One has to take serious care of a violin, because scary things can happen to an object so delicate and valuable!
Violins and violas (and the bows that go with them) are notoriously breakable, losable, desirable to steal, etc. Their small size allows us to leave them in harm's way, all too easily, whether that means aimply forgetting the fiddle somewhere or placing it somewhere accident-prone. I personally know two separate people who backed cars over their violins, which they'd innocently placed behind the vehicle while loading it. Eeeek! Nightmare!
For me, probably the worst thing that happened with my fiddle was the two times - not one - when my bow snapped. Once I tripped over it and the stick simply snapped - I was playing in a youth symphony concert and this caused me great distress. It was 100 percent my clumsiness, which was even more distressing! I learned not to hold a bow straight down when climbing steps with the instrument. The other time, it was a very old bow, and when I tightened it, the tip simply snapped off. That time, I blamed the bow, which was from my grandmother's attic and likely had some kind of hairline crack already. Still, it was very dramatic to tighten a bow and have it break!
We all have stories, some more harrowing than others. What is yours? Have you ever actually broken your fiddle in some way? Left it behind somewhere? Did someone else do something to it? Has it been taken from you? And what measures have you taken to keep your violin safe in the future? Do you have suggestions for others? Please choose the answer that is closest for you and then share your experiences in the comments.
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