Care and Repair of Violins or Violas: How to Clean a Violin or Viola


Learn the benefits of cleaning your violin or viola without damage to your instrument. In the step-by-step video tutorial (seven minutes), luthier Joan Balter demonstrates how to clean your violin or viola. In the written guide (two pages), you'll discover:

  • 5 easy steps that can help avoid costly repairs 
  • Why you should rethink that popular clean-and-polish routine 
  • How to straighten your instrument's bridge

By James N. McKean and Erin Shrader

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