SouthPark The main (actually - the 'only') concern I have for violin is having the instrument right next to my ear all the time. I wonder if they put some 'attenuators' in their ears - to give some protection or relief.
I had the same concern when my daughter started playing this instrument (and at the same time my other daughter started clarinet), so I did some research. Turns out, that's not a problem, also because violins are relatively quiet, compared for example to pianos, which is one reason why in an orchestra a section of violinists play all the same melody: to get enough volume! On the other hand, clarinetists have this problem which I was shocked to learn! And some use some attenuators in their ears, such as these ones:
To be clear, it's not the clarinet itself that's loud and ear damaging! It's the trumpets and trombones that:
- are extremely loud
- in classical orchestras are seated right behind the clarinets and
- their bells are pointed right into the clarinetists' ears....