Category: Care & Maintenance

The Fiddle and Winter Humidity

Although it hasn’t officially arrived yet, Winter is quickly approaching the Northern Hemisphere, and cold air is already creeping in. Here where I live in Pennsylvania, we’ve already had nights where the mercury has plunged into the low teens (Fahrenheit) and days that have struggled to reach the freezing mark. With these lower temperatures comes…

Caring for a Fiddle

I bought my first fiddle back about nine months ago, and I remember reading all about caring for it because I wanted to keep it perfect. I was determined to keep it looking it’s best and maintaining it so it would always sound great, my playing ability not withstanding! Well, nine months later, and other…

The String Cleaner

A couple of months ago I bought a nifty little accessory called The String Cleaner from the Fiddlershop. At $19.99, I thought it was a bit expensive and wasn’t real sure how effective it would be, but I took a chance on it anyway. Now, I’m glad I did! Constant practicing and playing leaves behind…

When to Change Strings

I have read that the rule of thumb recommends I should change my strings every six months, and since I am coming up on the six month mark since I purchased my Fiddlerman Concert Violin, I decided to look a little further into this subject. Upon further reading, I have found out that the rule…

Protecting My Fiddle

Realizing a fiddle is a delicate and fragile instrument which can be easily damaged and must be carefully cared for, I wrote a post a couple of months back about the concerns of Temperature and Humidity Exposure on the fine and sensitive wood used to build a fiddle. I also wrote another post about Violin…

Violin Hangers and Holders

The advice I read is don’t let your violin hide in a case; leave your fiddle out so that you see it and it’s readily handy; it is the best motivation for practicing. This is easier said than done when doing so might mean easily damaging it by accident or detrimental environmental factors. Right now,…

Temperature and Humidity Exposure

When it comes to caring for a fiddle, exposure to temperature and humidity extremes are concern number one. Because cold air holds less moisture than warm air, keeping my house’s humidity level at between 40-60% is very difficult during the Winter. It is not unusual for this level to be in the 20-30 range for…

Dampit

Whether you live in a hot, dry desert area or in the freezing arctic zone, the scientifically tested Dampit humidifier will protect your instrument against damage. The original humidifier for string instruments, Dampit has been protecting wood instruments for over 40 years. Invented and patented in 1966 by profesional violinist and composer, Ralph Hollander, the…