Humidty Control

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Rudy Mueller
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Re: Humidty Control

Post by Rudy Mueller » Tue Jan 01, 2019 5:42 pm

Still in near perfect tune on a day to day basis, and that is after nearly one month. My next table will have removable dowel/rod (s) upon which to hang moist towel(s) directly below (~10 cm) the instrument in winter, removable in summer** and when not playing. Remember, my tables are "open top", described elsewhere on this site.

....and the Meinel-Herold can only be described as having an entirely different soul.

Remember, your music area is really a micro-environment. If playing on a massive table, that table is a massive, (and perhaps near anhydrous) sponge, sucking the moisture out of everything around it.

....and Happy New Year to all.


**...when summer comes, I must remember it's just 2+ miles to lake Michigan, and I may have the opposite situation.

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Re: Humidty Control

Post by kenbloom » Wed Jan 02, 2019 7:56 am

Happy New Year to you Rudi. I remember when I lived in Chicago, Evanston actually, the summers were intensely moist, the opposite of the very dry winters. As the humidity increased I had to remember to tune my zither and bandura down as they began to go sharp as the humidity swelled the wood. My Meinel was always extremely sensitive to humidity changes. That meant a lot of tuning when I was traveling from town to town. Having a more stable place to play is indeed a blessing. I hope this year hold nothing but good times and good music for you and your family.

Ken Bloom

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Re: Humidty Control

Post by Andy » Wed Jan 02, 2019 10:33 am

Happy New Years Everyone!

Earlier in December, during a long practice session with the heat on, all of the strings on my Wünsche went flat. I decided then to take the advice of the forum and turned my office into a humidity controlled music room. I’ve put in a hygrometer, room humidifier and case humidifiers and the door is kept closed. With the heat running I’ve managed to keep the relative humidity in the room in the mid forties and in the cases at high forties / low fifties. Besides strings staying in tune, the room itself is generally more comfortable to be in. Almost feels like a little musical sanctuary.

- Andy

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