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spring fiddle cleaning

Posted by Faire Fiddler Maid on Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Ahh...there's nothing better than playing your fiddle after some TLC.

I use a citrus based cleaning/polishing solution for the polished wood.

Then a little rubbing alcohol swab to clean the unpolished wood, finger board and strings. (I wipe immediately after with paper towel).

I like to clean my bow hair the same way...a little alcohol wipe followed by dry with paper towel. The thing with cleaning horse hair this way is that you might need to brush it a little when the alcohol is dried off...the rosin and alcohol can make the hair stick together. 

Finally, I took an emery board and filed my bridge down a tad because my strings were digging into it. I can really hear the difference now with a cleaner  finger board and a better open string vibration.



5 comments on “spring fiddle cleaning”

richdissmore Says:
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 @5:56:30 PM

hi i clean my fiddle all so just dust a little keep the rosin dust down i use just a soft rag

Humbled by this instrument Says:
Thursday, March 15, 2012 @6:19:17 PM

Lighter fluid. Around the campfire.

Faire Fiddler Maid Says:
Friday, March 16, 2012 @3:02:42 AM

Sounds fun...then light the ring of fire...and dance around playing your fiddle.
Watch out for the bug spray though...that will ruin the fun for your fiddle. :)

fiddlepogo Says:
Friday, March 23, 2012 @11:13:27 AM

Yup,

Emery boards are a very handy bridge-tweaking tool!!

fiddlepogo Says:
Friday, March 23, 2012 @11:20:51 AM

Yup,

Emery boards are a very handy bridge-tweaking tool!!

You might want to check out the specific ingredients of your citrus based solution with luthiers-
you don't want to use anything with oils that would penetrate the wood.

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