Maintenance tips

Always wash your hand before handling your instrument.

Regularly polish your instrument with a soft cloth

Regularly check the position of your bridge (see drawing). The back of the bridge, facing the tailpiece, should have an angle of about 90 degrees in relation to the body of the instrument.

Regularly replace your strings. Old string could sound unclear and might give problems tuning your instrument.

Place a piece of cloth over your instrument when you keep it in its case to prevent scratching by your bow or other accessories.

Bows

Always unwind your bow when not playing.

Try not to touch the hairs of your bow.

Also don’t use excessive rosin.

Do not wind up your more than is necessary. It should be wound up just enough so that the hairs don’t touch the wood of your bow when playing.

If a hair on your bow breaks, do not pull it out, but cut it, so the rest of the hair stays in position.

Humidity

Humidity in the Netherlands can vary greatly depending on the seasons and environment. Wood, and therefore wooden instruments, will shrink when it’s dry, and expand in humid conditions.
Sensitivity to humidity can very among instruments, due to differences in shape, type of wood and size. A cello tends to respond more than a violin to changes in humidity, sue to its size.

In excessively humid conditions, an instrument could expand in places, causing joints to open, the angle of the neck might drop, and tuning pegs might become difficult to turn.

In excessively dry conditions, due to shrinkage, cracks could form in the wood and glue joints might also open and tuning pegs might be pulled loose by the pull of the strings.

Most insurance policies exclude coverage of damage due to environmental conditions, which includes changes in humidity.

Humidity

Humidity in the Netherlands can vary greatly depending on the seasons and environment. Wood, and therefore wooden instruments, will shrink when it’s dry, and expand in humid conditions.
Sensitivity to humidity can very among instruments, due to differences in shape, type of wood and size. A cello tends to respond more than a violin to changes in humidity, sue to its size.

In excessively humid conditions, an instrument could expand in places, causing joints to open, the angle of the neck might drop, and tuning pegs might become difficult to turn.

In excessively dry conditions, due to shrinkage, cracks could form in the wood and glue joints might also open and tuning pegs might be pulled loose by the pull of the strings.

Most insurance policies exclude coverage of damage due to environmental conditions, which includes changes in humidity.
To prevent damage, it is important to be aware of the humidity in the environment where you keep your instrument.
Therefore, it is advisable to purchase a good quality hygrometer.
An optimal humidity in the Netherlands would be around 60 percent at a temperature of 20 degrees Celsius.

Also be aware that warmer air can hold more moisture than cold air.
Also, an instrument is slower to respond to changes in humidity than a hygrometer.

Be especially alert during dry, sunny weather in combination with low temperatures, as humidity could drop significantly during such periods.
An instrument humidifier like a “Dampit” can prevent an instrument from becoming too dry. In such a case, keep the instrument in a closed case, to limit evaporation.
Bewaar het instrument dan juist in de gesloten kist.

In humid conditions, maintain good ventilation and keep your instrument out of its case, or leave it’s case open in a well ventilated room.

If your house is extremely dry or humid, it would be advisable to purchase a humidifying or dehumidifying machine.