As the weather starts to get chilly and we keep cozy and warm, we need to make adjustments to ensure our instruments are comfortable too!
Here in the midwest, as the temperature drops, normally too comes a drop in humidity levels. This happens especially in our homes when we kick on our furnaces and send dry, warm air throughout the house. Just as we may need to put on lotion or add humidifiers to keep us comfortable, our instruments also need the added humidity to prevent cracks and open seams. Since our instruments are made of wood, they are very susceptible to humidity changes. Shrinkage cracks and/or edges coming unglued are common for instruments stored in overly dry conditions.
The ideal environment for string instruments lives in the 40-60% humidity range. Some homes may be at this level naturally or by using furnace humidifiers, but many musicians need to take extra steps to keep their instruments in working order. Although this guide is not all inclusive, we hope to provide a good foundation of understanding to get started.
Room Humidifier/ Furnace Humidifier
Oasis Case Humidifiers
D'Addario Small Instrument Humidifier
What about Dampits?
Dampits are another way of humidifying your instrument, albeit a bit more old school. We tell customers that if they want to use a Dampit, to be very careful in doing so. Dampits can bring a higher risk as you are putting a submerged sponge directly into the instrument f-holes. You must use caution to ensure there will be no drips into the interior of your instrument. Dampits also must be monitored closely as dried up Dampits may actually pull moisture out of the air.
If you still have questions, we are happy to help! Give us a call at 614-267-7221 or send us an email at email@example.com
The Loft Violin Shop has been providing quality rentals, services, maintenance, repairs, and instruments since 1976, A family owned business in Columbus, Ohio, team members are passionate about music and craftsmanship alike. Learn more under the "About Us" tab or visit us in-store.