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    BethanyM
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    Does heat and humidity hurt the violin much?

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    Brandon.jones085
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    I’ve heard that heat can mess up a violin pretty badly. I do a lot of playing outdoors and I know that when I go from indoor to outdoor or the other way around, I typically have to adjust the tuning from the change in temp/humidity. That probably isn’t too great for the instrument.

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    Prog1
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    yes what are the temp. guidelines?

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    Chantelle
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    A general rule of thumb is that if you are uncomfortable, so is your instrument. So room temperature is best. If you must take your instrument out in extreme heat or cold, the best thing you can do is introduce it slowly. Moving from hot to cold very quickly can be more damaging than prolonged exposure. Heat is dangerous because the wood will expand. Also, since the violin is made of two different woods, maple and spruce, they expand and contract different amounts. In the cold, there isn’t much humidity in the air, so it can dry out your instrument. Either way it can cause cracks, and the smallest of cracks can cost hundreds of dollars to repair.

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    lamoneeka
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    Have you seen Michael’s article, here? I have been wondering about weather conditions and the best way to store my violin, too. I just purchased one of the wall-hanging mounts, but after doing some Internet searching, and a few of the sites recommending keeping your violin in its case always when not in use, I’m not sure that’s the best way to store it.

    I started looking for the positive requirements for keeping one’s violin happy. So far as I understand, the two prime ways to keep your violin happy are by maintaining a moderate temperature (my normal 68-70 degrees Fahrenheit may be too cool, I don’t know, as of yet); and allowing your instrument to adjust slowly to any wide variations in climate conditions.

    Because I live in Southeast Texas, home to more species of mold than anywhere else in the United States, I am extremely loath to use the Dampits, due to the risk of transferring spores and then incrementally encouraging mold growth. So I purchased a hygrometer for my living room (this set of three, since I’m concerned about fluctuations near the large window where I want to hang my violin and want to spot check conditions there relative to other locations in the room), and another for directly near my violin, to check and double-check it’s happy.

    If any of you has or comes across any more good information, please do share, because I think we all share an interest in protecting our investments! 🙂

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