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String instruments are susceptible to changes in weather. Keep the instrument at room temperature whenever possible. Hot emperatures cause the wodd to expand, dry out, and crack. Very hot temperatures will cause the glue that holds the instrument together to fail. Cold temperatures cause the wood to contract, and crack.

A string instrument will dry out if the air lacks humidity. Ideal humidity for a string instrument is between 45 and 50 %. Below 25% humidity is dangerous for the health of any string instrument. Use a dampit in the instrument case, or run a humidifier in the room where the instrument is kept to prevent the instrument from drying out and cracking. If your instrument case does not come with a built-in hygrometer. Purchase one to accurately monitor the humidity level of the room in which the instrument is kept. This is especially important during the winter months, when the heat is turned on.

Instrument Care
The Case
Bow Hair
The Bridge
Instrument Repair
Household Remedies for String Instruments


Purchasing an Instrument
nstrument Sizing for Children

Strings and Instrument Accessories

Types of Strings
Changing a String
Fine Tuners
Chin and Shoulder Rests
Guide to Selecting a Shoulder Rest, Sponge and Chin Rest

Bows and Rosin




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