Will my violin be ok???
Today I just had a school production and I was playing in a band. In one of the scenes, somebody has to squirt water on the audience, but a lot of it went on my violin while playing, and after the show I went to go check inside my violin, and part of my label in the f hole is soaked, the left and right hole a bit. Will my violin be ok?? Will the wood eventually rott or crack?? What should I do?
I'm very very angry this happened, as they did not squirt water in the previous shows and did not tell me in advance, otherwise I could of brought my cheaper violin to the shows. But no, instead they had to squirt water on my very special Mirecourt violin.
Get it checked out by a professional. Do not make assumptions. However I hope you do have instrument insurance from someone reliable who you can always call for help.
But first, don't forget to put that bottle inside his b*tt)))
I'm not a luthier or an expert, but I am an engineer and I have some experience with wood as a material.
Darren, I think you and your parents should write a letter of complaint to the organisers of the event. It seems obvious that the organisers would be responsible for damage caused to persons or property arising out of actions on stage, so I would expect them to have their own insurance to cover circumstances such as you have described. If your violin is insured then it could come down to insurance companies writing to each other.
Best thing would be to get the violin to a professional as soon as possible.
How in heavens a scene with an orchestra, full of expensive wooden instruments, has in the TO DO list to squirt water, no matter if it's "only" to the audience?
You've gotten good advice. All I can add is that this is utterly unacceptable. You and/or your parents need to write an angry (but civil) letter to the faculty member in charge of the play, cc'ing the administration, outlining exactly what happened, the potential damage it could cause, the fact that you had no warning, and that you expect a written apology as well as compensation for any expenses incurred by having the violin checked out and possibly repaired.
The letter should be accompanied by an invoice for the luthier's bench charge for examining your violin and, of course, for the cost of any remediation such as may be required in his/her professional judgement. If they injured an audience member they would be rushing to pay that person's medical expenses.
Thank you for your responses
Don't panic. Probably the sound of your violin is the same as before. Yeah it's a drag that the label was messed up. Hopefully you had a photo of it beforehand.
We all feel for you - and I hope that this is just a memory and a small side-line-addition to the future history of your instrument.
What a dumb idea that was, even if the audience was the intended target. I would be royally p%$#@ if someone squirted water at me in a show. Your biggest concerns I would presume are the varnish and seems, not to mention the messed up label. There had to be a fair bit of water if the label got damaged. If that happened to me, I think I would have used rice to absorb the humidity. Since rice is often used to catch dust in violins, it would be OK to use I think. I presume you quickly dried off water on the outside, but hopefully the varnisy is intact. An unglued seems isn't the end of the world either, easy fix, but you should watch for it however. The label isn't too much of an issue as long as you have a proper appraisal for the instrument, but it is annoying nonetheless and you have reason to be upset. Many times labels are fake, so no experts would rely on them anyhow.
Hi Darren, you have every right to be upset, and I hope your violin is unharmed. I'd be very interested to find out what the luthier says (as I'm sure others here are as well). Please post a follow-up to let us know what happened and if the violin is okay.
I wouldn't put rice inside a moist violin. It's likely stick in various places, with pieces coming loose and falling out for a long time, causing buzzes in the interim.