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  1. I have played all types of instruments, with the exception of a bowed string instrument. Between my husband and me, we have dozens of instruments. Just nothing with strings and a bow. Well . . . I think the social distancing boredom got to me. I just bought a violin online. I bought it mostly for looks (I like old looking instruments). However, I do want to play. It did not include a bow so I know I need to get one. We do have a local violin store, but with all small businesses being closed down, I don't know how long it will take until I can take it there to see what needs to be done to make it playable. The seller will ship it to me. My question is what do I need to do with it once it arrives? I have dealt with other wood instruments so I know the risks of cracking and other things. I'm hoping it does well in shipping (not too cold, not too humid). Would it be better to go pick it up? Is there any type of acclimation process it needs to go through? Is there anything I need to check? For example, I know to check the soundboard of a piano to make sure it's not cracked. I think it's an old violin. Do I need to do anything special? Control humidity? Check humidity? Is there a way to know for sure it's older? I'm attaching photos. The seller said it was a David Hope violin. If that helps.