On a side note, I have a Troy Public Library card. I talked to the woman who does Siegel Violins, and she said electrical tape is fine, might leave a bit of residue, but that comes off easy enough. So I don't know what my teacher used when I was learning, but electrical tape is good enough. Shpiffle.
All that walking and my hair had ice in it when I was done. Not just sitting on my hair, but somehow melting and refreezing around the follicles, creating a really weird sorta grittyness.