BAZZINI String Instruments: violins and cello - Care & Maintenance

BAZZINI: CARE & MAINTENANCE

To ensure a lifetime of happiness with your BAZZINI instrument, here are some suggestions that will help you to keep your instrument at peak performance at all times.

Remember, your BAZZINI is made of wood, and wood is suspectible to changes in temperature and humidity. It should always be stored in its case or bag when not in use or when being transported.

Care & Maintenance instructions:

Protecting Your Bazzini

  • IMPORTANT: Keep your instrument away from heat, cold and direct sunlight.
  • During the winter, heated buildings can drop to around 20% humidity or less! A dry environment can cause cracks in the wood. (BAZZINI instruments are crafted from wood naturually dryed for at least 4 years. This drying period os essential to avoid cracks!) 
  • NEVER store your instrument in an environment that has less than 35% humidity! Use a hygrometer and humidifier to control the humidity if it gets below 40% for an extended period of time.
  • NEVER leave your instrument in a car, or any location in direct sunlight. Heat can easily damage the sensitive varnish of your instrument.
  • Some types of strings can increase tension on the instrument when the temperature gets cold. If you must leave your instrument outside or in a cold place, make sure that the string tension is reduced by tuning down a half-step.

Caring for Your Bazzini

  • ALWAYS keep your instrument free from dust and rosin build-up. It should be cleaned after every use. This prevents the dust of the rosin from sticking to the natural varnish of the instrument. (It is very hard or impossible to remove later.)
  • Use a cotton cloth to remove the rosin from the fingerboard, strings, and instrument, especially near the bridge. Replace the cloth regularly. Rosin cannot be removed with water. Avoid using any household cleaning agents. Have your BAZZINI profes sionally cleaned and inspected periodically. The stick of your bow should also be cleaned after every use. Clean the rosin off the stick with a soft cotton cloth.
  • We have included a microfibre dustcloth which is designed to remove fingerprints and dust only. Do NOT use your BAZZINI dustcloth for rosin! The BAZZINI microfibre dustcloth can be washed at low temperature in the washing machine.
  • NEVER clean your instrument with water, dish cleaner, alcohol or other aggressive solvents!
  • Do not forget to clean your case or bag from time to time. The inside can be cleaned with a vacuum cleaner. To clean the out- side/cover please use a damp cloth and if necessary add a drop of dish cleaner.

Home Maintenace

By maintaining all parts of your instrument, you will enjoy the full potential of your BAZZINI for a lifetime!

Your BAZZINI is a high quality instrument made under exacting German supervision. By following the instructions on the subsequent pages, your instrument will offer ultimate performance and keep its beauty for years to come.

You can do minor adjustments on your own. For advanced adjustments, technical advice, service and repair, please contact your local dealer, luthier or violin shop.

Pegs Adjustments

Adjustments

The pegs of your BAZZINI are made of ebony, a natural hardwood of high density and quality. They leave the factory with a precise fitting. However, due to changes in climate they may need to be adjusted over time.

  • In low humidity the pegs may loose friction. To fix this problem, please apply some peg compound (as described on next point: "How to apply Peg Compound"), then fit the peg back into the hole and tune the string.
  • In high humidity, the pegs may stick hard in the peg box and be difficult to turn. To fix this problem, simply loosen the pegs by pulling them out slightly while tuning the instrument.
  • To ensure smooth operation of your pegs year round, apply some peg compound every time you replace your strings
    (as described on next point: "How to apply Peg Compound").


How to apply Peg Compound

If the pegs of your instrument slip easily or crackle while tuning, you will need to apply some peg compound.

  • Do NOT loosen the tension of all 4 strings at once! Just prepare one peg at a time.
  • First, loosen the tension of one peg and remove the string completely.
  • Then, take the peg out of the peg box and apply peg compound to all points of contact with the peg box wall.
  • Lastly, put the peg back into the peg box and turn it a few times. If you feel a good and constant friction and everything turns smoothly, please re-attach the string and tune it. You may need to tune it a few times until it keeps the tone.
  • IMPORTANT: Keep an eye on the angle of your bridge (as described further below @ "Bridge"). The bridge MUST remain completely upright and at the correct angle or it warp or even break!
  • Tune the string to pitch, repeat this procedure with the other three pegs.

