Does My Instrument Need A Humidifier? | Violin Pros

Do I need a humidifier for my instrument?

Why Do I Need A Humidifier?

A humidifier is very important for several reasons. Like many of the accessories that should accompany your instrument, preserving the sound quality is what matters the most. We recommend that everyone utilize a case humidifier in order to ensure the health, protect it, and stability of your instrument.

Cold Weather vs Hot Weather

At first, you might think that the answer is obvious, but different climates call for different care procedures. If you live in a cold-weather climate, such as the midwest and more northern areas, humidifiers are especially important as the use of forced-air heating will dry out the air in your home and other area buildings, most likely causing the humidity levels to fall below the ideal range for a wooden instrument (40-60 percent humidity). Low-humidity levels will cause the wood of your instrument to get too dry and could even cause the wood to crack. Higher-quality violins are especially susceptible to cracking as the violin’s wooden face is very thin.

What Type Of Humidifier Should I Get?

There are many ways to answer this question. Rest assured, that our recommendations come from personal experience, acquired knowledge, and countless testimonials from many violinists around the world. At Violin Pros, our main objectives are to provide, educate those willing to learn, the art of mastering your instrument. From rentals to lessons, and to proper care procedures, we're here to help you every step of the way. One of our favorite humidifiers is the Boveda 2-Way Humidity Control Kit, which regulates the humidity at a constant 49% and also eliminates the need for a hygrometer (hygrometers measure the surrounding humidity). We also recommend the Howard Core Hygrometer Set as another good choice. 

What About Cases?

In order to fully care for our wonderful instruments, we need to protect them with a quality case While many cases can get the job done, the saying of "You get what you pay for" still holds true. Higher-quality cases often come with a built-in humidity gauge and regulation system. Our favorite cases of this type are the Bobelock 1060 and Bobelock 1047.

You Can Count On Us

Our experts at Violin Pros are ready and available to assist you when you need it the most. You can count on us to provide you with trusted recommendations that suit your needs and fit within your budget. If you have additional inquiries, you can reach out to us at any time. You can contact us if you have any questions or if you want to talk to a real live person!

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