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LTL Choose Haydock Music for Scottish Distribution

03/04/2013

LTL (Louder than Life) choose Haydock Music as their Scottish distribution for 2013/2014. This fantastic range of Samba instruments will give LTL access to Scottish Schools and be supplied in Scotland by Haydock Music!

LTL's details are listed below:

LTL Drums came to life because of music, as each one of us are self-confessed music lovers playing samba music whenever given the chance.

Music is meant to be shared and enjoyed and by providing you with the best samba instruments on the market, we believe we are living up to our mission and vision of spreading samba music all over the world.

We pride ourselves on high quality samba instruments and percussion instruments that have been created from our own unique designs. Check out our Products section and you may just realise that the perfect instruments for you are just a beat away!

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Help and Advice on Violin & Violas

03/04/2013

Another useful article in our vast handouts in the shop:

Violin Instrument Care
General Handling:
• It is best to handle your instrument by the neck only. The natural oils from our skin attract dust and rosin to the varnish.
• Always dust the instrument and fingerboard with a soft cloth after practicing to prevent rosin dust from building up. Rosin left on the instrument can become tacky and difficult to remove.
• Never use alcohol or nail polish remover (acetone) near the instrument? It will dissolve the varnish.
• Never put an instrument into a car boot. On a hot day the varnish can bubble, and every there is the risk of instruments being stolen (many insurance policies do not cover unattended vehicles). Instruments could also be severely damaged by a shunt or collision while in the boot.

Violins & Violas:

• Shoulder Rests: Improper attachment of shoulder rests can damage the sides and backs of violins. To avoid this, be sure the rubber on the feet of the shoulder rest is intact and always pull the feet over the back edge, rather than sliding them into position.
• Cases: When putting your violin into the case, remember to remove the shoulder rest before closing the lid. Make it a habit to automatically fasten the latches of the case whenever you close the lid, even if you don't intend to carry it away immediately. Many instruments have suffered severe damage from falling out of a case that someone forgot to close properly before picking it up.

 

Bows
• Storage: Always store the bow in your case to avoid damage. Wipe off any perspiration and excess rosin from the stick of the bow before storing it.
• Music Stands: Leaving a bow on the lip of a music stand is especially dangerous in orchestra situations. Use the bow for playing only. Do not point or gesticulate with it while talking, and never applaud the Maestro or Soloist by tapping the bow against a music stand. (People do this, so we have to include it!).
• Rosin: Rosin the bow as needed for the desired consistency of sound. If a lot of white dust can be seen on the instrument after playing, you are probably using too much rosin. When putting rosin on a bow, cover the ferrule (the metal ring where the hair enters the frog) with your thumb so the rosin will not hit the metal, which can chip or break the rosin.
• The Hair: If a single hair breaks, use scissors to cut it from the bow.? Pulling the hair will loosen the knots that hold the hair in the tip and frog. Try to avoid touching the hair. The natural oils on your skin will counteract the gripping effect of the rosin.
• Over-tightening: Make sure you do not over-tighten the bow hair. The distance between the stick and the hair in the middle of the bow should not be much wider than a pencil for violin and slightly wider for a cello, and there should still be plenty of camber (curve) in the stick. Always loosen the tension of the bow after each playing session, for the bow can lose some of its camber (curve) if you do not.
• Low Humidity: Constant usage over time and high humidity can lengthen the hair, sometimes so much that it cannot be fully tightened. Conversely, if you travel to a dry area with a freshly re-haired bow, the hair may become so short that it cannot be loosened (because bow hair shrinks in dry weather). This constant tension can affect the camber (curve) of your bow. Additionally, during a sudden dry spell, the resulting shrinkage can break the head off of a bow that has not been loosened after playing. If you notice that your bow has been affected by either humid or dry conditions, take the bow to a violinmaker for correction.
• The Bow Bug or Carpet Beetle: If your bow has been stored in a closed case for a long period of time, you may notice that many of the bow hairs look as if they've been cut. This is due to the carpet beetle larva, which feeds on bow hair, tortoise shell and whalebone. If you know you won't be using your bow for a period of time, don't leave it in a closed case for carpet beetle larvae thrive in dry, dark places. For longer periods of storage, we recommend placing mothballs, cedar chips or camphor in your case and storing your bow in a sealed plastic bag (available from most dealers).


What to do if you have an accident with your Instrument
• Cracks: If your instrument cracks, do not touch the area! The natural oils on your fingers will contaminate the wood and lessen the bonding capacity of the glue, making it more difficult to make an invisible repair.
• If you notice a large new crack in the instrument, remove the strings, bridge, and tailpiece and bring the instrument to a violinmaker. If the crack is in the pegbox, don't push the pegs further in or the pegbox might break on the opposite side.
• A cracked bow tip should be repaired as soon as possible
• Bridges: If your bridge breaks or falls, remove the strings and tailpiece from the instrument. This prevents the tailpiece from scratching the top. Bring the instrument to a violinmaker for repair.
• Fingerboards: If the fingerboard comes loose, remove the strings, bridge, and tailpiece and bring the instrument to a violinmaker. The neck alone is not strong enough to withstand the string tension and may warp.
• Corners: If a corner breaks off, put the broken piece into a cellophane bag or similarly a sturdy box for safekeeping and take the piece and the instrument to a violinmaker. The repair will be easy and inexpensive. However, if you wait too long to have the repair done, the sharp edges of the break may wear down making it impossible to achieve a perfect fit with the broken piece. Your violinmaker will have to create a new piece, which will be considerably more expensive and will not be the original wood.
Finally: Never attempt any repair work on an instrument or a bow yourself. Leave your fragile and valuable instrument in the hands of a trained professional.

