Room vs Case Humidifier
My violin case is too small for a humidifier, and am considering just getting a small room humidifier instead. Except for when I go to my lessons my violin stays in my room that doubles as my practice/study room. It just doesn't travel beyond lessons.
Are there any downsides to this? It's a small room so it wouldn't require anything large. Curious what others may have used for this.
I use a steam humdifier. I have a device that tells me what the relative humidity in the room is. I am for around 40-45% in the wintertime at 65 F. Luthier David Burgess has studied this in some detail and he has a whole website on various methods and devices.
Room humidifier, definitely. You're better off controlling the room climate than the case climate and it's too easy to get the case humidity wrong.
Agree 100% with Lydia. Think of how small the enclosed space of a case is. It is far easy for too much moisture to make the case overly humid. Never use an f hole snake humidifier as they can cause water damage to the violin. My added suggestion is to use purified, preferably distilled water, without salts added to keep down the precipitates evaporating from the water. Here’s a link to Dave Burgess’ comments on humidity.
As most of the people have said here already, a room humidifier is probably much better. I'm not really for those case humidifiers or the Dampits which people insert inside their violins. Dampits have known to cause water damage in instruments.
If you can get the room right, all will be well. But that can be a time-consuming nuisance, depending on your climate and the size of the room.
Jane, the steam vaporizers which boil the water by passing electrical current through it won't work very well with distilled water. The water needs some mineral content to be sufficiently electrically conductive. As Paul mentioned, adding a little bicarbonate of soda will increase the conductivity of water which doesn't have enough natural mineral content.
Thanks for all of the helpful information, it is appreciated! You've confirmed my thought that even if my case did have room for a humidifier that a room solution would be preferable.