I'm very bad at this maintenance issue... more of knowing what to do than doing it. I know the basic stuff- such as cleaning the rosin residue with a cloth after each practice, if there's any rosin on the bow wood, wipe that also... but everything else? such as, cleaning the strings (other than wiping off the rosin after each practice also) with alcohol? or taking my violin to a shop to get it checked to see if there's anything wrong with the bridge/soundpost/tailpiece, etc? and how about cracks? is there a more definite way to check for cracks other than just looking (my college dorm has a super heater in winters and just crazy humidity/weather situation)? is there anything else I should/could be checking for the well being of my instrument?
And really quickly, my pegs are really hard to move, I only have an E string fine tuner, which is also really stubborn and wouldn't move (though it's not fully tightened)... about a week ago I used some peg drops and all the pegs were fine then. But now, already, my D & G pegs aren't working smoothly again. How often should I be applying peg drops (is this normal? I mean, the peg going so "sticky" again so soon) and is there a different solution to this?
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