Dehumidifying your violin - is it good?
My city is wet, around an average humidity of 80% over the year. It’s been raining for weeks, i was told to keep the violin dry by putting extra drying agent inside of my case. Since then my violin is never in tune again. Pegs slipped.
I have a question. Is it really preferable to try to maintain the inside of your case a certain RH according to traditional wisdom? Would it hurt the instrument more to let humidity change every time you take it out and put it back?
I mean, if you practice every day, is there a point to put desiccant or humidifyer in the case? Does it help or harm?
Not sure about the change over those practice hours. But there are several ways to dehumidify.
I would just leave it be.
Just because trees don't mind rain doesn't mean extremes of humidity are fine for musical instruments.
I cannot comment on violins, but with cello, I definitely have to manage the relative humidity. I seek to maintain the studio rh at 50%, and the range of 40% through 60% is pretty well risk free. Cotton, it is not the wood that is damaged, but the glue. And, with the cello, the back can come unstuck.
I used to live in extreme humidity. The trees cherish the water-our instruments do not.
It's not the humidity, but the sudden change which causes damage. An instrument will survive at 90% humidity and at 10% humidity, but probably not going from one to the other in an hour.
Trees are not made of dead, aged, carved, and varnished wood. Really, Cotton, do you actually think about what you write, or are you just angling for a career as a shock jock?
Cotton, at high moisture levels such as 90%, the wood in an instrument becomes much more susceptible to bending and distortion from the string forces. This isn't as dramatic and sudden as cracking from low moisture levels, so it often goes unnoticed until the owner is facing a large repair bill.
Thank you all for the advice!!
Stephen, thanks! I'm searching for the "Boveda humidity pouches" you mentioned, it sounds wonderful
I lived in Taiwan for 2 years and during that time some glue came loose from the high humidity. The neck came loose from the box at the bottom such that the fingerboard was bent down by the tension of the strings and was touching the the top. I thought there must be lots of damage but no wood was actually split, just bent out of shape. The Taiwanese luthier had obviously seen this before and told us it was from the moisture. He glued it up nicely for me.
I use one of these dehumidifiers:
"desiccant (like calcium chloride) inside the case if I can't afford a humidity-controlled studio?"
Thanks so much for all the input!!!