Summer is here. How can you care for your instrument when the temperature rises?
A violin, or indeed any string instrument, has an amazing resilience in any weather, be it hot or cold. Most of the time, you will probably find that your instrument copes fine with warmer temperatures. Prevention is the best cure here: use common sense to avoid small issues becoming major repairs.
Whilst the instrument copes fine with the atmosphere gradually warming up, sudden changes in temperature or humidity may cause problems.
What can you do:
How do I notice if there is a problem? Violin glue becomes softer when it gets warm. Generally, when a part of your violin becomes unglued, for instance the back or belly of the instrument and the ribs, you will notice a rattle of fuzzy sound. Take your instrument to a reputable repairer to have it checked out. You can check the glue yourself from time to time by looking at the four corners and by checking if the neck of the violin is still set in straight.
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