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It’s warm out there!

Unusually for a Bank Holiday the weather over the weekend was hot and sunny.

It’s been interesting how many of the visitors to The Old Dairy have commented how cool it is inside. In fact, it’s not that cold in here, we simply aim to keep the showroom at a relatively constant temperature and humidity for the benefit of the instruments.

As always, given the current weather, we recommend you take extra care of your instruments. This is particularly important if you have instruments using kiln-dried wood rather than the well-aged, traditionally seasoned, woods used by our luthiers.

It’s a good idea to try to do the following:
– Keep your instruments out of direct sunlight and 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 regularly.
– Try not to leave your instruments in the car

We’ve done several #WednesdayWisdom posts in the past on caring for your instrument during this weather. Just click on ‘Posts’ to the left and enter humid in the search box on the right to find them.

Scorchio ☀️

The weather has certainly been hot out there recently. It’s been interesting how many of the visitors to The Old Dairy have commented that it’s nice and cool inside.

In fact, it’s not that cold in here, we simply aim to keep the showroom at a relatively constant temperature and humidity for the benefit of the instruments.

As always, we recommend you take extra care of your instruments. This is particularly important if you have instruments using kiln-dried wood rather than the well-aged, traditionally seasoned, woods used by our luthiers.

Keep your instruments out of direct sunlight and 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 regularly.

We’ve done several #WednesdayWisdom posts in the past on caring for your instrument during this weather. Just click on ‘Posts’ to the left and enter humid in the search box to find them.

29 - melting guitar

Humidity and Instruments

Yesterday was the hottest day of the year so far and even the weather forecasters were referring to it as “scorchio!” 😉  With that in mind, we’re revisiting an old topic for today’s #WednesdayWisdom and discussing humidity.

Unless you’ve got a very swish ultra-modern carbon fibre instrument your guitar or bowed instrument is most likely made from wood.  And whilst wood is a wonderful, organic, flexible material there’s a downside; it breathes.

Although all our instruments are made from traditionally seasoned wood, and therefore less prone to distortion, high levels of humidity will still affect them slightly.  High humidity can cause glued joints to separate and permanent warping.  An early indicator of this is if you notice a rise in your string height as this could be due to the top swelling causing the bridge to rise.

Unless you keep your instruments in a humidity controlled cabinet or room the best place to keep your instruments during humid weather is in the case we provided together with the silica gel sachet included.  Don’t forget to dry the sachet out every so often by either popping it into the oven for a short while after you’ve finished cooking and turned it off or leaving it on top of a warm radiator for a little time.

Please note: we’re happy to say the instrument pictured is not one of ours.

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