|Have you ever looked at your violin's fingerboard?
The fingerboard of a violin is typically made of ebony. Ebony is a hard wood, and it can take a lot of punishment! But believe it or not the pressure that your finger makes against the string as it pushes down against the fingerboard can actually wear a groove in the fingerboard! A grooved fingerboard does not produce a clean sound.
For violin students who are off during the summer this might be a great time to have a grooved fingerboard replaced. Many of you won't have lessons during the summer anyway. And when the luthier is looking at the fingerboard he can do any other tune up work that the violin needs!