Thursday, December 10, 2009

How do I protect my violin from winter climate? I came from the Phils going to Melbourne,Australia b

Suggestions to protect the violin from cracking or getting damaged due to the cold climate of winter?

How do I protect my violin from winter climate? I came from the Phils going to Melbourne,Australia by July.Thxtheater seating

A stringed instrument should always be kept in a moderate environment of about 60鈥?0掳F with 50 percent humidity. A few of us are fortunate enough to live in a region with these constant conditions, but most of us do not. In much of the United States, winters are very cold鈥攚ith heated homes driving the humidity down to 10 or 15 percent鈥攁nd the summers are often hot and humid. If you live in the American Southwest, where it's hot and dry a good deal of the time, you need to take extra measures to stabilize the conditions inside the instrument case. In addition to physical damage, stringed instruments suffer tonally from humidity changes. A dry climate will often cause the tone to become hard, edgy, and dry. Conversely, excess humidity causes instruments to sound dull, thick, and unresponsive.

So how do you maintain the correct temperature and humidity around your instrument? The two basic approaches to consider are managing the humidity within the instrument itself and addressing the climate in the instrument's storage area, that is, in the case. There are many commercial products avail-able, and some home-grown solutions, that take one or the other approach. Here are a few options:

Instrumental Devices

Some players prefer to use a humidifier that goes in the instrument rather than in the case; others decry this practice, fearing that it could expose the wood to direct contact with water. The best-known product of this type is the Dampit, sold in many stores. Models for violin range from $7.50 to $10 each. (Similar products include the Humitron, distributed by RDM Enterprises.) The concept is simple: The Dampit is a flexible, perforated green tube with a sponge inside it. After moistening the sponge, you insert the Dampit into one of the f-holes and leave it in the instrument when you're not playing it. When the sponge inside the Dampit dries out, you simply remoisten it. The drier the climate, the more frequently you need to check the moisture level (in very dry conditions, two Dampits may be needed鈥攐ne in each f-hole).

However, violin makers and dealers鈥攁nd players鈥攁re split in their acceptance of this type of product. Some say you need to check the Dampit diligently in very dry climates to make sure it is consistently moist. And some claim that the Dampit itself can damage an instrument by introducing too much moisture into the instrument's environment. Despite the differing opinions between makers and dealers, most musicians accept this product due to its simplicity.

In the Case

If you want to control the climate in the case, you have several ways to go. A good place to start is to look for a padded case cover, much like the ones made by Bobelock ([800] 862-3468) and Mooradian ( (Note that Mooradian also manufactures covers that other companies sell under their own labels.) These bags offer insulation to protect against both hot and cold weather. And there are other alternatives, though there's no consensus on their value.

You might also consider adding a hygrometer and a humidifier to your case, or buying a case that's equipped with these accessories. A hygrometer measures the level of humidity, while a humidifier can correct dryness. An in-case humidifier often comes in the form of a small tube filled with water-saturated material that releases moisture at a controlled rate.

Many violin and viola cases include a built-in hygrometer and a vaporizer bottle. I find that the little vaporizer bottles don't provide enough humidity in very dry conditions, but they do work in more moderate situations. In its more expensive cases, Musafia ( includes a humidifier that looks like a short string tube. It is perforated and filled with a sponge, and mounted inside the lid of the case鈥揳 rather clever idea. San Francisco Symphony assistant concertmaster Jeremy Constant reportedly purchased a Musafia case partly for its humidifier. "When you're touring in the winter, it's a godsend," he explains, "because everything is so horrifically dry. [Sponge-like humidifiers] are a losing effort unless you are willing to have one in each f-hole."

For the do-it-yourselfer, Radio Shack sells a small combination digital thermometer and hygrometer that you can keep in your case. It costs about $25. For a home-made humidifier, some musicians I know use a plastic 35mm-film canister, perforated with several holes and with a sponge inside (moistened as needed). This is mounted inside the case with Velcro. One musician I know uses a travel soap container, also perforated and with a sponge inside.

