Looking after your instrument in hot weather

July 6, 2018, 5:09 AM · 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.

Henriette de Vrijer

Replies

July 8, 2018 at 08:23 AM · This is all common practice. My teacher had a wall attached glass windowed cabinet with 7 great violins amongst others a Amati. He always kept a bowl with fresh water in the cabinet. Makes sense, this was more than 50 years ago. My teacher, Adriaan van Driem, 2nd concertmaster Concertgebouworkest passed away some years ago. I miss him, he thought me what is important in life an playing violin.

July 8, 2018 at 01:43 PM · Thank yoi!

July 8, 2018 at 01:44 PM · Thank you very much!

July 8, 2018 at 08:58 PM · Good memories!

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