INSTRUMENT CARE AND MAINTENANCE

  • Treat it like a child.  Do not expose it to extreme temperatures or leave it close to a heater or air conditioner.  Do not leave it in the car.
  • Store in ~35%-50% humidity.  You may want to purchase a dampit or dehumidifier to help control this.  
  • Remove the bow from the case first and put it in last.  The bow should never be in the case by itself.  This ensures it doesn't snap if the case flops without the cello. (For soft cases)
  • Never touch the hair of the bow (the exception to this is the area very close to the frog, where fingers may naturally touch when holding the bow)
    • Touching the hair of the bow transfers oil to it, which prevents good contact with the string.  
  • Always loosen the bow when putting it away.  Tighten it again when taking it out.
    • This prevents extra strain on the hair and the stick of the bow.
    • A tightened bow should still have some curve to it.  Think of a healthy back: it needs to lay down and rest at night, and it should have some natural curve to it.
  • Have a dish towel to clean off the rosin from the strings after every practice.  
  • Tune the cello every time you practice.  If possible, use only the fine tuners.  If you must use the pegs, turn them slowly to prevent the string from breaking.