Questions and answers about violin building
- My bow is losing hair!
- My bow can no longer be tightened!
- The hairs no longer properly grip the strings while playing!
- My Violin rattles!
- My varnish has become dull and gummy!
- Inexplicable scratches are occurring on the bottom of the violin cover!
- How must the bridge be positioned?
- The bridge is no longer straight after tightening the strings!
- Where must the sound post be positioned?
- Do I own a genuine Stradivarius?
- My pegs no longer hold properly. They slip and cant be turned!
- Problems in Winter
- String Studies
- Which string is recommended for my instrument?
- How did Stradivari build his intruments?
Problems in Winter
Cold winters and the dry air from indoor heating present a huge challenge to an instrument and in the winter months, our workshop is often besieged by customers whose instruments are cracked or have openings between ribs and belly or back. Of course this problem goes hand in hand with changes, sometimes big ones, of the instruments sound.
Please follow the following tips for the care of your instrument:
Regularly tap the rim of your instrument with your knuckles and, should a hole exist, it will become noticeable by the cracking noise made.
I recommend the purchase of a Dampit
a plastic tube that is hung damp into the instrument (approx. 10,40 Euro), visit Stradivarishop.
Before use, the tubes excess water should be squeezed into a towel. Water drops cannot be allowed to enter the instrument. The Dampit dries surprisingly quickly in very dry air.
Last update on 2012-02-02 by Haat-Hedlef Uilderks.