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    rebecca
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    I know it sounds kinda funny, but has anyone used a Dampit? It’s a rubber tube with a sponge core, dip it in water and squeeze it out. It fits inside the F-hole and is supposed to keep the violin from drying out.

    #15345

    Tulsagirl
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    I have used one in the past; however, I was inconsistent about keeping it damp. My violin shop owner (also a cellist) told me that for my climate in Oklahoma it did not matter if I used one or not. The key is to use it properly (damp) all the time or don’t use it al all. As I seem to forget to keep it damp, I removed it. Perhaps if one live in a very dry climate such as Arizona it may be more necessary. In OK we have quite a bit of humidity.

    #16237

    Musicloverk
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    I was wondering about these as well. Is it difficult to get them out of the violin? Do you take them out when you play the instrument? It seems like they might rattle or change the sound if left inside the violin while playing. Can they cause any problems with the sound post position like bumping it out of position?

    #16263

    HDuaneaz
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    Never used one, but I have seen them in others’ violin cases.

    • This reply was modified 8 months, 4 weeks ago by  HDuaneaz.
    #16570

    Ilovecello
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    I use one in the winter and I think it makes a difference , but I dont think it is nessisary in the summer.

    #16866

    BusyTXMama
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    Someone recommended these to my mom when I was first learning how to play, so she insisted my sister and I always keep them in our instruments. She completely wanted to avoid damage from dryness. They are really easy to get in and out. Pull it out before you play, and slide it back in when you put the instrument away. If you don’t have a hygrometer (sp?) in your case, I think it’s a good idea to always have a dampit on hand.

    #16985

    dew156
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    Dampits are important for keeping your instrument in good condition. Especially when you leave in a place with controversial weather like where I live which is Minnesota. They are especially good in the winter because if it’s in our warm house, then you take it outside to go somewhere, and back into a warm building, it can make the instrument expand and contract and have bad results.

    #17442

    BobbyAyres
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    I had been keeping my instrument on a stand in my room with my other instruments (Las Vegas). I purchased a Damiano from Michael and within two months I felt the fingerboard moving some on the body end. Michael was awesome but I took it in to a local violin shop and the fingerboard was separating from the neck. It’s been 100-120 outside lately here.
    They did an awesome job repairing it and recommended the dampit in the instrument and the small container humidifier in the case also. So I am doing both now and hopefully no more problems. Herco HE360

    #17515

    Chantelle
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    Yes, you take it out when you play. The difficult thing is making sure it stays wet, because if it drys out, it will then suck the moisture out of the instrument.

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