Proper Instrument Maintenance

General Instrument Maintenance and Care

When caring for musical instruments there are some general steps that apply to virtually all instruments. These are listed below.

  • Always store your instrument in a case with functioning handles, zippers, hinges, etc.
  • Do not store anything on top of your instrument
  • Avoid storing your instrument in extreme heat or cold to avoid warping wood and other damage (this includes storing your instrument in a car)
  • Never leave your instrument unattended in public
  • Keep your instrument clean by wiping it down before storing, cleaning parts weekly, and getting it professionally cleaned annually
  • Do not attempt to repair an instrument on your own, but instead take it to certified and trustworthy technicians

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There are also important steps to instrument maintenance that vary based on category. Click below to learn how to best care for your specific type of instrument.