- Always loosen the bow before putting it away. Loosening the bow prevents the bow from becoming warped.
- Always tighten the bow before playing.
- Do not drop the bow or tap or bang the head of the bow, as this can break or crack the head and ruin the bow
- Keep the bow away from extreme temperatures, and extreme damp or dry conditions.
- Keep the bow stick clean by wiping off excess rosin and perspiration with a clean cloth after each use
- Avoid touching the hairs of the bow with your hands or fingers or other bare skin. The oils from your skin will ruin the bow hairs.
- Make sure your bow has been properly treated with rosin before playing. To do so, first, tighten the bow. Then rub the rosin against the length of the bow hairs until you feel some friction between the rosin and the bow hairs. Repeat this process whenever necessary. A helpful hint—when a new block of rosin is used for the first time, it helps to rough up the surface of the rosin with sand paper or some other abrasive (a disposable fingernail file will do the job) before rubbing it on the bow hairs.
- Never write on the bow or on the bow hairs or apply any substance to the bow hairs but rosin.
- Never wash the bow hairs with water or try to otherwise clean them with any product.
- Never put tape or stickers on the bow or bow hairs
- If a bow hair breaks, carefully snip it off near its connected end(s) with a pair of scissors. Do not pull it out, as this may damage other hair strands on the bow
- Your instrument case is designed to help protect your instrument, but it is not indestructible and it does not protect against rough treatment. Treat your case with the same respect you treat your instrument.
- Never sit or stand on your instrument case, even when empty.
- Never write on your instrument case, and don’t put on tape or stickers. Name and address labels in a variety of colors are provided by Day Violins as part of the rental. If you want to further easily distinguish your case from others, use a distinctive bright colored ribbon tied around the handle.
- After you remove your instrument from a “hard” case, shut and latch the lid of the case. Then store the case in a safe place.
- Never force the lid of the “hard” case closed. To do so may damage the lid and hinges, as well as the instrument inside.
- Never force the zipper of a soft case closed. If the instrument is properly stored in the case, the zipper should close easily. Re-arrange the instrument in the case, then try again.
- If the case fails for any reason—broken strap, broken hinge, broken handle, broken zipper, etc.—immediately contact Day Violins to arrange for a replacement case. If a strap starts to unravel, or come loose, immediately contact Day Violins to arrange for a repair or a replacement case.
- A block of rosin is supplied by Day Violins in the initial rental. Replacement rosin is the responsibility of the Renter.
- With some brands of rosin, when a new block of rosin is used for the first time, it helps to rough up the surface of the rosin with sand paper or some other abrasive (a disposable fingernail file will do the job) before rubbing it on the bow hairs. The rosin supplied by Day Violins with the Day Violin logo does not need this treatment to be used.
- Rosin will melt at higher temperatures. Do not allow it to sit in direct sunlight, or to be stored in a case that sits in direct sunlight.
- BASS ROSIN is especially temperamental and will melt even at regular room temperatures if the container is left open or if it is left out of the container.
- Rosin that is cold will not transfer properly to the bow hairs. For best results, the rosin should be “room temperature”.