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Jan 22, 2023 - 9:55:33 AM
1 posts since 1/22/2023

I recently brought a tourte style rubber mute for orchestra and I have only used it twice. it left a black stain on the bridge and I'm wondering is there ways to clean it as the violin belongs to the school.

Jan 22, 2023 - 10:51:23 AM

972 posts since 3/1/2020

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Originally posted by jl160821

I recently brought a tourte style rubber mute for orchestra and I have only used it twice. it left a black stain on the bridge and I'm wondering is there ways to clean it as the violin belongs to the school.


Yes, the rubber deposits can be cleaned off. Sometimes if you're lucky, a pencil eraser will do the trick. Alcohol works, but it can cause damage if it gets onto the instrument. Fine steel wool might get it off, but be careful not to mar the bridge's edges and brush the spent steel wool thoroughly. In really stubborn cases I use a scraper, but this is a last resort and needs to be done very carefully. 

Edited by - The Violin Beautiful on 01/22/2023 10:52:44

Jan 24, 2023 - 12:48:56 PM

bluenote23

Canada

104 posts since 7/27/2016

Be really, really careful if you use alcohol to clean anything on a violin, especially a borrowed instrument. Alcohol will melt the varnish and one drop will make an ugly stain that you cannot repair or remove without professional attention.

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