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CARE & MAINTENANCE
When Should I Opt for a Self-Adjusting Bridge?

A bridge with adjustable feet may help in a pinch, but a tailor-made bridge is unbeatable

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Ask the Expert: What Are These Mysterious Extra Holes on My Violin?

Strangely, this reminds me of the days when ‘Super Fly’ arrived on the big screen

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Ask the Expert: Where Do All the Nicks & Dents Come From?

Go ahead, call it ‘patina’ because even a well-cared for violin will show signs of use

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Ask The Expert: A Common Repair Doesn't Have to Break the Bank

The price for a repair can be shocking—and might make a second opinion worthwhile

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Ask the Expert: How Can I Increase My Instrument’s Carrying Power?

Part science, part art, changing a bassbar may help, but then again, it might not

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Ask the Expert: Why Isn’t the Back of My Violin’s Neck Finished?

The neck sees a lot of use, so why isn’t it protected with a finish?

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Instrument Insurance Is Not Just for Accidents

When buying or selling, coverage can help you expect the best and prepare for the worst

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Ask the Expert: Does Displaying My Violins Really Harm Them?

Why showing off your instrument may be one of the worst things for it

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Ask The Expert: Scheduled Maintenance: Get the Scoop on the Buzz

Sooner or later, your fingerboard will buzz and need to be planed 

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