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Tummy Fuzz

March 10, 2008 at 1:51 AM


Has this ever happened to anyone else? I am absolutely flabbergasted! My violin has tummy fuzz!! I had always heard that it happens, but I never thought it'd happen to my violin! It's huge! I can't believe I missed it after all these years.

From T Netz
Posted on March 10, 2008 at 3:36 AM
OMG...I'm scared to look in the cello! Yikes!!
From Karen Allendoerfer
Posted on March 10, 2008 at 11:02 AM
Where did you see this fuzz and how did you know it was there? Was it right by the f-hole or did the instrument start sounding funny first and then you looked?
From Tom Holzman
Posted on March 10, 2008 at 2:40 PM
Did you let your cat get into your instrument?
From Maggie Poxson
Posted on March 10, 2008 at 2:40 PM
Put some grains of uncooked rice in your violin, slide them back and forth, and then empty them out of the f-holes. You may be surprised to see the dust that comes out. Make sure that you remove all of the rice.
From Diane Lai
Posted on March 10, 2008 at 4:55 PM
I just happened to see it roll by as I was cleaning my violin before I put it away after practicing. I don't have any cats or dogs. I will definitely have to try the rice technique. =)
From Stephen Brivati
Posted on March 11, 2008 at 10:58 PM
they asre common. I have bene storing threm in my navel behind a dried prune for years.
From Paul Kim
Posted on March 12, 2008 at 4:58 PM

Put it back, put it back!

Didn't you know that dust bunnies impart that 'magical' something to your violin that master construction, Italian varnish and even love can't provide?

On the flipside, they do require occasional grooming or they have a tendency to grow out of control ...


From Kristin Mortenson
Posted on March 12, 2008 at 6:21 PM
I had one in my first full-size violin--an old Klotz. I named it Lenny. (the fuzzball, not the fiddle) I'd always assumed they only showed up in old violins, but when a student was looking at new instruments a few weeks ago, we found one in there. I made the mistake of blowing into the f-hole and ended up with fur and wood shavings in my eyes.

Oughtta have a warning label...

From Stephen Brivati
Posted on March 13, 2008 at 12:25 AM
>blowing into the f-hole and ended up with fur and wood shavings in my eyes.

That`s interesting. I get that evrytime I sneak up behind my cat and spray it with anti flea products.

From Hope Paolotto
Posted on March 13, 2008 at 3:02 AM
I had about 3 dust balls in an old violin of mine. It came that way and I sold it to someone else a while later with the dust balls still in it. I felt removing them would be against the violin's wishes...
From Kim Vawter
Posted on March 13, 2008 at 4:18 AM
Is this a "term" that I failed to learn? All this advanced
terminology! I must ask my teacher when I was going to learn about this stuff. He is a very creative teacher.
I'll bet he has an invention to take care of this stuff too.

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