This lecture provides an overview of the history and care of stringed instruments. Included in the discussion is an analysis of how violins, violas, cellos and bases are constructed including the materials used as well as varying styles of construction, history, countries of origin, and how these variables affect the need for regular maintenance.
The presentation will cover what common products are most effective for the control of humidity, keeping the tuning pegs working smoothly, and the basics of soundpost adjustments, bridges, and the various different kinds of strings.
There will also be a review of bows, bow maintenance, and differing styles and materials involved in bow construction.
Finally, there will be a 10-minute question-and-answer period that is open to audience discussion of repair topics. The presentation also will include insider tips on shopping for instruments and an overview of the effect of the internet on the music business.
LEVEL II – Basic Stringed Instrument Repair & Maintenance
Audience: Advanced Students and Educators
Length: 4 hours
Fee: $300 plus travel and lodging expenses
This workshop includes all of the topics included in the Level I lecture, as well as an in-depth demonstration of actual repair processes and techniques. Dalton will show you how to cut a bridge, refit friction pegs, and properly fit and set up the sound posts.
The presentation also will cover tips on installing strings and tailguts, basic maintenance, and potential repair needs. “Quick-repair” of uneven nuts, bridges, and loose fingerboards will be demonstrated. Dalton will also cover gluing open seams and repairing broken necks in inexpensive instruments.
Students are encouraged to bring in instruments for close examination and potential repair during the class. If possible, depending on the class size and if time allows, students will have a hands-on opportunity to “up” a fallen soundpost. Course materials and tools will be available for purchase at the beginning of class.