Luthier Lineu Bravo’s Tips to preserve your musical instrument and accessories

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If you are a professional musician, you must know all the advantages of playing a well preserved musical instrument.

No matter what your field is, the instrument requires a lot of attention concerning not only tuning but also cleaning, transportation and partition.

Check out some tips to preserve your instrument and accessories

Musical Instrument Case

Never forget to keep it in its case (padded or velvety). Strings, for example, are extremely sensitive to climate variation and humidity, which can make them go rusty or untune them.

Luthier Lineu Bravo warns for the importance of the upkeep of the case in humid places: “Important tip for you! If you live in a humid place, at least once a month, you must leave your instrument case open in the sun for about 15 minutes, so that it doesn’t get moldy”.

Transport

A musician must watch out for the transportation of their instrument. Apart from the case, it is important to transport them in safe places.

When travelling by plane, guitars must be transported as a carry-on luggage.

Cleaning

Cleaning is a very delicate process. The product must be a proper one.

For string Instruments, you can use dry flannels to clean the wood and the strings to eliminate dust.

Guitars must be kept on a tripod holder. It is not recommend to leant it against the wall, because it may slide and fall down.

About Lineu Bravo

Lineu Bravo is an autodidact luthier and fond of good music. From an early age he developed intimacy with wood at his father workshop. He built his first instrument when he was 14. Since then, his guitars, ‘cavacos’, mandolins and ‘violas’ have been purchased by respected musicians. Guinga, Marcus Tardelli, Zélia Duncan, Marco Pereira, João Bosco, Yamandú Costa, Chico Buarque, Ulisses Rocha, Hamilton de Holanda, Ângela Muner, Rogério Caetano, Maurício Carrilho, Luciana Rabello, João Lyra, Maurício Marques, Edson Lopes, Alessandro Penezzi, Juarez Moreira, Fernando César, Jayme Vignoli, Flávio Apro, Giacomo Bartoloni, Swami Jr, Rosa Passos, Ana Carolina, Zé Paulo Becker, and Douglas Lora are some of them.