I am blessed to have a violin and bow that I absolutely love. I want to ensure that they remain in great condition as long as I live and long after. Besides changing the strings and re-hairing the bow, what maintenance is required ? I'd like to get feedback from experienced players as well as luthiers regarding recommended maintenance and the frequency they should be performed. I don't want to restrict your feedback, but here are a few questions that come to mind.
1. How often should a violin/bow be professionally cleaned to remove rosin and dirt?
2. I've read that the sound post should be adjusted periodically, but I keep the humidity between 40-60% and my fiddle always sounds great. Should I still have the post adjusted?
3. Is there any maintenance required for the bridge? How long does a bridge last anyway?
4. Do the pegs require any maintenance? I apply peg dope each time I change the strings (about every 2-3 months).
5. Does the chin rest require any maintenance such as tightening or special cleaning? Can the cleaning be done at home, or should it be done by a professional?
6. How often should one re-hair the bow? Last time I had my bow re-haired, it did not make a lot of difference. How can you tell when it's time to re-hair?
7. Does the bow require maintenance where the fingers come in contact with it?
8. Is there any maintenance required for the fingerboard? I've heard that after years of playing, the fingerboard can get worn in spots. Does it ever need to be changed or re-shaped?
9. Are there any other maintenance tasks that I have not listed?
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