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Purchasing, Maintenance, Troubleshooting and More

By Sandy Goldie

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Purchasing, Maintenance, Troubleshooting and More. Meredith Music Resource. String Reference. Softcover. 72 pages. Published by Meredith Music (HL.244027).

Item Number: HL.244027

ISBN 1574630563. 7x10 inches.

Why do pegs continuously slip or stick making it difficult to tune? Or endpins become stuck or keep sliding down? What about fine tuners that malfunction; strings that break, become false or fray; bows that warp or need rehairing; chin rests that won't stay on; bridges or sound posts that lean or fall; strings that are either so high they injure fingers or so low they buzz? What can be done to prevent wood scratching or cracking or students from getting poor quality instruments that they will struggle to play due to poor set-up or improper sizing? These and countless other questions about purchasing, maintenance, troubleshooting, repairing and storing string instruments are answered in this comprehensive yet concise handbook.

Topics include:

Purchasing - renting vs. buying; selection of student, step-up and professional instruments and bows

Instrument Accessories - shoulder pads, rockstops, rosin, stools, cloths, mutes, cases

Maintenance - temperature, humidity, cleaning/polishing, daily care, periodic/annual maintenance with to-do lists for instruments and bows

Troubleshooting - slipping/sticking pegs, slipping/sticking pegs, buzzing or rattling, scratches or cracks, scratches or cracks, common problems

Rehearsal Space - necessary equipment, options you do and don't need, space and layout considerations

Repair - string replacement, fine tuner repair, bow rehair, peg repair, bridge adjustment, chin rest tightening, emergency fixes

Sizing - what to measure for each instrument

Set-Up - bridge, fingerboard, nut, and sound post adjustment

Tuning - common issues with pegs, fine tuners, replacing bass strings

Toolkit - what to include.

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