Instrument Care

With the weather alternating between hot and wet the humidity levels are on the rise so we thought it was time to use a #WednesdayWisdom post to remind you of a few tips to help keep your instruments in the best possible condition.

One thing that always makes us smile is when new visitors to The Old Dairy comment on how cool it is inside and ask why we have the blinds down in the showroom on a sunny day. Keeping the blinds down helps to keep the showroom at a constant temperature and the instruments out of direct sunlight.

As always, when we recommend you take extra care of your instruments. remember our tips are even more important if you have instruments using kiln-dried wood rather than the well-aged, traditionally seasoned, woods used by our luthiers.

Regardless of how your instrument was made we suggest you try to do the following:

  • Keep your instruments out of direct sunlight
  • Keep them away from hot humid areas.
  • Keep your instruments in their cases as much as possible and ensure you dry out the silica gel packs (we include one or two in your case) regularly.
  • Wipe them over so they are completely dry before putting them away
  • If you have some very expensive instruments, and the money to do it, invest in a humidity controlled case for them.