Classical Stringed Instruments – Buying and Maintenance Tips

Experienced or new students of music classes need to purchase their stringed instruments under the guidance of their respected teachers.

Some of the things to remember, while instrument shopping is –

  • Price is a crucial factor but does not determine the quality and worthiness of the specific instrument.
  • There is a ladder or order on how the price and value of instruments more than $500 work. They go as follows –
    1. Brand
    2. Condition
    3. Historical context
    4. Rarity
    5. Tone quality
    6. How it plays

Tips for beginners 

Beginners and their parents can choose between buying and renting the stringed instruments. Both options have their pros and cons.

  • Buying – In the beginning, tone quality is a huge factor but overtime the option will seem cheaper than renting. The beginner quality instrument has poor quality. You will not get insurance on the instrument.

  • Renting – You get to play an insured instrument with good tone quality. You will need to pay monthly rents.

Tips for intermediate and advanced students

  • Never be tempted by the instrument sound and make a purchase you are unable to afford.
  • Research other options on where you can buy including referrals, music stores, online instrument stores, etc.
  • Playing an instrument is crucial before paying, so if you choose an online music store to make a purchase decision it is advised to choose an instrument less than $500.

Schmitt Music Company is operating a plethora of stores around Minneapolis, Duluth, Virginia, Rochester, etc. You can visit the Schmitt Music Duluth store that offers a student trial program. It can give students a chance to learn with good quality and educator-approved instruments. You can decide to return or keep it.

  • Never rush in the buying process. Take your time to discover the right one!

Maintenance and care tips for stringed instruments

Proper care helps to keep the tone quality and appearance of the stringed instrument fresh like new. You can avoid the costly repairs with a little maintenance and care.

  • Never allow the instrument to get too cold or too hot.
  • Store the bow and the instrument in a bag, when you don’t use it.
  • After every playing session, clean the instrument and the bow gently with a soft cloth. The polish will rarely vanish and the body will always look good.
  • Never over tighten the bow.
  • Never handle bow hair with fingers directly.
  • Never try to make bridge adjustments on your own but take help from a professional instrument specialist or your teacher.
  • Has a minor repair attended to as soon as possible to avoid extensive damage