The violin is an instrument that can be used in a wide variety of fields such as solos and ensembles, and the genres used are various, including classical music, pop music, and movie music. Few people in the world are familiar with the violin instrument. There are professional violin players all over the world, and it is an instrument that is regarded as important in the world of commercial music. It’s such a violin, but how long can you continue to use it?
What is a violin?
The violin is a type of stringed instrument. It is a violin family high-quality musical instrument with a total length of about 60 cm. You can make a sound by stretching the four strings and rubbing them with a bow. It is the smallest violin instrument, and the instrument is placed on the shoulder for playing. Basically it is 4 strings, but in modern times there are improved versions, and there are 5 and 6 string violins. Small violins for children are also made, including 3/4, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/16, 1/32. The common one is 4/4. Bows, strings, and bridges that match fractional instruments are also available on the market. The violin does not have frets like a guitar, so you need to hold it down so that the performer has the correct pitch except for open strings. It may be a little advanced instrument because it is difficult to understand at first.
It is generally said that the life of an instrument is 100 years for a piano and 50-100 years for a guitar. But with the violin, you can live very long. If you treat the violin carefully, it will last for 300 to 400 years, and if it is excellent, it will last for more than 1000 years. This is based on the premise that the violin is managed diligently. It is destined to be short-lived if it is handled poorly or if maintenance is neglected. The violin is truly an instrument of immortality and longevity. There are also examples that have been demonstrated. Stradivari and the famous instruments of that era are still recognized as the highest peak of stringed instruments even after 300 years. However, cheap products and products with initial defects will not last very long.
Routine care of the violin is based on wiping. Use cloth or gauze. The fingerboard, neck, chin rest, etc. are easily soiled by hand stains and sweat. The whole thing should be wiped clean to remove any dirt.
Violins are short-lived depending on storage conditions. Keeping a heavy object on top of the instrument, or placing it in an extremely humid or hot place, will affect the instrument, so be careful.
The violin is an instrument that sounds with the hair of a bow, but it requires a change of hair. It usually needs to be replaced within 6 months to 1 year. Some people replace it before the concert. I have a preference, but I need to replace it at a reasonable frequency.
The violin string is also a consumable item. Since it is deteriorating every day, a high-ranking string officer is required within 3 months to 6 months. If the volume becomes low or the tone changes, it is a signal to replace it.
The violin is also sensitive to temperature. At high temperatures, the glue used for bonding may melt. When it gets humid, the front and back plates expand and the thickness changes. The fingerboard may come off when it dries. Therefore, it is necessary to manage it in an appropriate environment.