! Something I had never though of.

TBH  the main violin I play is laying on the case with the case lid opened on a small computer table most of the time. The ones I never touch mostly stay in cases. I have one on the wall and one on a Hercules stand.

The humidity in there usually stays in an ok range. Only in winter is it extremely low. I just replaced the big door in there, so now I have better insulation against the weather. Summer 50-60% humidity. Winter sometimes gets to 40-45%.

I'll post pics so you can see why I don't habba lotta woom 🙂 This was taken before I bought yet another guitar. A nylon string acoustic. I still want a mandolin. Anyone have a decent one they would be interested to trade for a violin? 

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The violin hangers that we sell have the bow holders on them.
https://fiddlershop.com/search?q=wall mounted

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Do you have a preference between the metal or the wood? I'm thinking the metal might be better for me because it will allow more of the screw to go into the wall .

I might have just enough wall real estate to make it work. I like the ones intrepidgirl has up. I could replace those other ones with these.

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We have all the models. Wood or metal. Different types of wood and black or white metal.

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Thank you Fiddlerman. I have two on the way. Hopefully it will help me make some more room in there. I like that case Jim bought, maybe later on when I get more space I'll look at those. In the interim I'll probably need to be looking at a room humidifier in the winter since I have a few more things with strings in there 😉

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Very cool. Which one did you get?

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I went with the dark metal. I have had less than stellar experience with the wooden guitar hangers made by Horizon I think? The mount was too thick for the screws.

The Fiddlerman wooden hangers would have probably been fine, but the Horizon issue is in the back of my mind. Violins are light in comparison to guitars so not as much stress on the hangers.

As you can see, the pepo bismol pink in that room has already ruined any fancy decorating ideas. Hanger type won't make or break that room lol. 

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@starise I know what you mean about not enough space. That's another reason why mine are on the wall. I still have wallspace, hah! (based on this concept, I still have room for quite a few more instruments...) I also feel they are safely out of the way, less likely to be sat on, get crushed or dropped, or break a bow by placing something heavy on it.  Send pictures when you get them set up. Mine are a nice wooden block base, with metal arms, and as Fiddlerman said, complete with the bow holder.

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starise said
I went with the dark metal. I have had less than stellar experience with the wooden guitar hangers made by Horizon I think? The mount was too thick for the screws.

The Fiddlerman wooden hangers would have probably been fine, but the Horizon issue is in the back of my mind. Violins are light in comparison to guitars so not as much stress on the hangers

I like the metal ones. In my case, I like to use a white metal one on a white wall so that the hanger is discrete. I'm sure you'll like it. 🙂 The black one is cool as well.

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As you can see, the pepo bismol pink in that room has already ruined any fancy decorating ideas. Hanger type won't make or break that room lol. 

In your case black and those orange/yellow/peach walls will be perfect. Sorry, it's hard for me to see the color. Maybe it's pink.... LOL.

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I think it's more of a marmalade color.  Sometimes different isn't better I have learned. lol. But yeah, I think the black should be more discrete than the white hopefully.

I do think there is something to be said for keeping the instruments out where we can get to them. I'll post a pic of them when I get them mounted.

Thanks!

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starise said

I do think there is something to be said for keeping the instruments out where we can get to them.

  

Yes, but, (important question, @Fiddlerman), does the value of the violin affect the wisdom of this? In other words, how expensive does a violin have to be for it to be wiser (if ever) to keep it in a hard case all the time?

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As long as the environment is stable, there will not be any danger for the violin. Obviously not good if it's at risk of being touched by strangers or stolen.
If you have a home in which the humidity is unstable, you should either stabilize the humidity or keep the violin in a better environment.
I believe that instruments are meant to be used. I'm not sure it's better to store an instrument in a case.
Some of my colleagues had instrument in the half million dollar range and they were exposed to all sorts of elements.

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Fiddlerman said
As long as the environment is stable, there will not be any danger for the violin. Obviously not good if it's at risk of being touched by strangers or stolen.

If you have a home in which the humidity is unstable, you should either stabilize the humidity or keep the violin in a better environment.

I believe that instruments are meant to be used. I'm not sure it's better to store an instrument in a case.

Some of my colleagues had instrument in the half million dollar range and they were exposed to all sorts of elements.

  

Many thanks for this, Pierre. These are all useful things to keep in mind.

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intrepidgirl said
@starise I know what you mean about not enough space. That's another reason why mine are on the wall. I still have wallspace, hah! (based on this concept, I still have room for quite a few more instruments...) I also feel they are safely out of the way, less likely to be sat on, get crushed or dropped, or break a bow by placing something heavy on it.  Send pictures when you get them set up. Mine are a nice wooden block base, with metal arms, and as Fiddlerman said, complete with the bow holder.

  

Well, here's the hung violins. The hangers took less than 5 minutes to install. I did need a cordless drill to make the holes. The main idea there was to make the hole smaller than the screw smile. Not sure if you've ever attempted to screw into 2" of wood by hand without a hole.

As you can see I went for function over looks. I'm the only one that needs to be in there and I don't really care what it looks like lol. The good news is I can grab a violin and be playing before you can say "late for dinner". I love that the bow can be right there with the violin.

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Great that you did not cover the Gibson poster. 😜

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Well yeah it's actually covering up some other holes in the wall I think. I'm not really that big on Jimi Hendrix. I look at it like free wall paper lol. I am viewing that space as temporary. It has been a very long temporary though.

My other space is under construction and since I'm the one doing the constructing I haven't had much time so it's dragging.Construction that is, and maybe my butt.

I almost feel the need to apologize for that space....lol.

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@starise They look perfect! And I agree, we are much more likely to pick them up and play for 20 minutes while supper is cooking, if they are out and with their bow, waiting for us. On a related note, this is why I put my vacuum and cleaning supplies deep deep in the back cupboards somewhere.

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intrepidgirl said
@starise They look perfect! And I agree, we are much more likely to pick them up and play for 20 minutes while supper is cooking, if they are out and with their bow, waiting for us. On a related note, this is why I put my vacuum and cleaning supplies deep deep in the back cupboards somewhere.

  

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@intrepidgirl

Well thats where I've been going wrong - I gotta hide the cleaning supplies - you are too funny! - great idea!

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