A more elaborate and reportedly efficient in-case approach is the Stretto system, distributed by Shar Products ( It includes a hygrometer and thermometer to monitor the climate, and several perforated pouches that you moisten as needed to maintain the appropriate humidity level. The system costs about $79, the humidifier alone costs $44.


Even if you use one of the humidification systems mentioned in this article, you should take additional steps to protect your violin, viola, cello, or double bass. I strongly recommend the following:

Avoid extremes in temperature or humidity.

Never leave your instrument in a closed car. Besides the possibility of theft, on a hot, sunny day the temperature in the passenger compartment can quickly rise to 120掳F or more.

Never put your instrument in the trunk of your car, especially when it is hot or cold.

Don't store your instrument near a heater or air conditioner.

Unless your home is well insulated, don't store your instrument near an outside wall.

How do I protect my violin from winter climate? I came from the Phils going to Melbourne,Australia by July.Thxlyric opera opera theater

well...I live in Texas...where it can get really hot and can also hurt my violin...but I just always make sure to keep it at a mild temperated area. I would put extra cloths on it just in case and also just try to keep it anywhere with some sort of warmth...good luck!
I live where it gets really cold, and my violin doesn't usually do anything, just go out of tune a lot...get one of those humidity things and put on a humidifer if it gets too dry

Why do people play "air" violin when someone is upset?

I've seen people before pretend to play violin, almost like air guitar, when someone is either upset or complaining about something. Does anyone know why they do this?

Why do people play "air" violin when someone is upset?theatre tickets

The origin of this action started with the song "Hearts and Flowers" published in 1899. The violin version came to represent in silent films any scenes that were melodramatic, sentimental or mock-tragic. Pretending to play the violin (and humming the tune if you know it) when someone is complaining about something means you are playing "Hearts and Flowers" for their melodramatic scene or problem like was done in the silent movies.

Musician, composer, teacher.

Why do people play "air" violin when someone is upset?opera house opera theater

The violin is an instrument usually associated with sorrow. When one plays an "air violin," he is responding to another's sorrowful state. This is usually a form of sarcasm, representing the lack of care one feels of the other's pain or sorrow.

An example,

Skinny woman says, "I feel so fat today."

Larger woman plays the air violin.

Worker complains about his working conditions.

Boss plays the air violin.
I believe it's called the pity violin. They `pity` the person, so they play the pity violin.

Rather mean if you ask me.
because the violin is usually played in a sad or depressing part of a movie or a play.
a7x is correct : in the old movies whenever a sad part came on, the background music would usually be very sad violin music......... often with a very wide vibrato.
Because they don't have any sympathy for the person - it's the "poor me" "don't you feel sorry for me" attitude that annoys people so they play a pretend violin.
It mean that they don't really care what you're complaining about or think that it is a stupid complain.

How do I keep my violin strings tight?

I have a violin (granted it is of a bit lower quality). The problem I have is the pegs that hold the strings tight lack friction and the strings loosen in the case so they're out of tune. Does anyone know any tricks to keep them taught?

How do I keep my violin strings tight?hollywood theater

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What's the difference in Classical and electric violins and can you use a classical violin shol

I have been playing for over 5 years. Is that long enough to switch to an electric? Another question I have, would it sound right for me to play my electric violin with my classical orchestra if it is not pluged in(will it sound the same)?

What's the difference in Classical and electric violins and can you use a classical violin sholder rest w/them

You can not play an electric violin with an orchestra- without plugging it it the instrument makes very little sound and has no resonance at all. Check the link for comparison pictures.

As to the sound, an electric violin can sound like a regular violin, but there's a difference- I don't think they sound good together.

When was the guitar and violin first discovered in the music history?

And which musical instrument is older..violin or guitar.What do u prefer and like more.

When was the guitar and violin first discovered in the music history?opera music

It is believed that the violin originated from Italy in the early 1500's. It evolved from the fiddle and rebec, both were bowed string instruments from the Medieval period. The violin also emerged from the lira da braccio, a violin-like instrument of the Renaissance period.

It is Andrea Amati who is the known developer of the violin. Amati apprenticed as a lute maker and in 1525, he became a master instrument maker.

