VIOLIN CARE AND SETUP
Your Cricket Violin was shipped detuned but with the bridge standing up.
If the bridge has fallen or is out of place, it can be easily repositioned. Its proper place is standing up feet in
line with the notches on the crescent sound holes; numbered side perpendicular
to the top and facing the tailpiece. The strings may have to be loosened slightly
to get it to stand up. All strings should be placed in the appropriate grooves
on the top of the bridge with a sleeve under the E string as shown in the
picture. Center the bridge so that strings are equally spaced on either side of
the fingerboard when looking straight down on the top. Each bridge is numbered
according to size and must be referenced
when reordering. Make sure the sound post is visible standing up inside,
behind the treble foot of the bridge centered on the marks on the back.
Tuning pegs: Standard friction tuners will need periodic tightening to maintain tightness as the seasons
change and the wood dries. Using a Phillips screwdriver at the end of each
tuner, tighten until the tuner begins to get difficult to turn. Tightness of
the Peghed geared tuners can be adjusted
by pressing in while the peg is rotated
to tighten or pulling out to loosen. An E string fine tuner is only included with
Violin tuning is GDAE. It’s very important not to exceed these pitches by over tightening the
strings stretch very little and will break if over stressed. Using a tuner for
reference, take the tension up gradually working your way across the strings, checking
to make sure the bridge maintains its
position – the numbered side perpendicular to the top as you tune.
The chin and shoulder rest is removable
and adjustable. One thumb screw attaches it to the body. There are three
different height position settings using the different holes in the rests. Make sure it is always reassembled as shown
in the picture below with the chin rest on the outside.
Rosining a new bow: Sand or scrape the glaze off the
surface of the rosin; rub along hairs of tensioned bow for 3 or 4 minutes in
short strokes. First application on
new bows may longer.
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