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Baby it’s cold outside

Brr – it’s certainly cold out there at the moment.

We know we’ve said this before but, with the last couple of nights dropping to below zero, we thought it was worth a #WednesdayWisdom to remind you to not only wrap up warm yourself but also wrap your instruments.

The standard advice is not to leave your instrument in the car when it’s cold. However, being a company by musicians for musicians, we know there are times when you simply cannot avoid leaving your instrument in a cold vehicle. In these situations we recommend the following:
– ensure it is kept in a hard case; gig bags do not afford the same protection. All our guitars are sold with a hard case but if yours came with a gig bag contact us to upgrade; we always a few cases available to purchase just give us a call.
– wrap the case in a couple of blankets or a sleeping bag. This will provide additional insulation and help to stop the instrument from freezing.
– when taking it out from the vehicle the following day, leave it in its case wrapped in blankets to allow it to equilibrate with the room temperature before taking it out to play. This is especially important with cheaper instruments but is still worth doing for quality ones.

We are fortunate in that the woods in all our instruments are well seasoned, for a minimum of ten years, with most having a good number of decades under their belts. Sadly, this isn’t true of all instruments. Furthermore, some lacquers can shrink and harden as the temperature drops and, when the wood doesn’t shrink at the same rate, the result can be heart-breaking.

Hot hot hot!

It might be hot outside but it’s nice and cool in The Old Dairy; the perfect temperature at which to keep our instruments.

We know we’ve said this many times before but, given the current temperatures, it’s worth a repeat #WednesdayWisdom post: look after your instruments!

One rule of thumb we often use is to treat your instrument as you would a pet. During this hot spell car interiors can heat up to temperatures much higher than the outside and you certainly wouldn’t leave your pet in the baking hot car so don’t leave your instrument in there either.

Visitors to The Old Dairy recently will have noticed that, at certain times of the day, we keep the blinds down in the showroom. This is for two reasons: firstly to keep the temperature down and secondly to stop the strong sunlight from hitting the instruments. The more eagle eyed of them will have spotted a portable dehumidifier; being on a farm, it can get a little humid and we aim to keep the level in The Old Dairy constant.

We strongly advise people to keep their instruments in their cases whenever possible as this gives an added layer of protection as well as keeping them in a cool room away from strong sunlight and high humidity.

24 - melting guitar

Hot Hot Hot

It’s certainly hot out there at the moment, with temperatures in the mid 30’C, so we thought we’d make our #WednesdayWisdom post about caring for your instruments during the heatwave.

One rule of thumb we often use is to treat your instrument as you would a pet.  During this hot spell car interiors can heat up to temperatures much higher than the outside and you certainly wouldn’t leave your pet in the baking hot car so don’t leave your instrument in there either.

Visitors to The Old Dairy recently will have noticed that, at certain times of the day, we keep the blinds down in the showroom.  This is for two reasons: firstly to keep the temperature down and secondly to stop the strong sunlight from hitting the instruments.  The more eagle eyed of them will have spotted a portable dehumidifier; being on a farm, it can get a little humid and we aim to keep the level in The Old Dairy constant.

We strongly advise people to keep their instruments in a cool room away from strong sunlight and high humidity.

25 - melting cello