Questions tagged [maintenance]

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Should I let my violin bridge tilt forwards?

I just got myself a violin, being a beginner who has never played any bowed instruments before and intending to teach myself how to play. I came across an instruction video that stated that the bridge ...
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Piano key sometimes suffers silent depress

I bought a used Steinway. Sometimes its keys don't always make a sound when pressed down. Is this my fault or the piano's? Should I contact the seller, or is it a minor problem that the tuner can ...
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My guitar strings go loose when I tighten them?

I have an Elevation 3/4 Size Acoustic Guitar, as a normal size one is too big for me right now as I'm only 14 and it's my first guitar and money is tight. When I tighten the strings to tune it, the ...
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Strange sound on Marshall Valvestate 8010 amp

I have a problem with my old Marshall Valvestate 8010 10 watt guitar amp. When I turn on gain, and turn the gain knob around 50%-100% I get this sound and diodes D1 and D2 blinks according to the ...
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A second-hand guitar pitch sounds weird

I got a guitar from my friend’s son. The high E string is weird because fret no. 12 and 13 and 14 have the same pitch: F#! Furthermore, other strings have a similar problem. On the B string, fret no. ...
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Do pegs for stringed instruments require holes?

We bought some new pegs for a cello but they came without holes. As a result, it seems impossible to tighten the strings as they keep slipping. But there must be some use for pegs without holes, ...
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Does Edge Picking Break Strings Faster?

I started learning to play acoustic guitar several months ago, and have been mainly using Fender medium picks. I have noticed that the picks very quickly develop a sort of bevel on one side because I ...
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No volume and unconnected wires

I have a LTD ESP Snakebyte and the bridge volume knob is overturning and I think it took one of the wires out when I turned it too much. I checked the wires that go to the input and both of them are ...
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Violin - Best way to treat rosin build up on the strings?

Recently, my violin's sound wasn't coming very well. I searched it on Google, and found out it was because of rosin build up on my strings, a common case. What is the best way to treat rosin build up ...
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How to prevent a synchronized tremolo bridge from lifting

I recently changed the strings on my Ibanez GIO GRG170DX and I noticed that after tuning the guitar, the bridge was lifting up (no longer flat with the body). I don't think it was like this before ...
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Electric guitar tuning changes in different holding positions

While trying to correctly intonate guitar(which was problematic, you can see my last question why), I noticed a strange thing and I don't really know if it is normal or not. I've searched about it ...
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Can I use a car polishing cloth to polish my flute?

I have a Yamaha flute headjoint and it is dirty. Therefore I want to clean it so its appearance will be better. Can I use a car polishing cloth for this?
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How can I connect pedals and amplifiers without accidentally damaging them?

I've understood that there are some risks with connecting pedals, amplifiers, instruments and microphones and that I should be aware of what I'm doing, or it could damage my equipment. How can I ...
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High action on higher fret on my steel acoustic guitar

It's been 2 years since the last time I played guitar. I tried to play again this morning and something feels off. I felt sore on my wrist when trying to play barre chords for just a few strums. I don'...
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Is my nut pocket cut uneven?

The left side of the pocket is cut flat while the right side has a bump to the far right. I measured from the bottom of the pocket to the top of the fingerboard and the right side sits 1/64" to 2/64" ...
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What's the use case for a thickness measurement tool in a guitar toolkit?

I purchased a toolkit specifically designed for guitars, and beside the tools I expected, it contained this: The description lists it as a thickness measurement tool. What thickness would one measure ...
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Problems placing analog synth on window shelf above radiator?

I have recently purchased an analog synthesizer (the DSI OB-6 Desktop). Unfortunately, the only place I can place it is on a window shelf which has a water-heated radiator below it. I have read that ...
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How do I keep my spit out of my harmonica? [duplicate]

I've been fooling with my new set of harmonicas, but I'm having trouble with them because they are filling up with spit. What can I do to prevent this problem?
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What would make 1 key buzz or ring?

I have an old Kimball Consolette .The middle e makes an annoying buzz/ring sound.I can’t see anything mechanically different about it.Could the strings be unevenly stretched?The e flat sounds slightly ...
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Can powered on amp die from changing equipment?

I recently got some pedals and was playing around with them the other night. I had them plugged into a 12-13 year old Fender Frontman 15 (small solid state combo amp). I decided I wanted to change the ...
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What's the best way to fly commercially with a guitar?

I've heard horror stories about guitars being damaged on commercial airline flights. Is there a safe way to fly with a guitar?
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Is getting a guitar setup general maintenance or only for fixing problems?

I get an oil change for my car every 6 months or 3,000 miles. Its just part of keeping the car in good working order. Should I get my guitar set up every x amount of time, or x amount of hours played ...
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Cleaning a Tenor Recorder lever

I have a plastic Tenor Recorder which I understand can be washed with soapy water. I am concerned if the lever can also be immersed or do I have to clean it another way.
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How do I disassemble a slide whistle in order to clean it?

How do I disassemble it so that I can clean it? (click to enlarge)
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Do you think my piano is worth repairing? [closed]

I have a Baldwin upright that's at least 30 years old. It won't hold a tune, many of the keys are sticky or difficult to depress and the middle octave is now picking up harmonic? actual notes? from ...
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Fret leveling, where to begin?

