Care and Preservation
CARE AND PRESERVATION
If you have a treasured old musical instrument, it may be too delicate for heavy repairs or restoration. If this is the case you may consider that a conservation care plan is the best way to look after it. There are a number of reasons to take this approach. Very often, the value of an old instrument is in its original features, which an extensive repair programme might remove. If there are no immediate plans to play an instrument it is probably better to leave it undisturbed. There is little point in undertaking repairs to fix parts that are never going to be used and which might destroy the instrument’s historical integrity. In this case a scheme of light care and preservation can be the most effective option.
Most musical instruments tend to be under dynamic tension, which means that they can be subject to catastophic damage if mishandled or kept in inappropriate conditions. For long-term care, instruments should be kept in an environment which does not suffer from wild variations in temperature and relative humidity. It is also a good idea to limit the handling of the instruments and keep them clean and free from surface dust and dirt.