What is everyone’s favorite humidification system??
What is everyone’s preferred humidifier? Been scoping out the Bobelock system. Anyone like the Stretto one?
I use Dampits in my instruments when it is dry enough so that the skin on my face feels dry. Very scientific.
I've posted so many times already about humidification, that I'm reluctant to get even more repetitive.
I use stretto bags and they seem to work well. Only downside is that they "dry out" and stop absorbing water after they've been used a while and you have to buy more.
I prefer the tube that comes with the Musafia case. The stretto bags have ongoing cost issues and the bobelock bottle is too small to have any effect.
You know, I have never used a humidification system and actually leave my violin out (ready to be played) all the time unless I'm taking it somewhere. I had issues with bows sometimes tightening or loosening on its own and sometimes a string becomes way out of tune but only when the weather changed a lot or I haven't played it for a while. I know yikes right! I do have a 2009 violin and I guess newer violins can withstand more.
I suggest a multi-layered approach
Musafia tube is very good. Boveda gel packs for more long-term security.
Can you buy the Musafia tube somewhere online?
So far, I've never used anything inside the case. I'm around the 34th parallel in the American Southeast, where warm, humid air dominates more than half the year. In winter, I use a centrally-located humidifier set at 50%.
There are designs where you replace the "string tube" (which is BS anyway) with a piece of rigid tubing that you buy at the hardware store, pack loosely with some kind of adsorbent material, and cut a bunch of holes in it. Whatever you do, you've got to ensure that it cannot ever drip liquid water into or onto your violin.
I agree with Paul. String tubes don’t really have much use now. Who buys uncoiled gut strings these days?
I currently use two dampids that I knot at one of the bowholders, as my two small humidity tanks I bought are not powerfull enough.
I'm currently using a Stretto and more recently a Dampit. My violin sounds best when the case humidity is between 50 and 60%.
Kan Pai, humidification is highly advised in climates with very cold winter temperatures. In this situation, indoor relative humidity levels can easily drop below 15%. Repair people in these areas are well familiar with "the high crack" season.
Does anyone prefer the Oasis??
I've tried a number of humidification systems. My current and favorite is the Boveda. It's a two way system that adds and removes moisture to maintain desirable levels. The 49% packs are what I use. They last for several months.
I use an Oasis Mandolin humidifer. I used fabric glue to glue the magnet in my case so I could be sure it wouldn’t ever move. Every happy with it.