Instrument Guide

How should a good stringed instrument be equipped?

The instrument bow must be treated with rosin before use for the first time. Rosin is used on violins, double basses, cellos and violas. Only after applying rosin is the instrument playable. When buying a quality violin or cello set, the chin rest, the bridge and the fine tuners will already be installed. In this case your instrument is ready to play and no additional installation is required.

What should you look out for when buying a stringed instrument?

A real joy to play and a clear tone develops when the instrument is manufactured by professionals and built out of high quality materials.

A good neck is easy to play and has a sturdy fingerboard, ideally made of ebony just like the peg box should be made of wood. The violin should be ready to be played and the bridge and fine tuners should already be factory installed.

A neatly applied varnish is also a criteria for a quality tone. The varnish protects the wood from humidity and gives the instruments a sophisticated look. A rigid case should be used to protect the violin. and bow from damage.

Which instrument size is the right one?

The right instrument size depends on the height of the child, more specifically it depends on the length of the arms. To determine the length of the arm, let the child hold out the arm and then measure it with a measuring tape from the neck to the middle of the palm of the child’s hand.

The measure of a normal violin or cello is known as 4/4 or 1/1. Among them there are gradations to indicate that the instrument is proportionally reduced and adjusted to the length of the arm. In the following table you will find the proper violin sizes (note that the age is only a guide and the arm length should always be measured.)

Size

4/4

3/4

1/2

1/4

1/8

1/16

Age

from 9

7-10

6-8

5-7

4-6

3-5

Arm Length (mm)

from 600

560-600

500-560

445-500

430-445

350-430

How to install a bridge?

When you receive your stringed instrument, the bridge should already be installed. If this is not the case, here are some tips on how to place and install the bridge into the correct position.

For setting up the bridge correctly, please place the bridge directly between the two notches of the F-holes.

placing the bridge correctly

Align the feet of the bridge between the two small nicks on the interior of the two F-holes. The bridge should be centered as you look down the violin fingerboard from the scroll. The strings need to be tight so that the bridge will be securely held in place.

in between the two F-holes

How so I adjust the bow?

Before you begin to play, please be sure to tighten the bow. This is done using the adjuster at the bottom of the arc. The correct tension of the bow is illustrated in the following images.

Correctly adjusted bow

Correctly adjusted bow. Slightly curved and optimally spanned.

incorrectly adjusted bow

Incorrectly adjusted bow. This bow is over spanned.

How does the applying of rosin work?

The rosin needs to be applied to the bow hair before the strings can be set into vibration. If you are applying it for the first time. If you are using a brand new cake of rosin please scratch the rosin with sandpaper. This will help the residue adhere to the bow hairs. You must apply the rosin residue to the bow hairs until the hairs grab the strings.