Preventive Maintenance of String Instruments by Albert C. Muller

Senior Member: American Society of Appraisers

Member: The American Federation of Violin and Bow Makers, Inc

Member: The Violin Society of America

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White Violin

The very best maintenance is to guard your instrument from anyone who may not have the knowledge of how to handle a string instrument. Mishandling of instruments too often results in scratches to the varnish and/or dents to edges of the top or back, and even cracks that result in costly repairs by qualified people.


Muller Welcome

This same principle applies to the bows for string instruments:

  1. Always let the hairs loose when not in use.
  2. Do not attempt to rehair a bow yourself. This should always be done by expertly trained people.

King Mulller

 In regards to the instrument:

  1. Do not glue anything in connection with a damaged instrument or allow helpful persons to do it. Commercially available glues and cements are unfit for the repair of stringed instruments. Take your instruments to experts only.
  2. Save all loose splinters, chips, or other fragments of damaged instruments, also loose parts, etc. and take them to the repair shop with the instrument.
  3. If there is damage to the peg box, a loose fingerboard, or loose neck, always loosen the strings, taking the tension off the broken part.
  4. Always keep your instrument clean and polished. Carefully wipe the rosin dust off the violin when through playing.