QUOTE(violin-ann @ Aug 10 2007, 10:33 AM)
Worse still, the fine tuners were placed wrongly. On
the strings above the holes on the tailpiece!
QUOTE(violin-ann @ Aug 10 2007, 10:50 AM)
But it's important to clean the violin! Not just the sound, but it'll ruin the varnish on that part of the violin too.
Yeah, a build up of rosin can be nasty!
It doesn't take much for a bit of rosin and dirt to start building up. Especially if you have an older fiddle which may not always have been perfectly cleaned in the past (Mine's a little over 100 years old, for example). I was slightly horrified by the crud that came off my fiddle with the (specialised violin!) polish - but it shone up beautifully and it has really given it a new lease of life. I can't imagine what all the accumulated muck was doing to the poor instrument, but a bit of elbow grease brought it up like new, and I didn't realise at ALL how mucky it was till I compared how it looked afterward.
It's actually quite hard sometimes to get all the rosin etc off on hard to reach places - under the fingerboard, between the feet of the violin. It was tricky even with the polish loosening it all up. It was definitely worth the effort though.