- The instrument, bow, and case should be handled with care. Instruments and bows are made of thin wood and can break easily. Bumping the instrument in or out of the case may cause it to go out of adjustment.
- The instrument should be kept clean. A soft cloth should be used to wipe the rosin dust from the instrument, bow stick, and strings each time the student is finished playing.
- The instrument should always be stored in its case when not in use.
- The shoulder rest should be removed before the instrument is placed in the case. (see video below.)
- When the instrument is in the case, keep the case latched securely.
- Never put books or papers inside the case. These may cause your instrument to break or go out of adjustment.
- Do not expose the instrument to excessive heat or cold. Extreme temperatures may cause your instrument to crack. DO NOT LEAVE THE INSTRUMENT IN A HOT VEHICLE.
- Check the bridge often. If it is not standing straight, ask the teacher to adjust it. Do not adjust it yourself.
- Do not turn the pegs or fine tuners or attempt your own repairs. Only an expert musical instrument repair technician has the skill and experience to repair the instrument. Repairs are covered in the cost of instrument rental.
- Do not let others play the instrument.
- Be careful! Bows break easily. Please do not drop the bow or hit it on anything that will cause it to break.
- Do not touch the bow hair. Moisture, perspiration, oil, or dirt from your hands, face, or hair will spoil the bow hair.
- The bow should be tightened before playing and loosened before being put away. Rosin should be applied several times each week.
- The bow should always be stored in the case when not in use.