String instrument advice help on Cellos & Double Basses

03/04/2013

Haydock Music offers many instore articles about look after your instrument, this advice have been gathered over many years of experience. One such article is listed below on how to care for you string instrument:

Cello and Double Bass Instrument Care
General Handling:
• It is best to handle your instrument by the neck only. The natural oils from our skin attract dust and rosin to the varnish.
• Always dust the instrument and fingerboard with a soft cloth after practicing to prevent rosin dust from building up. Rosin left on the instrument can become tacky and difficult to remove.
• Never use alcohol or nail polish remover (acetone) near the instrument? It will dissolve the varnish.
• Never put an instrument into a car boot. On a hot day the varnish can bubble, and every there is the risk of instruments being stolen (many insurance policies do not cover unattended vehicles). Instruments could also be severely damaged by a shunt or collision while in the boot.

Cellos & Double Basses

• Soft Cases: When removing a cello or bass from a soft case, hold the zippers away from the body of the instrument when opening and closing them so they will not scratch the varnish. A bow is only safe in a soft case if the instrument is also in the case, so the bow should be placed in the soft case last and should be taken out first. A bow left alone in an otherwise empty soft case is very susceptible to breakage.
• Case Storage: Do not leave a cello or bass case standing up in a room. Passing people, shifting rugs, gusts of wind, etc. can knock the case over and damage the instrument.
• Storage: Do not lean a cello or bass up against a wall or corner. It is much safer lying on its side on the floor near a wall, but be careful not to place the instrument near radiators.
• Endpins: Never leave the endpin out when the instrument is lying on the floor. Others might trip over it.


Bows
• Storage: Always store the bow in your case to avoid damage. Wipe off any perspiration and excess rosin from the stick of the bow before storing it.
• Music Stands: Leaving a bow on the lip of a music stand is especially dangerous in orchestra situations. Use the bow for playing only. Do not point or gesticulate with it while talking, and never applaud the Maestro or Soloist by tapping the bow against a music stand. (People do this, so we have to include it!).
• Rosin: Rosin the bow as needed for the desired consistency of sound. If a lot of white dust can be seen on the instrument after playing, you are probably using too much rosin. When putting rosin on a bow, cover the ferrule (the metal ring where the hair enters the frog) with your thumb so the rosin will not hit the metal, which can chip or break the rosin.
• The Hair: If a single hair breaks, use scissors to cut it from the bow.? Pulling the hair will loosen the knots that hold the hair in the tip and frog. Try to avoid touching the hair. The natural oils on your skin will counteract the gripping effect of the rosin.
• Over-tightening: Make sure you do not over-tighten the bow hair. The distance between the stick and the hair in the middle of the bow should not be much wider than a pencil for violin and slightly wider for a cello, and there should still be plenty of camber (curve) in the stick. Always loosen the tension of the bow after each playing session, for the bow can lose some of its camber (curve) if you do not.
• Low Humidity: Constant usage over time and high humidity can lengthen the hair, sometimes so much that it cannot be fully tightened. Conversely, if you travel to a dry area with a freshly re-haired bow, the hair may become so short that it cannot be loosened (because bow hair shrinks in dry weather). This constant tension can affect the camber (curve) of your bow. Additionally, during a sudden dry spell, the resulting shrinkage can break the head off of a bow that has not been loosened after playing. If you notice that your bow has been affected by either humid or dry conditions, take the bow to a violinmaker for correction.
• The Bow Bug or Carpet Beetle: If your bow has been stored in a closed case for a long period of time, you may notice that many of the bow hairs look as if they've been cut. This is due to the carpet beetle larva, which feeds on bow hair, tortoise shell and whalebone. If you know you won't be using your bow for a period of time, don't leave it in a closed case for carpet beetle larvae thrive in dry, dark places. For longer periods of storage, we recommend placing mothballs, cedar chips or camphor in your case and storing your bow in a sealed plastic bag (available from most dealers).


What to do if you have an accident with your Instrument
• Cracks: If your instrument cracks, do not touch the area! The natural oils on your fingers will contaminate the wood and lessen the bonding capacity of the glue, making it more difficult to make an invisible repair.
• If you notice a large new crack in the instrument, remove the strings, bridge, and tailpiece and bring the instrument to a violinmaker. If the crack is in the pegbox, don't push the pegs further in or the pegbox might break on the opposite side.
• Bridges: If your bridge breaks or falls, remove the strings and tailpiece from the instrument. This prevents the tailpiece from scratching the top. Bring the instrument to a violinmaker for repair.
• Fingerboards: If the fingerboard comes loose, remove the strings, bridge, and tailpiece and bring the instrument to a violinmaker. The neck alone is not strong enough to withstand the string tension and may warp.
• Corners: If a corner breaks off, put the broken piece into a cellophane bag or similarly a sturdy box for safekeeping and take the piece and the instrument to a violinmaker. The repair will be easy and inexpensive. However, if you wait too long to have the repair done, the sharp edges of the break may wear down making it impossible to achieve a perfect fit with the broken piece. Your violinmaker will have to create a new piece, which will be considerably more expensive and will not be the original wood.
Finally: Never attempt any repair work on an instrument or a bow yourself. Leave your fragile and valuable instrument in the hands of a trained professional.