Hello, I should mention first that I compulsively clean my violin, regularly and also just after playing.
I clean under the fingerboard, the fingerboard, strings, under the tailpiece, and the only places I do not clean are the scroll and the pegbox.
I had some share of incoming and outgoing instruments in my life. My current one is often mistaken to be a brand-new one, although it's from 1958. It hurts my soul a little bit everytime even a tiniest fragment of varnish flakes off.
Without exception, every violin and viola that came to me, initially, they have a LOT of brown-black-purple stain coming off of chinrest fingerboard and neck.
Is it that I'm compulsive, I'm just getting mistreated instruments, or is it that most people just don't clean their instrument?
Even with my current violin, after a week of neglecting cleaning, when I wipe the chinrest with a little bit of rubbing alcohol, and I get the brown-ish stain. I have a feeling this stuff that's coming off of instruments are a mixture of dirt, grease, sweat, dead skin. Which makes me cringe.
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