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ordered some electronic parts and i've noticed that they've added something inside:
this is the packet:
this are what inside; ic, silica gel, and a humidity indicator card!:
the indicator turns pink if the atmosphere is dry, and blue if it is humid, this should be a great hygrometre, since my cheap violin case doesn't have one:
now, for a question, what is a good atmosphere for a violin? humid or dry? cause i've search some stuff and they say that you need to put a wet sponge to make it humid...but some say that you need to put silica gel to make it dry...hmm??!!
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Same for me. I've been at gigs where I start to play the gig with the right tension and later look at my bow to see that it is completely loose and the opposite where I am scared I could have done some damage when I see how tight the bow had become.
Happened to me on the first concert in the school. The hair became so loose, that the stick started to touch the strings... played until the first convenient pause and qiuckly-quickly tightened it =)
Several month's ago I had my pernambuco bow rehaired by the luthier. The next day the hair was so tight I had to bend the stick in order to release and remove the frog. I took the bow back and asked him why he made it so tight, as I was standing there talking with him (about 5 minutes) I looked at the hair's again and they were completely loose. He said, "see, your humidity in your house is not good".
Just today two of my bow's were laying on the table, the hair's were loose, about 30 minute's later the were so tight I could use them without tightening either one.
(gosh, I just trimmed the horse's tail and look at it now,, it's hanging in the mud).
Interesting topic! I never realize heat could affect the tension of bow hair until yesterday. I was at a fiddle convention (our first) and there were vendors. I was going to try on some violins and noticed that the bow was very tight -- the distance between the bow hair and stick was almost an inch! I told the vendor (his wife plays), he told me to loosen it (which i already did) and said the sun did it. After I loosen the bow, the bowhair did not go back to its tension and stayed loose! It touched the bow stick when I tried on it. The other bow, though, was still in pretty good shape, maybe it was not in the sun as long.
this looks interesting:
it says that you can use pine cones as hygrometres
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