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Instrument Care

An essential part of playing an instrument is caring for that instrument and keeping it properly maintained. At JSI, providing you with advice and the proper equipment to protect your instrument from the elements as well as wear and tear is one of our top priorities.

  • What happens to a violin in cold weather?
    As we head into winter and temperatures drop, violinists may begin to notice a change in the way their instrument sounds.
  • How to clean your cello
    Cleaning your cello is an important task that requires the right balance of care and expertise.
  • How often do you need to rehair a violin bow?
    When famous bowmaker Francois Tourte said, “Le violin, c’est l’archet”, or “the violin is the bow”, he may have been on to something.
  • Who changes your violin strings?
    If you have just begun your journey playing the violin, you probably have picked up tips and tricks for violin maintenance, such as how to clean your instrument or use rosin.
  • How to take care of your rental violin
    So you’ve finally decided to rent a violin and begin learning music. Since you opted for a rental over a purchase, you may not anticipate the same level of maintenance.
  • Shipping guide for stringed instruments
    As buying instruments online becomes more commonplace, musicians may begin to have concerns about how retailers go about packing and shipping instruments safely.
  • How often should you clean your violin strings
    Trained string players understand that violin maintenance and care is crucial. Taking care of your violin is essential for producing the desired sound.
  • The benefits of microfiber cleaning cloths for instruments
    No matter the type of instrument you play, cleaning your instrument the right way is essential.
  • How to take your violin on an international flight
    When traveling with an instrument, you may have some concerns about how to take it on the plane. Is it safer as a carry-on or a checked bag?
  • When to remove finger tapes
    Violin can be a tricky instrument to learn, especially for beginners. As a result, plenty of learning devices have been developed to improve the student learning experience.
  • Winter protection for your stringed instrument
    Violins and other stringed instruments need protection from the elements. In the summer, it’s the humidity. In the winter it’s the cold, dry weather.
  • Cold weather instrument protection tips
    Winter is here and with it came changes in temperature that can be devastating for your delicate instrument. If you have a stringed instrument, it is crucial to make sure you keep it safe during the winter. Cold weather can suck the moisture out of your instrument.
  • When to change violin strings
    An important aspect of musicianship is taking excellent care of your instrument, which includes knowing when to change violin strings.
  • Protect your instrument in cold winter weather
    Winter is fast approaching, and changes in temperature along with it.
  • Violin transport tips
    Musicians are constantly on the road. Whether you are a big-name violinist or are doing weekend gigs in the local coffee shop, your instrument is an extension of yourself that, ultimately, will go where you go. Is your violin protected against all the possible hazards?
  • The dangers of DIY repair
    Every violin is a handmade, original instrument and holds its value for a long time with the proper care.
  • Bitten by the bug
    Learn about and eliminate bow-hair-eating dermestids.

Additional Resources

Carriage House Violins

Located in Newton, Massachusetts, Carriage House Violins is the instrument sales division of Johnson String Instrument.

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Johnson String Project

A charitable foundation whose goal is to provide high-quality instruments to children who live in under-served communities and who are participating in El-Sistema-inspired programs in Massachusetts.

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