INSTRUMENT MAINTENANCE


Cyndi Hall's Music Studio offers a wide variety of services to keep your instrument in top shape. 

Whether you are a student, community professional, school music program or foundation, your instruments should be serviced on a regular basis in order to sound their best and last for years to come. 


String Instrument Care & Maintenance

Cyndi Hall's Music Studio offers full service maintenance and minor repairs for violins, violas, cellos and basses. From instrument set-up to replacing fingerboard, repairing cracked seams, making new bridges, replacing parts, or re-hairing your bow with high quality Mongolian horse hair and live stallion for professionals, all work is done in our shop. Affordable pricing, pick-up and delivery, and on occasion we make emergency house calls.  

Have a violin or bow you don't know what to do with?  

 

How about donating it to Cyndi Hall's Music Studio and we will restore it and find it a new home, help you donate it to under-served students in the community, or help you sell it on consignment!  


Contact us to schedule a repair/re-hair or to donate your old bow or instrument


Instrument Care Tips

Care

The care of your instruments begins when you purchase or rent.  It is important to keep your instrument in its case when not in use and away from environmental hazards such as air-conditioning, heat, direct sun and rain, pets and siblings.  Just because an instrument is in its case, doesn't mean it is free from harm.  many instruments can be damaged by swinging the case, setting it down too hard or up-side-down, etc. Treat it with respect and it will last a long time with low maintenance. 

Cleaning and Polishing

There is no need to use anything but a soft cloth to clean your instrument.  Use two soft clothes, one for strings and one for the instrument body.  Wipe the strings and instrument off after every use, including under the fingerboard, bridge and tailpiece.  Any rosin left on the instrument may potentially harm the varnish.  

Bridge Care 

Each time you take your instrument out of its case, before tuning, check to make sure the bridge is straight and in its proper position.  The bridge should be centered between the f holes with one third of the bridge foot on the G-string side behind the inside notch, or centered between the two notches.  sometimes the bridge is positioned differently. no need to worry, the set-up may be different to accommodate fingerboard placement issues, or tone quality issues.  If you have any questions, please contact us for assistance.

Pegs 

When pegs fit properly they move smoothly.  All string instruments have peg problems from time to time for many reasons.  If you find your pegs are sticking or slipping, lubricate them with a little peg dope.  One swipe where the pegs fit against the peg hole is all you need, only work on one peg at a time.  After applying, give the pegs a few turns then re-string your instrument. You may experience slippage after lubricating, but after a couple of days this will subside and you should have smooth turning pegs.  

New Instruments

It is important to recognize that if you have purchased a newly made instrument, it needs time to settle in.  If you notice any changes in the instruments playability, bring it in for a check-up.  Every instrument is different, and some settle in quickly while others take more time and adjustments before they settle.  All instruments, old or new,  need a yearly check-up and adjustments to keep them playing well and to make sure there are no problems developing.  

Strings

Students often neglect changing their strings.  Don't wait until a string breaks to change it.  If you notice wear on a string, it's time to change it.  If you notice a change in sound quality, change the stings.  If you play several hours per day and perform regularly, change them frequently.  How often will depend upon your budget and performance level. 

Re-hairing Bow

Bow-rehairing is another necessary maintenance issue that often gets neglected.  One way to reduce frequent re-hairs is to wash your hands before playing, keep your finger from touching the bow hair, keep your bow in your case when not in use and wipe the stick after playing or practicing.  Loosen the bow hair before putting the bow your case, this will prevent hair slippage and deformation of your stick.

When do you need to re-hair your bow?  Most often when the hair gets dirty, or you notice that your having difficulty grabbing the strings, putting too much rosin on your bow in order to get a good sound (you only need a small amount) or your bowing feels like you are cutting into the strings.  The more you play, the more frequently you need to re-hair your bow.  If you are not sure, ask!

Many luthiers don't want to spend their time re-hairing student bows.  They often encourage students to buy another bow instead.  Don't! Every bow is re-hairable, it may not be cost effective for them, but to Cyndi Hall's Music Studio your bow is worth it!