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After each use, wipe the rosin off of the strings and instrument body using a soft cloth. Rosin left on the instrument body will eat away the varnish. Over time, the value of the instrument will depreciate and the instrument will look ugly. Rosin left on the strings will affect the tone by preventing the bow from "grabbing" the string properly.

Once every two or three months, the instrument should be polished. For polishing the instrument, do not use household furniture polish. These polishes contain wax, which is not good for the varnish. For best results, use a product that has been specifically developed for cleaning string instruments. If you are not sure if a polish is safe to use, consult a professional. An error in cleaning or polishing can be costly, if not irreparable. You should also consider getting your instrument professionally cleaned and polished on a regular basis.

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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