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I know it's been covered in the past, but I am just curious and would like to know what we all do to maintain our violins. I don't do any tinkering... end of story. I change strings. That is it.
So I always wipe down with a cloth. I have a separate cloth for the body and a separate cloth for my strings.
Should I take my violin to a shop once a year for an inspection since I don't do any sort of sound post adjusting? Should I remove pegs and clean the box.. or maybe just use q-tips to swab it out?
Is there a chance that dust can build up in the violin? If so does it make a difference, and how should we clean it out.
If a violin is brand new, is it okay to just play for years until some wear is noticed on the Bridge, or nut? or does that even happen?
Thoughts and input? Also if anyone wants to talk about bow maintenance and care that would be good too.
Vibrato Desperato.... Desperately seeking vibrato
I already have grooves in my fingerboard. Well not actual grooves per say, but definite wear. I assume that meant it was a cheap fingerboard and I used too much pressure. I've only been playing for less then 3 years.
Opportunity is often missed because it wears suspenders and looks like hard work.
One bit of maintenance that I would suggest is that any time you change strings, graphite the grooves on the nut and the bridge. Just take a sharp pencil and carefully color in the grooves while there's no string in them. It will save you some fuss when tuning, and will help keep the strings from cutting into the wood nut and bridge.
That also can be troubleshooting/repair. If you felt the peg move when you were tuning, but there was no pitch change, a little graphite would likely fix that.
Graphite is a fine dust and it vibrates out over time as the instrument is played, so redoing it when you change strings or if a string doesn't seem to move when you try to tune it can save some headaches.
"This young wine may have a lot of tannins now, but in 5 or 10 years it is going to be spectacular, despite the fact that right now it tastes like crude oil. You know this is how it is supposed to taste at this stage of development." ~ Itzhak Perlman