Repairs and musical maintenance

Fixing a Violin

Musicians' Guide to Covid-19 Instrument Care:

  • Please DO wash your hands a lot and have general attention to hygiene! 

  • DO wash your hands before you practice your instrument (in fact, always a great idea!). 

  • DO wash hands after your rehearsals and being around other musicians and sharing pencils.  

  • DO cover your nose and mouth when you sneeze or cough, into your elbow.

  • DO feel free to disinfect your orchestra pencils that you share!

 

  • DON'T !!!! spray or wipe any disinfectant, water, or alcohol on your violin. This will destroy the varnish on your violin, causing it irreparable damage and a loss in value.  These cleaners are NOT meant as instrument cleaners or polishing agents, and could destroy a good antique or quality student violin.  Even (especially) water will damage your instrument too! Any moisture other than average air humidity is bad for a stringed instrument.

  • DON'T spray any disinfectants on your piano!  The moisture and chemicals can cause major damage to real pianos and even to the electronics in your keyboard!

  • You MAY and SHOULD, always use a DRY lint-free cloth like a super soft microfiber cloth to dust off the rosin and violin neck and chin rest after practicing.  

  • To clean your piano/keyboard keys, you MAY use a lint-free microfiber cloth that is lightly damp with a solution of 1 part vinegar and 4 parts warm water.  Wipe the keys forward and backwards, not side to side to avoid getting any moisture down between the keys, then use a soft dry cloth to dry the keys.  HERE is a great article on care of your piano!

If you are looking for repairs, music, strings, instruments, or other accessories we recommend checking out the local and regional shops listed below.

Online shops to check out are Amazon, JW Pepper Music, Shar Music, and Southwest Strings

VIOLIN REPAIRS, VIOLIN SALES, STRINGS AND EQUIPMENT
Hollinger Violins
5075 Lupine Road, Missoula MT 59803
406-542-2012
Olsen Violins
6502 3rd Ave NW, Seattle WA 98117
206-783-7654
Rafael Carrabba Violins Inc.
405 W. Galer St., Seattle WA 98119
206-283-5566
BEGINNER VIOLIN RENTALS, ELECTRIC VIOLINS, SHEET MUSIC, VIOLIN GADGETS
Morgenroth Music Center
1105 Sussex Ave, Missoula MT 59801
406-549-0013
BOW REHAIRS
Hollinger Violins
5075 Lupine Road, Missoula MT 59803
406-542-2012
Griffin Browne
Kila, MT
406-314-0967
Stringed Instrument Division
500 N. Higgins Ave #204, Missoula MT 59802
406-549-1502