What is everyone’s favorite humidification system??

October 9, 2017, 4:04 PM · What is everyone’s preferred humidifier? Been scoping out the Bobelock system. Anyone like the Stretto one?


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October 9, 2017, 4:51 PM · I use Dampits in my instruments when it is dry enough so that the skin on my face feels dry. Very scientific.
October 9, 2017, 5:10 PM · I've posted so many times already about humidification, that I'm reluctant to get even more repetitive.
October 9, 2017, 5:11 PM · 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.
October 9, 2017, 5:21 PM · 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.

Cheers Carlo

Edited: October 9, 2017, 5:30 PM · 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.

Maybe someone can give horror stories so I change my practice.

So anyway I am no help to you. Don't read this! ;) You did ask for everyone's favorite humidification system.

October 9, 2017, 5:43 PM · I suggest a multi-layered approach

Control the humidity on the house level via a duct unit

Control the humidity in the room using a room unit

Control the humidity in the case using a large case tube system. The Stretto system seems ok, although I don't use it because my case has a large tube based system.

Don't put anything in your F-holes! These types of humidifiers can leak, cause localized moisture build-up, and can promote mold.

October 9, 2017, 6:20 PM · Musafia tube is very good. Boveda gel packs for more long-term security.
October 9, 2017, 6:26 PM · Can you buy the Musafia tube somewhere online?
Edited: October 9, 2017, 6:29 PM · 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%.
October 9, 2017, 6:58 PM · 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.
Edited: October 9, 2017, 10:05 PM · I agree with Paul. String tubes don’t really have much use now. Who buys uncoiled gut strings these days?

Cheers Carlo

October 9, 2017, 11:41 PM · 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.
On my other case I got a Musafia humidifier which is ok.
I am currently looking to get something similar for the first case too, as winter is comming.
In addition I control humidity in the room I store the cases and loosly control it in the rest of my house.
I bought a few enps to make a temp/humidity tracker for the cases that can telegraph me on my mobile when getting out of comfort zone and provide statistics on a wrest server.
October 10, 2017, 6:48 AM · I'm currently using a Stretto and more recently a Dampit. My violin sounds best when the case humidity is between 50 and 60%.

Am thinking about drilling holes into my string tube and filling with the water absorbent crystals, or maybe even felt, to see if that's a better solution compared to the Stretto.

Edited: October 10, 2017, 7:07 AM · 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.

Less dramatic and longer-term damage can come from moisture levels which are too high. I maintain a humidity level in my shop which never goes lower than 40%, or higher than 60 percent, year-round.

October 12, 2017, 5:50 PM · Does anyone prefer the Oasis??
October 12, 2017, 5:54 PM · 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.
October 12, 2017, 5:54 PM · 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.

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