Maybe it's just me, but I find if I leave a violin out in the open air for a few days or weeks, it sounds better than when its stored in a case. Even if its just sitting there, not being played, independent of weather and humidity-- a case just seems to choke the sound a bit. This holds true for both old and new instruments.
Possible theories: exposure to moving air dries out wood, ambient sounds in the room keep the instrument alive, or maybe outgassing of synthetic case linings change the molecular structure of the wood...or leave an invisible film on the violin.
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