How to Protect your Musical Instrument from Damage

Sinead Owens By Sinead Owens, 14th Jul 2017 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Musical instruments are cherished by their musicians and their audiences, however such often expensive equipment can be especially susceptible to premature wear and tear and damage.

Ensure You Protect Your Instrument

Musical instruments are cherished by their musicians and their audiences, however such often expensive equipment can be especially susceptible to premature wear and tear and damage. Whilst having musical instrument insurance is paramount in ultimately protecting against damage, you can also follow these tips to protect your musical instrument.

Be Mindful of Climate

Make sure your musical instrument is stored correctly. Wooden instruments are particularly vulnerable to damage whilst being stored; wood is hygroscopic and draws in any level of moisture in the atmosphere, resulting in swelling and shrinking as the water concentration in the air rises and falls.

This can cause irreparable damage to joints and how the parts of the instrument fit together which can ultimately affect sound quality. More severely, wood can crack and experience rot from insects that thrive in warmer atmospheres. Invest in a case dehumidifier and make sure your case is sufficiently lined to keep out fluctuating changes in temperature and air quality to safeguard against such damage.

Regularly Service your Instrument

Just like a car, musical instruments require regular cleaning and servicing to maintain sound quality. Replacing skins on drums, retuning guitars and reconstructing and cleaning wind instruments can rebalance sound and pitch. More urgently, pianos can suffer significantly if they aren’t tuned every three months or so.

Don’t be complacent in getting your instrument seen to, a technician can foresee and nip potential problems in the bud which could save you money in the long run.

Invest in Good Cases

Accidents happen; a child may drop their first violin walking home from school and even a touring band might see stage hands drop their guitars when loading and off-loading equipment. Damage can be limited however by investing in good cases.

A case should not be the item that you are frugal with – well-padded and lined, made from superior, durable, impact absorbing material, a good case can make you breathe a sigh of relief when accidents occur and you know the case is taking the brunt and not the prized instrument.

Don’t Neglect Your Electronics

Music programmes, midi controllers, loop pedals and the like can often be neglected as they don’t need to be retuned, restrung or rebalanced to maintain their sound quality. However, technical failures can still arise due to neglect in treatment and storage.

Invest in an air compressor to clean electronic instruments of dust and debris that could hinder functionality. Equally, make sure electronics are returned to their cases immediately after use as water damage while devastating to a violin could prove fatal to an electronic instrument.


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author avatar Lady Aiyanna
20th Jul 2017 (#)

Possibly highlighting how to do it would be great.
Now for skins on drums you need to use light to dry the membrane and same with a piano apart from using wood curing colour/varnish. Percussion instruments, you need to make sure the valves and the tuning slides work well, they need to be sandpapered and cleaned on a regular basis and oiled too. They are like pistons remember, make them work like such.
Now Saxes, keep the reeds safe and clean the instruments and even give it a good wash under water to keep it working well.
Now all need a pitch pipe and a tuning fork to keep it in tune, it is part of the maintenance procedure.
Learn from the experts who works with all this for a daily living right from the age of 10.

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