I'm new to this site. I have an Epiphone LP Standard for which I recently dropped the tune-o-matic bridge. It plays open strings and chords below the fourth fret beautifully. Action is where I want it....
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what, if anything, needs to be done to maintain a guitar when done playing

After I finishing playing I usually just stick my acoustic guitar back in the case. Is there anything I should be doing to prolong its life and keep it in good shape? If my hands get sweaty while ...
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How to maximize my tone using a floating bridge

I have an archtop guitar with a floating bridge. I've been told that it's important for the bridge to have maximum contact with the face of the guitar, but I'm seeing a gap between the bridge and the ...
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Would my 12 string guitar break if i added pairs of strings instead of octaves and removed the last low-E string?

I've heard of lots of famous musicians doing this, for example Ariel Camacho. And their guitars never break. I'm wondering if I added pairs of strings and removed the last low-E string, would it break?...
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Problem with a Digital Piano

So, I have a digital piano, a Casio CDP 130 that I bought at the start of the year. It has been working perfectly until yesterday a friend of mine was playing it and noticed that when the seventh B of ...
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How do I fix a broken bridge pin without going to the guitar shop?

Are there any tools cheap from eBay that I can use? Or anything common from around the house? And a tutorial.
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Preserving autograph on a guitar done in sharpie?

I have two guitars that were signed by artists over 20 years ago. I rarely remove them from the case. One is a white flying V knock off with signatures all over the body. One is an ESP LTD MV-300, ...
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What pen to use for autograph on guitar, and how to protect it?

I am getting a 1997 Gibson SG Special (Black) signed next month by one of my favorite artists. What sort of pen should I use for this specific guitar? I had read acrylic pen, but I am not sure. I ...
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Seagull S6 acoustic guitar feels very hard to play

I am beginner guitar player. I had a cheap $150 guitar for slightly more than 1 year. I started learning guitar with that. It’s a 3/4 size guitar. I had no problem with it other than the sound bit low....
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How do I fix a stuck Joint on a plastic recorder

Help! I just purchased the MPI classic Tenor recorder in Matte black from Groth music (http://www.grothmusic.com/p-24419-mpi-classic-tenor-recorder-outfit-baroque.aspx?utm_source=googlepepla&...
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Is it safe to use velcro Command strips on the inside of the body of an acoustic guitar?

I recently purchased a used Taylor 214ce-SB DLX. Since Taylor guitars do not come with an on-board tuner, I’m looking for a way to discreetly place a tuner somewhere on the guitar, and a potential ...
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How to clean a smelly flute? [duplicate]

I've been playing the flute for a while, an noticed that my flute headjoint is smelling a little funky. How do I clean it, and is it safe to wash the headjoint (after removing the cork)? P.S. - I ...
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Truss rod adjustment had no noticable effect

Today I adjusted the truss rod on my guitar, because the action was quite high and I found it difficult to play. I progressed slowly, and did 1/8 turns, but after each turn I had not noticed anything ...
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tight truss rod

I recently got my hands on a used schecter km6 guitar. It played great, except for that the action was higher than i like it. I checked the relief in the neck (fretted the 1st and 17th fret, measured ...
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How to get rid of a scratch on my strat

I know that it's possible to rub out a scratch on my cars finish using rubbing and polishing compound. Does the same thing work on a guitars finish if the scratch is not to deep?
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Cork in the base of a violin's chin rest

Recently, all the cork that was between the base of my violin's chin rest and the instrument's body has been rubbed off and, as a result, the chin rest is "flowing around" the lower left part of the ...
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New piano flaking near hitch pin

I recently purchased a new Yamaha C1X, and I noticed that the paint has started to flake off at various places after a few days, near the hitch pin (see picture). This doesnt seem to affect the sound ...
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Floyd Rose screws are too tight?

My Floyd Rose screw is too tight. I am using a Kramer 7 string guitar with Floyd Rose, and I was attempting to install D-tuna. I have successfully installed the D-tuna on my 7th string before (i.e., ...
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How do I set my Ibanez guitar intonation?

I'm trying to intonate an Ibanez GIO GRG120EX to drop A#, but when I get the 12 fret in tune the open string it's out of tune and vice-versa. So far I've moved my pickups so they are not too close to ...
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Caring for violin while leaving it unused for a long period

I'll be away from home for about six months, leaving my violin (it's a 1910 Eduard Reichert, if that makes any difference) behind. I loosened the strings to a very slack state, and as a result the ...
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Got a 70 euro used guitar, but frets are rather flat and don't really sound good, what to do?

Hello so i bought a guitar in order to learn how to play, went through a few chords and it was rather annoying that some frets are pretty flat so if you press them near the opposite end, it starts ...
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I think my guitar strings are wound too tight and I can't play barre chords

I'm a beginning guitar player, with a secondhand Yamaha FG-180J I got as a gift. The strings were already wound when I got it. Upon playing it, I had a lot of trouble playing barre chords. The strings ...
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Is it time to replace my violin bow?

I am an advanced (post grade-8) violin student and I have had my bow for about 3 years. I've been playing intense pieces and although I have lost some hair, the density of the bow is still really good....
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Problem with guitar bridge

I have an old classic guitar. The bridge is made of very soft wood (or it got softer after a time, no difference). The problem is that the strings bend down in places they make contact with the bridge....
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Boss NS-2 crackling cutting the output

I've got a Boss NS-2 that I've used for ~6 years without issue. I recently took my board apart to redo all the effects and noticed that the output of the board was inconsistently dropping and ...