REMINDER:

If the pegs do not show equal and constant friction while turning, you should consult your local dealer or violin shop. Your pegs may be worn and need adjustment by a technician. This is a normal wear and tear issue and is to be expected over the lifetime of your instrument. It is similar to getting the tires of your car balanced.

Fingerboard

The fingerboard usually needs no special attention since it has been professionally prepared and adjusted during the fine crafting and set up process. After years of intense playing however, it may need to be re-planed. This can only be done by a violin maker or trained technician !!!

Bridge

Please make sure that the bridge stands squarely in the center,
between the inside notches of the f-holes.

Bridge - The correct angle

Left = Fingerboard
Right = Tailpiece

7 Bridge - Important

The correct angle of the bridge is achieved by having the back side of the bridge (facing the tailpiece) perpendicular (90 degrees) to the table of the violin.

A well fitting bridge will be flat on the back side (facing the tailpiece) and slightly rounded on the front (facing the fingerboard).There is a tendency for any bridge to lean towards the fingerboard and eventually to warp. This happens mainly due to the fact that the strings are pulled towards the pegs while being tuned.

Bridge - Watch the angle very carefully

7 Bridge - Carefully Angle

Once it is out of alignment the bridge can warp very easily. This is an irreversible process!

Only a trained technician or violin maker can replace a bridge in this condition.

How to adjust the bridge and correct the angle: Please note that the correction of the bridge angle only makes sense when the instrument is properly tuned. You need some power to do this because the string tension causes a lot of pressure onto the bridge (especially on a cello!). Still, do it very carefully please and do not knock against the bridge!

Tailpiece

The tailpiece of your BAZZINI has 4 built-in fine tuners (adjusters).

  • We have chosen these advanced tailpieces because they are the most useful and elegant combination of fine tuners and tail- piece available. The fine tuners do just that, they will help you to stay in tune. Along with properly working pegs, you will experience a new comfort and precision when tuning your BAZZINI.
  • IMPORTANT: Please make sure that all 4 adjusters are engaged at all times. If they aren’t, the tailpiece can buzz! To eliminate buzzing, simply loosen the tension of the specific string involved at the peg and add some tension at the matching adjuster.

Chinrest (for violins only of course!)

Please make sure that the chinrest is well fitted and cannot move.

IMPORTANT: Attaching a chin rest too tightly may cause serious damage to the instrument!

Shoulder Rest (for violins only of course!)

The shoulder rest is a highly individual accessory. It must be purchased separately and adjusted to the player ́s body and size.

It is very important to take the time to select the right shoulder rest. Your dealer and /or teacher can help you to find the best solution for you!

Bow

Your BAZZINI instrument comes with a high quality bow.

  • Always loosen the tension of your bow after playing. If you store your wooden bow under tension it will definitely warp!
  • Bow hair may break while playing. This is a natural process and of no concern. Simply remove the loose parts completely and carefully using fingernail clippers.
  • Always make sure there is enough rosin on your bow hair. If your bow loses its grip on the strings, it probably needs more rosin.
  • Do not to add too much rosin as it will be counterproductive and cause lots of dust on your instrument.
  • Remember to clean the stick of your bow regularly with a clean cotton cloth. Also, clean the frog, leather and lining with your washable BAZZINI microfibre cloth.
  • When the hair is well worn or too much bow hair has been lost, have your bow rehaired at your local dealer or violin shop.

Enjoy your BAZZINI instrument. Take pleasure whenever you play it. But, please don ́t forget to have it checked by a specialist on a regular basis. A lovingly cared for insturment will stay in perfect condition and preserve its value for a lifetime of use.

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