A question that should be asked. This is very important. Is it ok to leave a violin out of it’s case, and for how long can I leave it out of it’s case?
Well that depends. The answer to the first question, is it ok to leave the violin out of it’s case is a clear and definite no. But the answer to the second question is a different question. Leaving the violin out of it’s case for brief periods of time is perfectly ok. There is nothing wrong with leaving the violin on stage during a concert as long as you pack it away after the concert is over.
It is never ok to leave a violin out of it’s case because what will happen is that ruin and decay will set in.
The first thin you need to remember about a violin is that it’s a wooden instrument. The wood is adaptable to weather. In cold weather it swells and in hot weather it contracts. This affects the tuning, the strings and the violin itself. To keep it in tune and in good shape, never ever leave it in a hot car on a sunny day or in the cold outside the house for long periods of time. By long periods of time I mean even half an hour or more. Try to keep it in a constant temperature.
This is another reason it is not ok to leave a violin out of it’s case. The case is designed to be a buffer for the weather. This does not mean be reckless and put it in a hot car, but rather that it’s there to provide a tiny bit of protection against the elements and weather.
A third reason why it’s not ok to leave a violin out of it’s case is because people can walk past and bump or knock it down. This may chip and damage the wood.
For the violin to stay in the best shape possible, it’s never ok to leave it out of it’s case and it should always be put away in it’s case.
I hope this has been helpful. Please remember it’s not ok to leave a violin out of it’s case and that you always need to take good care of your violin. It’s an expensive instrument, and just as expensive to fix if it’s not maintained properly.