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    Yinmui
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    Hi! As winter is approaching, I am wondering what is the ideal temperature for a violin? As I go to church rehearsal, I take my violin out door every week. I am ready for winter, as I have a bag, beside the case, hygrometer and thermometer, and a humidifier. I tried to look for this information on your blogs, but couldn’t find anything regarding temperatures.

    Thanks for responding!

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    Michael Sanchez
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    It is not so much about temperature as it is about humidity levels. If humidity in the area you are in gets below 35%, that is an area where you might want to consider either a dampit, or a humidifier in your home. This type of humidity implies dry air and typically happens in colder weather. It also is dangerous to have your violin in extreme heat, but I would say this is above 90 degrees. This can happen if you leave the violin in a car in the hot summer time, where things bad can happen. For both situations, let me give you the extremes:

    Very Dry – Cracking, open seams
    Very Hot – Potential separation of wood (worst case scenario neck comes off the body of the instrument–I’ve seen that happen twice)

    In hot weather a mild occurrence is strings going out of tune.

    Hopefully this post gives you enough fears to take humidity seriously! 🙂

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    Michael Sanchez
    Keymaster

    It is not so much about temperature as it is about humidity levels. If humidity in the area you are in gets below 35%, that is an area where you might want to consider either a dampit, or a humidifier in your home. This type of humidity implies dry air and typically happens in colder weather. It also is dangerous to have your violin in extreme heat, but I would say this is above 90 degrees. This can happen if you leave the violin in a car in the hot summer time, where things bad can happen. For both situations, let me give you the extremes:

    Very Dry – Cracking, open seams
    Very Hot – Potential separation of wood (worst case scenario neck comes off the body of the instrument–I’ve seen that happen twice)

    In hot weather a mild occurrence is strings going out of tune.

    Hopefully this post gives you enough fears to take humidity seriously! 🙂

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    Yinmui
    Participant

    I actually had an incident with very cold weather, Michael, that was why I asked. My chin rest came loose once when I was going to lesson when it was in extreme cold. I don’t want that to happen again. I have my humidifier, and violin bag with me this year. Thanks for answering!

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