Summer is coming!
My question is about the safest indoor temp range for violins. I've read, here and elsewhere, that the optimal temp range is 60-70 degrees, but my apt will never be that cold in the summer. I like summer temps between 78-83 depending on humidity. Now that winter has passed my violin stays on a stand for ease of access.
Is 78 too high a temperature for my violin? I assume >80 degrees is... am I just overthinking this? I do understand the dangers of leaving it in the car, or in the sun during the summer. Thanks in advance!
To some extent I think it depends on how finicky your violin is. Inasmuch as you don't seem to have any other option, you might just try and see. Humidity might be just as important as temperature too.
The great and classic string instruments made in northern Italy were subject to the wide natural variations of temperature and humidity of that locale's climate. A large number of those instruments are still with us and still being played and still great.
Thanks Andrew and Paul, this was my assumption starting out but the more I looked into it the more I started overthinking. My violin's tuning is normally quite stable, so I have this in mind as a good thing to watch to get an idea how finicky it may be this summer. Indianapolis isn't as humid as, say, Atlanta so that shouldn't be an issue.
Catherine, 78 degrees should be fine. I'd worry much more about extremes in humidity.
David - what would you consider the danger point for humidity?
I always keep the humidity in my shop between 40 and 60 percent. I consider the danger point of high humidity to be around 80 percent relative humidity, because that's the level where wood becomes so flexible that it deforms badly under stress (string tension).
This winter I was able to keep humidity in that room between 45/50% pretty easily, or at least in that ballpark as my room hygrometer is pretty basic. The saline test helped me understand its limitations. Will keep an eye on it this summer and try to keep it under control. Thanks for the info everyone!
Correct humidity > correct temperature.
I've been in north-central Alabama almost 18 years, around the 34th parallel. Hot, humid summers start early here and hang on a long time. In fact, it's warm enough about 8 months every year to practice and play in the garage. I regularly play the evening sessions out there, where the temp is often 85 F. -- give or take. I use a compact floor fan, about 10 feet away, when it gets that warm. The air current makes the room comfortable and keeps excess moisture from building up on the hands.
Thanks Cotton and Jim for adding to the conversation - I think I knew that proper humidity was more important than temperature, but it's really helpful to have it laid out that way. Most of information I've found online addressed winter conditions, or extreme outdoor summer conditions but little in between. I love my workshop intermediate violin, I won't outgrow it for quite sometime (if ever) and want to do what I can to keep it in good condition.
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