How to Clean Your Violin at Home by Kennedy Violins
Hi, this is Jeff here at Kennedy Violins,and today I'm going to be talking to you a little bit about cleaning your violin at home.What we do here at the shop is use our varnish cleaner. There are many different types andthere are some on our website that we recommend. We'll take the varnish cleaner and a microfibercloth here, and we'll go ahead and apply a dimesized amount of cleaner to the rag. We'regoing to start on the back and go ahead and rub thoroughly to kind of just blend in. Westart on the back because there is a larger surface area for the cleaner to go aroundand get distributed on the rag. So that helps us here on the front of the violin so youdon't get any cleaner buildup on the bridge,
chin rest, or the tailpiece. And here youcan see this violin has a lot of rosin buildup on the top. So we're going to go and wipeit away. Notice that I'm not touching the fingerboard yet. We'll use vinegar for allof the ebony fittings such as the chin rest and the fingerboard. So now that I've gotthe base layer of rosin off the top here, we're ready to move to the fingerboard. Nowyou'll take a paper towel and some vinegar. You might have a little sweat buildup onyour chin rest. The vinegar is perfect for removing that. And then we'll move to thefingerboard and just get here under the strings. I'm not even pressing down that much. Noticeit comes off pretty well. You can see the
difference already. It's important to notethat you should never use anything like acetone or paint thinner to remove any rosin or greasethat's on your violin. It's a very thin finish. Now that that's done, that's our first gothroughof that, and it's already a noticeable difference from when we started.When you have rosin buildupon your strings, you can go to the supermarket and get this Magic Rub eraser, and we'll takethe Magic Rub eraser and just follow the string. And then you can run your finger over thestrings to get an even feeling, and then you'll know that you've gotten all of the rosin offthe strings, and you can even take it under the string too because rosin tends to buildup all over the string here. We'll take our
cloth again and just kind of wipe off allthe eraser dust. Then we'll come back and add just a little bit more varnish cleaner,a little less than a dime's worth now, and go and wipe the rag all throughout the violin.And now your violin should be nice and clean for you to play.
The Story of Bottled Water 2010
This is a story about a world obsessed with stuff. It's a story about a system in crisis. We're trashing the planet. We're trashing each other. And we're not even having fun. The good thing is that when we start to understand the system, we start to see lots of places to step in
and turn these problems into solutions. One of the problems with trying to use less stuff is that sometimes we feel like we really need it. What if you live in a city like, say, Cleveland and you want a glass of wateré Are you going to take your chances and get it from the city tapé Or should you reach for a bottle of water
that comes from the pristine rainforests ofâ€¦ Fijié Well, Fiji brand water thought the answer to this question was obvious. So they built a whole ad campaign around it. It turned out to be one of the dumbest moves in advertising history. You see, the city of Cleveland didn't like being the butt of Fiji's jokes,
so they did some tests and guess whaté These tests showed a glass of Fiji water is lower quality, it loses taste tests against Cleveland tap and costs thousands of times more. This story is typical of what happens when you test bottled water against tap water. Is it cleaneré
Sometimes, sometimes not. In many ways, bottled water is less regulated than tap. Is it tastieré In taste tests across the country, people consistently choose tap over bottled water. These bottled water companies say they're just meeting consumer demand.
But who would demand a less sustainable, less tasty, way more expensive product, especially one you can get for almost free in your kitchené Bottled water costs about 2000 times more than tap water. Can you imagine paying 2000 times the price of anything elseé How about a $10,000 sandwiché