dust bunny in violin??
I found a dust bunny inside of my violin the other day? I got it out but I'm wondering how a dust bunny either got inside of my violin or worse, accumulated inside of my violin? has anyone ever experienced something similar? is this harmless or I should I be cleaning my instrument in some way that I'm not already? can you vacuum out a violin?
This happened to me once. One of the repair specialists at our local shop was able to remove it (I had made mutiple failed attempts to do so), and said that they frequently saw this happen in older instruments. Not sure whether there's a way to prevent it--I'd be interested to know as well.
Rice is often used.
Dry, uncooked, Rice.
It happens all the time. Elderly Instruments in Michigan has been collecting "tone balls" for years and has dozens of examples by make, model and year of the host instrument. Some from rather famous musicians and/or instruments. It's a pretty awesome display. Like Edward mentioned, a luthier will typically use rice to clean it out. Make sure you wipe down your instrument every time you're done playing and store it in it's case when you're not using it.
But don't use brown rice. Too much arsenic.
A couple weeks ago I took my violin to a luthier for its once a year checkup, and he found one such dust bunny. The violin is not too old, made in 1964, and I take good care of it, and yet it still had accrued the bunny. Interestingly enough, the luthier did not use rice, but a special little tool.
My beater fiddle has a rattlesnake rattle in it. Supposedly this thing sliding around in the fiddle cleans all the nooks and crannies of any offending dust bunnies. No snakes were harmed in this process. Ok, one was harmed.
Bunnies are adorable.
Do the rattlesnakes eat the bunnies?
Don't put rice in your instrument. Then you'll be trying to get out rice and dust bunnies. Blow into one of the f holes and see if it dislodges. If you can get it by the f holes, a cotton swab will catch it.
My dust bunnies could be up to two centuries old.
Yehudi Menuhin used uncooked rice to remove dust, as others above have noted. It seems safer than blowing into your violin or using tools that could damage the F holes or finish.
tweezers if it's big enough, and if not, then is it a problem?
Some people keep them in there for good luck.