The weekend of October 14th and 15th Director of the LIVS, Charles Rufino, will be showcasing some of his own instruments at the Contemporary Violin Maker's Exhibition in NYC. The event will take place at the Kosciuszko Foundation at 15 E. 15th St in Manhattan. The exhibition is open to the public and it is a great chance to see violins made by some of the finest violin makers from around the globe. We hope to see you there!
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As we enter into the hottest months of the year, keep in mind that your instrument reacts to temperature changes just as humans do. Just as you wouldn't leave your dog or your child in a hot car, you should never leave your violin in one either. It is especially bad for an instrument that has been kept in a hot car to be brought directly into a cool air conditioned environment. Like people and animals, instruments are very sensitive to temperature changes. They can adapt to temperature changes over time but going from one extreme temperature to another is stressful for the instrument and can cause damage.
Heat can soften the varnish on an instrument and extreme humidity can weaken the glue joints and soften the wood causing deformation. Bows can easily bend or snap if they go from a hot car trunk to a cool air conditioned room.
Damage to an instrument can be expensive to repair but is easily avoidable. One way to keep an eye on the humidity level surrounding your instrument is to keep a hygrometer in your case. Hygrometers are especially useful in the winter when dryness and a complete lack of humidity can lead to cracks in an instrument. Overall the best way to prevent damage is to keep your instrument away from extreme hot or cold and if you do need to transport your instrument in a car, make sure you don't put in in the trunk or in direct sunlight.
Wouldn’t you love to beat the rush for rental instruments next fall and get a bonus too?
Reserve a rental by June 30th, and you’ll get One Month Completely FREE! Simply pay the standard first payment and ask to reserve the instrument. The 3 month period begins when you pick up the instrument and you’ll receive your fourth month absolutely FREE! When the school starts in the fall you are guaranteed the instrument of your choice is waiting for you!
Want to start renting now for summer lessons?
Pay for 3 months up by June 30th and still receive the fourth month FREE! Are you an existing customer? You qualify for the same deal - pay 3 months at your next billing and you will get the 4th month free.
Once again this summer, Charles Rufino, will offer his acclaimed course Instrument Repair for the String Educator.. Designed for educators with no experience using tools, students learn how to keep instruments healthy with simple techniques that are learned without extensive training and practice. Many participants have reported that the skills they learned helped them not only to secure teaching positions, but also to save a substantial amount of money for their schools. We believe that this course would greatly benefit string teachers and music education students. The course is held at SUNY Stony Brook on Long Island and registration must be done by June 1st. For more information and to register, please visit the link below and click anywhere on the page to open the registration form. We hope to see you there!