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bunify
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do you need to get your violin serviced? Also, not sure what is involved or if it is necessary ?

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I read an article about the 10,000 Note Check Up

https://www.vermontviolins.com.....-a-luthier

I'm sure some of the members here who have owned violins for much longer than I have will provide some practical answers for you.

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bunify said
do you need to get your violin serviced? Also, not sure what is involved or if it is necessary ?

It makes a huge difference if you've never had your instrument adjusted. A brand new instrument, whether it be a $20,000 violin or a $500 violin, changes shape from the climate and moving or changing the soundpost can improve the instrument drastically.

If a person doesn't adjust their own bridge by making sure it's at least perfectly straight, it can begin to warp, which is not good.

Wiping the strings and instrument off regularly with a dry clean cloth can help it vibrate freer.

Changing strings every 3-6 months, depending on usage, can give your instrument a clearer tone as well. Strings can loose their beauty when they are dry and tired.

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

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Another question along this line. I read somewhere that we should bring our violins to get checked lit once a year to get the tuning pegs, soundpost, tailpiece, etc all checked out. Is this something we should do once a year? 

They call me, “Mellow Cello” 

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cid said
Another question along this line. I read somewhere that we should bring our violins to get checked lit once a year to get the tuning pegs, soundpost, tailpiece, etc all checked out. Is this something we should do once a year? 

  

It depends on the climate you live in. If you have large seasonal changes in humidity, you should do it at least once a year, possibly even twice a year. In California, where it stays dry all year, I can get away with a a checkup every two or three years.

My luthier does a quick 5-minute inspection free of charge every time I go in for any other service, so I get that quick check every time I have a bow rehaired (on average every 8-12 months) and get a cleaning and detailed check-up every 2 years or so.

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I never thought a violin had many issues that need servicing.. that’s cause if I buy a violin here I am unable to get free servicing compared to if I get it in a shop here. I don’t live in America..

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