“Cupid protects the sound of music in Venice” 2015 by Peter Cerf
With apologies to professional weather forecasters, aren’t you glad you don’t earn your living that way? While it’s one of the few jobs in which you can make mistakes every day and not be sent packing, winters like the one we just had have to be frustrating.
For many of us it was a wildly unpredictable winter. Several times in New York, where we are headquartered, in a span of four days it went from bone chilling to short-sleeves-only to snow and then to early-summer warmth.
How did you do? Were you able to adjust without getting sick or injured? If you play a musical instrument, particularly a string or woodwind, you know that wood can warp, split, and crack if it isn’t kept at the right humidity.
IF YOU DON’T keep your instrument in a case—say you hang your guitar on the wall—you’ve got one option: make sure that the humidity in the room is always kept at the proper level. That’s not easy to do, even if you have a room-sized humidifier. Every time you open the door, you change the humidity. It’s then up to the humidifier to readjust that level.
IF YOU DO: When you open your case to practice or to entertain your friends, you’ll affect the amount of humidity remaining in it. The good news is there’s less air that needs to be regulated. At the same time, that air will immediately mix with the air outside your case. The best way to protect your instrument is to make sure you have an easily adjustable, totally reliable humidifier to re-establish the humidity and keep the quality of your sound at just the right level.
For more information about musical instrument humidification and HUMISTAT® products, visit our FAQ page at www.humistat.com/faq. If you don’t find the answer to a question you have, contact me at [email protected]. I’ll do my very best to get you the answer.
Have a great spring.