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I routinely wipe down my fiddle every time but rosin seems to be building up beneath the strings. It's getting sticky and tacky and I'm afraid it's probably getting worse each time I play.
Is there a product that you guys use or recommend that will safely clean it off or should I leave that to a luthier?
I use the dark violin rosin by Kolstein, I know it's a more sticky rosin but it barely leaves a residue.
All help and suggestions are greatly appreciated!
My luthier recommend denatured alcohol (ethanol, the stuff you can drink, not methanol (aka wood alcohol)). Be sure to use something like plastic wrap to protect the violin from it (safest way would probably be to take off the string).
I've heard the cork idea before, too; from Fiddlerman, if I remember right.
You can go to a liquor store and get Everclear. These days, finding a bottle of wine with a real cork in it may actually be harder.