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, I have no choice but to pack up my fiddle in its case after each practice session because of the low Winter humidity levels in my house here in the northeast. Prolonged exposure to low or high humidity levels can reek havoc on a fiddle, potentially causing cracking or seam separation. However, now that Winter is in its final death throes, the average humidity has risen out of the 20-30% level into the 30-35% level. As Spring progresses, the humidity level should rise to a more fiddle-friendly level between 40-60%, the ideal being 45-55%. Then, I’ll have to deal with the high Summer humidity.
I already have plans to purchase a whole-house humidifier for next Winter. That should make my home have a more fiddle-friendly humidity level. I’m not too concerned about the Summer levels since we air condition the house. (How did we ever do without air conditioning as kids?) Anticipating this, I am now looking at fiddle hangers and holders and freeing my fiddle from it’s 23 hour solitary confinement to it’s case. (It lives the life of a prisoner; 23 hours in it’s cell; 1 hour of recreation.)
I know I could save some money and just leave my fiddle out on a table, chair, or some other surface, but I think that would create an accident waiting to happen, so purchasing a hanger or holder is definitely the way to go, but what type?
Wall mounted hangers are some of the simplest and least expensive hangers. They fasten to a wall using two screws and have padded arms. The violin rests on the heel of the scroll, not the pegs. One arm is usually extends longer and narrower to accommodate the bow.
Stand mounted hangers can be attached to a music or microphone stand depending on the model. They are also on the less expensive side. Like wall mounted hangers, the violin rests on the heel of the scroll, not the pegs, and one arm extends longer to accommodate the bow.
Wall display holders vary in pricing starting in the medium price range for the utilitarian models up to the expensive for a highly decorative and artistic model, some even offering locked cabinets, lighting, and humidity control.
Like wall display models, floor stands can come in from a medium price range to pricey, usually depending on the material used for the stand. Metal is cheaper; wood is more expensive.
At this point, I like the wooden floor stand models, (Fiddlershop Cherry) but not so much for protecting my violin, but because of the beauty of wood. However, I am leaning towards a simple wall display model for two reasons. I like the fact that if it is up on the wall there is probably less a chance it will get damaged. Also, I like that it does not just hang from the heel of the scroll but is cradled at three points distributing the pressure more evenly. Only time will tell which one I choose, but I have some time. The dry Winter has not fully died just yet here in the northeast.