There are a few things you can do to keep your violin in good shape during the summer months.
- Check your violin out every few weeks, especially if you are not playing it. Visually check it to make sure there are no signs of warping and check for open seams every place there is a joint on the instrument. Also, listen for any changes in the sound of the violin.
- Keep your violin out of direct sunlight or enclosed areas. Specifically, don't store your violin in a hot car.
- If in extreme temperatures, allow the instrument to come back to room temperature slowly. The stress put on your violin by sudden temperature changes can be catastrophic. In short, slow, gentle changes in the environment are much easier for any wood instrument to handle.
- Clean any rosin debris off your violin right away. Rosin can become stickier in the heat and leftover pieces can end up sticking to the varnish permanently!