MMEA 2019 – Before Heading to the Repair Shop: How to Keep Rehearsal Going (Orchestra)
This highly recommended session was presented by Allan and Matt Wyatt of Wyatt Violin Shop (Indepence, Missouri). They provided substantial knowledge regarding instrument care, useful measurements, and “emergency repairs” to keep instruments playable until repairs can be done in a qualified repair shop.
Specialized tools and supplies:
- Soundpost setter
- Peg dope
- Gluing clamps
- Prepared Hide Glue (Franklin or Titebond brands)
Inspection of instrument:
- Fine Tuners
- What causes my instrument to “buzz or rattle when I am playing?”
- My pegs are 1) too hard to turn or 2) won’t hold. What can I do?
- My beautiful sounding instrument now sounds rough or the tone has changed. What can I do?
- Why is my instrument so hard to play?
Common Glue Techniques:
The fix for seams is easy with proper glue and clamping. Parts needed:
- Hide glue (be aware of the expiration date…this particular glue goes bad over time)
- Gluing clamps (or spool clamps)
Wyatt Violin Shop provided all of the session attendees with a tape measure and instrument cleaning cloth. They also demonstrated at the end of the session how to reset a soundpost (which was very helpful).