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The leaves are falling, the humidity is rising and it’s time to humidify your instrument. Your instrument is made of wood, a natural hygroscopic material that absorbs moisture from the air. In the fall, when the natural humidity drops and our furnaces kick in, wood releases it’s moisture into the air. This causes the wood to shrink in size. It is vitally important during these chilly months to humidify our instruments to keep moisture in the wood.
Britannica Encyclopedia identifies the need for humidifying as the climate changes:
any that produces by the vibration of stretched , which may be made of vegetable fibre, metal, animal gut, silk, or artificial materials such as
plastic or nylon. has a marked effect on musical instruments: humidity expands a wooden instrument, and dryness contracts it. Of these factors, dryness is the most harmful, since the contraction of the wood actually pulls the instrument apart. Much has been expended over the centuries in investigations of various varnishes, shellacs, glues, and sealers. Many makers prefer to make their instruments in dry conditions, for the expansion caused by humidity is unlikely to prove as harmful as the contraction caused by dryness. http://www.britannica.com/art/stringed-instrument/The-violin-family “
The biggest danger to an instrument is a drastic change in temperature or humidity. If you wait to humidify your instrument until your pegs spin out or until you have an open seam, you have waited too long! Humidification after the fact is still better than nothing, yet is hard on your instrument because it makes the instrument swell after already being contracted. Bare in mind, the lack of humidity will come out in it’s performance! Try to be pro-active and start humidifying right now before the humidity falls below 35%.
Mention this article and receive a discount in October your humidifier purchase.