Keep your string instruments
looking and sounding their best
Your decision to buy a new instrument
means that maintenance will not be a major part of your life.
Caring for your Prodigy Instrument doesnít have to be
difficult or time-consuming. It can be as easy as
following a simple routine
, as prescribed by your teacher, and remembering these helpful care of string instruments tips from the luthiers at Prodigy.
Ten tips for caring for Prodigy string instruments
Wash your hands before playing.
Know where string instruments are
Keep your instrument clean.
Clean your bow.
Loosen the bow hair after playing.
Always use the case.
Consider investing in a better case.
Learn to do simple maintenance.
Know when to visit a professional.
Protect your instrument from
1. String instruments get dirt from
one major source, you!
Think of all the things your hands touch
in a day. You can be transferring minute particles from
everything you touch to your instrumentís strings and
fittings. Even if they appear clean to the
eye, your instrument can still be affected by unseen
contaminations, sweat and acid from your hands.
Washing your hands
handling your instrument is a good habit to get into.
2. Avoid touching the varnished areas of your string instruments
Necks are not varnished on most string
instruments, including Prodigy. So the neck is the
best place to hold your instrument. Endpins and
chinrests are also less likely to be damaged by your hands. So
feel free to hold your instrument by them, particularly if
youíre using two hands. Perspiration and abrasion from fingers
can degrade the varnish
damage the instrument.
Clean string instruments will naturally last longer and
Always wipe the strings,
fingerboard and the top of your instrument with a
soft cloth before putting it back in its case. Remove
and make sure any dirt or sweat from your
fingers has been removed from the fingerboard. Dirty strings
and fingerboards compromise your Prodigy instrumentís natural
good looks. If left to corrode they will eventually require
Bows must also be kept clean
Run your cleaning cloth between the stick
and the hair of your bow to remove rosin from the
Ensure that your bow makes it back into the case as clean as
when it came out.
5. Take the pressure off
Loosen the bow hair before
putting the bow back in the case. Itís a very simple
thing to do. But failing to do so will stretch the hair and
eventually, the stick will become weakened, causing it to
warp. Loosening the hair relieves this needless pressure,
which results in a longer lasting bow
We include a case with every instrument for a good reason
How you choose to store and transport
your string instruments has a great long-term effect on their
appearance, playability, sound and value. Repair shops report
that the majority of damage they see
results from careless placement of string instruments
after use. Quite simply, if your instrument is not in
your capable hands, it should be in its case. There, it is
safe from almost any potential harm
We said, ďalmostĒ any potential harm
Prodigy provides a good high-quality case
with every string instrument. But depending on your rehearsal
and travel schedule, it might be prudent to invest in
. This stronger, heavier case is
resistant to higher levels of impact, pressure and temperature
extremes. Your instructor can recommend a case that suits your
Day to day maintenance will bring you closer to your Prodigy
There are many examples of simple
maintenance that you can participate in. Keeping your string
instruments clean and safe is the first order of business.
something that musicians can learn to do themselves. Your
instructor will take you through those steps when the time is
Visit a professional Luthier regularly
Take your Prodigy Instrument and bow to a
qualified repair shop from time to time. Minor
adjustments, such as straightening the bridge,
adjusting the soundpost, cleaning accumulated rosin and dirt,
repairing minor openings, must always be done by
also includes rehairing of bows, repairing or replacing grips.
If youíre not sure, take your instrument and bow to the repair
shop. Qualified service is your best insurance to maintain
your instrumentís long-term value.
Well meaning friends can damage your instrument without even
As a musician, youíve spent a huge
portion of your life learning how to look after your string
instruments. Eventually, caring for your instrument, and
handling it properly becomes second nature. Those who donít
play string instruments always want to hold them and play with
them. But itís imperative that you resist the
temptation to let non-musicians handle your Prodigy
Instrument. Playing music is fun. Having your
instrument damaged by someone, even someone who means well, is
no fun at all. Thereís no point in trying to explain why they
canít touch your instrument. They just donít understand all
the things that can affect string instruments. The best policy
with people who donít play is to leave your instrument
in its case. Buying your Prodigy Instrument new means
that care and upkeep is never a chore. But there are many other reasons why your Prodigy instrument is such a great
. Now that you know how
to take care of them, get up close and
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