Musical instruments are very delicate by nature and must be crafted to very close tolerances and parameters in order to provide the musical qualities desired of them. An instrument, which is properly made following exacting guidelines and centuries-old standards of wood aging and instrument crafting, can last for a lifetime. It is important to maintain an instrument very carefully in order to preserve its beauty, tonal capacity, harmonics, and accuracy. Just a small amount of preventive care from the owner or user can help ensure a long life of musical beauty and accuracy for an instrument. Some of the finest instruments used by today’s most accomplished artists are more than 400 years old. With a little care and attention, you can use your instrument for a lifetime and still hand it on to the next generation in perfect condition. Care guidelines and maintenance procedures help ensure the long life and maximum performance and enjoyment from your instrument.