The earliest noted violin makers were Gasparo da Sal貌 and Giovanni Maggini, both Italians, but it is during the 17th and early 18th centuries that the art of violin making reached its' peak.

The earliest form of the violin is very different from that of today. The early violins had a neck that was shorter, thicker and less angled. The fingerboard was likewise shorter, the bridge was flatter and the strings were made of gut.

What should I look for in an antique violin?

This is a question for violinists and collectors of fine stringed instruments:

Let's say I was at an auction and an obviously old violin (with a bow and case) was being displayed before it was put up for bid. As a complete novice (who is interested in learning to play and has an appreciation for the history and beauty of these instruments), what should I be looking for when examining the instrument? Please be specific. Don't say "look for good quality" or "make sure it's in good condition". I don't know what good quality or good condition look like. That's what I'm asking. What makes this violin a good or bad investment? What are some signs that it's been well taken care of? Played regularly? Well-made and well-designed? True antique or knock-off? Also, any links to good guides or info pages would be useful.

What should I look for in an antique violin?phantom of the opera

for any string instrument, you should be looking for good tonal quality. This is, however, only one of MANY factors that goes into investing in an instrument. if you are just starting to play, I would not suggest going out to buy a really nice antique, but collecting is fine.

First thing you have to decide is how old you want it to be. If you want a Baroque Violin (the oldest), then that is a completely from most other Violins. you may want to look inside the Violin to see the name of the maker and when it was made (it will be on the label placed below the f-hole on the left).

If you are going to play it eventually, you want to have a really nice-sounding instrument. This decision is opinion oriented, but a novice shouldn't be alone in making a decision like this. Get a friend who is an advanced string musician to help you find the right instrument. A Violin that rings and has a sultry tone, in my opinion, is optimal.

many old instruments need to be repaird, and that can be costly. if you see a Violin that you want to buy, but is in need of reperations, you have to consider whether or not it will be worth it. Keep in mind that instruments often sound even better aftr being repaired.

good luck!

What should I look for in an antique violin?listen to opera opera theater

If you were a novice then you would NOT be buying an old violin at an antique auction.

You would have to play it to see what it sounded like or have an experienced player do that and give an opinion.

Then you would have to look at the condition of the instrument. Are there any cracks or visible defects in the violin ?

Then you would have to consider the provenance of the instrument. Who made it and when ? Where did it come from ? Who has owned it in the past ? Is there documentation to support this ?

A violin that has not been played regularly will sound a bit dull and lifeless. An experienced player will be able to tell by the sound when he/she plays it. Most old violins will show signs of use such as wearing of the varnish and a few chips off the timber in places. This should not detract from the value. The ageing of the varnish is part of the charm of the old violins and should never be touched or fooled with in any way. This would devalue it greatly.

Unfortunately I cannot give you any links because yahoo answers is not letting me post links this morning....I am not sure why? They are not coming up in blue like they usually do.

I have to play a violin solo at a friend's wedding. Any suggestion of what to play??

A SOLO violin part for wedding. PLEEZ HELP!!!!

I have to play a violin solo at a friend's wedding. Any suggestion of what to play??soap opera

You could always play some classic relaxing music.

Some examples are

Salut d' Amour by Elgar

Jesu Joy of Mans Desiring by Bach

Air on the G string by Bach

Canon by Pachelbel

Claire de Lune by Debussy

Panis Angelicus

Romance by Schumann

The Four Seasons by Vivaldi

Wedding Theme by Mendelssohn

Meditation de Thais by Massenet

Violin part of Morning Mood from Peer Gynt by Grieg

Swan by Saint Saens

A Mozart violin concerto

I have to play a violin solo at a friend's wedding. Any suggestion of what to play??city opera opera theater

ask them wat songs they like???
The Wedding Song by Paul Stookey. You can't go wrong with that!

Violin Pieces The Whole World Plays
How about that song they play as the Titanic is sinking?!
OK...why does this seem too easy to me? Perhaps you could ask the Bride and Groom what they would like to hear! I mean, it is their wedding!
It's difficult to find a violin solo that needs no accompany. Can you get a pianist? If so then play Meditation from Thais. A very popular wedding piece..

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