Selection and Care Tips for Stringed Instruments
These are articles that appeared in a newsletter that Meadowood published in its first seven years. Some contain edits that we've made more recently and some have videos demonstrating the text (videos embedded in web sites was not an available technology in 2000).
Well, that depends.
An explanation what's involved in doing it correctly.
Bow mites, also known as museum mites, can cause some problems.
One of the most dangerous problems your wooden instruments face.
Things that cause wood to move and instruments to need adjustment.
Bridges are unique to the instrument they serve.
Courteous treatment of other people's instruments.
What to expect as your instrument settles.
Indeed, a crucial consideration for the wellbeing of your instrument.
You should know the benefits and liabilities before going out to look.
In VERY few cases is it a good idea to refinish an instrument.
Indeed it does.
There are ways that are more slick and effective than others.
It is different from the stuff you find at a lumber yard in a lot of ways.
Amplifying an instrument well requires some finesse.
Violin familiy instruments, guitars and mandolins crack predictably.
The angle of the neck is crucial to volume and playability.
Heat is neck-in-neck with dehydration as a risk to your instrument.
Yes. Learn the basics here.
What causes these problems and why they matter.
Tips on keeping your instrument safe and available.
Working on musical instruments requires expertise & attention to detail.
If it has significant financial value, you probably should.
It depends on your size and the kind of sound you are seeking.
Because a lack of humidity can badly damage an instrument.
Some cleaners and polishes are NOT a good choice.
You can prevent these problems most of the time.
How to choose the right combination of price, weight and protection.
Many, many reasons.
It depends on the sound you are seeking and your experience level.
Sombody exposed the instrument to a sudden temperature change.
It could be as simple as how you put on the strings.
There are steps you can take to protect it and, now, laws to protect it.
Your instrument might need a set-up.
Buzzing is one of the most frustrating problems on stringed instruments.
If your instrument can't produce correct pitches, you won't sound good..