By Andy Fein, Martha McDermott, and Miranda Crawford
Recently, a high school orchestra student had a very unfortunate mishap. A piece of metal from the tailpiece of his violin popped off and hit him in the eye. The accident caused fairly extensive damage to his eye. Hopefully, the damage will not be permanent and his sight will be restored. But it made us realize that not everyone knows that your violin, viola, or cello is not bomb proof. They need maintenance! Maintenance to ensure the best sound and playability, and sometimes just for basic safety.
|Avoid this! Change your strings & check your instrument often|
I have not seen the actual instrument, so I'm going to speculate that the piece of metal was actually the metal ball from a ball end string.
|A fully intact ball end E string|
So, here's a list of some things you should regularly do to ensure the health of your instrument. And you!