Investing in musical instruments such as violins for your kids is a good idea. It enables them to express their creative side, and also makes it easier for them to develop other aspects of their personality such as their ability to socialize with people and try new things. In addition to that, it has been found that participating in the arts may also result in better cognitive function overall.
However, one thing you may be keen on as a parent is how to ensure that your investment is not wasted. When you buy your child an instrument such as a violin, chances are that you will have spent quite a bit of money on it. Seeing it become damaged or lose its quality is painful, and may even make it less appealing for your child. To prevent this, you need to know what to do to take care of a violin. Some of the most important things you can do include:
Store it in a case humidifier
Violins are predominantly made of wood. Wood tends to be affected by the humidity levels in the air, contracting and expanding as the humidity changes. When such changes are too extreme and too frequent, it could result in permanent damage to the violin. To prevent this, you should ensure that the violin is exposed to constant humidity levels of between 30 and 40%.
This can be achieved through different means, such as by storing the violin in an environment where you will be guaranteed that this humidity will be maintained. You could also invest in humidifiers or dehumidifiers to achieve the same. In the same breath, you should also avoid exposing the violin to extreme temperatures. For instance, you should not leave it in the car. During the summer, the temperatures can be very high in such an enclosed space, and in winter it can become very cold.
Cleaning the violin
Regular cleaning of the violin is necessary to maintain its look and sound. You can do this using a clean and dry piece of cloth. Rosin dust build up has the effect of making the varnish dull, and will also reduce the quality of sound produced by the violin. In addition to cleaning the dust off the violin, you should also avoid over-rosining it. You should also clean the violin thoroughly by using a violin polish solution once in a while.
Replace the strings on a regular basis
Even if the violin is not played regularly, the strings tend to lose their brilliance, which means that the violin will end up sounding dull. To avoid this, you need to regularly replace the strings. It is recommended that this be done at least every year. The strings should be replaced one at a time to prevent damage to the bow.
Repair cracks as soon as they are noticed
Once you notice a crack on the violin, have it repaired immediately. Leaving it in place for too long could result in lengthening of the crack, and may also result in accumulation of dirt within it.