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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.

Colder Weather

You can’t have missed the fact that the temperature has dropped with some areas beginning to get overnight frosts. So we thought it was time to use a #WednesdayWisdom post to remind you not to leave your instruments in your vehicle overnight.

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 there 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.

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.
– 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, 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.

Wednesday Wisdom

With temperatures dropping and snow falling in parts of the country our #WednesdayWisdom this week is about protecting instruments if left in a vehicle overnight.

The first piece of advice is to make sure you keep the instrument in a hard case rather than a rigid one and certainly not a gig bag as the hard case will help keep the temperature from dropping as quickly as it would in the others.

The next is to cover or wrap the case in blankets that you’ve kept in the passenger compartment during the drive.  This serves as additional insulation against the cold.

Finally, depending on the size of the instrument and the configuration of your car, you may consider doing one or more of the following:-

  • dropping the seats forward or opening the reach through hatch during the drive to allow warm air to circulate though the boot;
  • putting the instrument into one of the passenger foot wells (ensure the top blanket is the same colour as the car seat);
  • keeping a cardboard box lined with bubble wrap or polystyrene chips on the back seat during the drive before storing your instrument inside it in the boot;
  • if you have a 12v outlet in the boot area you could have a plug in car heater in the boot during the journey.

What all these actions do is help to minimise the thermal shock to your instrument.  Whilst instruments made from old traditionally seasoned wood will tolerate temperature changes better than accelerated seasoned or short seasoned ones we prefer to work on the maxim that whilst the latter need all the help they can get the former deserve to be molly-coddled a bit.

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