Welcome to our Violin and Viola Care Guide!


At CMA, we know how special your string instrument is to you. Proper care and maintenance are key to preserving its beauty and ensuring it sounds its best. Whether you’re just starting out or have been playing for years, our guide is here to offer simple, effective tips to keep your violin or viola in excellent condition. We’re delighted to support you in your musical journey and help you create beautiful music for years to come!


1. Regular Cleaning

  • Wipe Down After Each Use: Use a soft, dry cloth to wipe down the body and strings of the violin after each use to remove rosin dust and sweat.
  • Clean the Fingerboard: Periodically clean the fingerboard with a cloth dampened with a little bit of water. Avoid getting water on the body of the violin.


2. Proper Storage

  • Use a Case: Always store your violin in a hard case when not in use to protect it from physical damage.
  • Avoid Extreme Temperatures: Keep the violin away from direct sunlight, heaters, and air conditioners to prevent warping and cracking.


3. Maintain Humidity

  • Use a Humidifier: Store the violin with a humidifier, especially in dry climates or during winter, to maintain optimal humidity levels (40-60%).
  • Monitor Conditions: Use a hygrometer to monitor the humidity levels in your storage area.


4. String Care

  • Regular Replacement: Change strings every 3-6 months, depending on usage, to maintain sound quality and playability.
  • Check for Wear: Regularly inspect strings for signs of wear and tear, and replace them as needed.


5. Bow Maintenance

  • Rehair the Bow: Have the bow rehaired by a professional every 6-12 months, or more frequently if used heavily.
  • Tighten and Loosen: Always loosen the bow hair when not in use to prevent overstretching and damage.


6. Bridge and Soundpost

  • Check Alignment: Ensure the bridge is properly aligned and upright. If it leans or moves, have it adjusted by a professional.
  • Soundpost Position: The soundpost should be checked periodically by a luthier to ensure it is in the correct position.


7. Professional Inspections

  • Annual Check-up: Take your violin to a professional luthier once a year for a thorough inspection and maintenance.
  • Address Issues Promptly: If you notice any cracks, buzzing sounds, or other issues, seek professional repair immediately to prevent further damage.



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