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DIY Mods on an Inexpensive Case
Saturday afternoon project to eliminate some case clutter by building the hygrometer, thermometer and humidifier into the case
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"This young wine may have a lot of tannins now, but in 5 or 10 years it is going to be spectacular, despite the fact that right now it tastes like crude oil. You know this is how it is supposed to taste at this stage of development." ~ Itzhak Perlman

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Very nice mods Daniel!  I really like how you flush mounted the hygrometer and thermometer, looks very professional too.  That is an ingenious idea for the humidifier as well and it looks great.  I'll have to give this a try with my case in the near future as my hygrometer is from around the same era as my violin lol, making it a bit larger than the modern design so I'll have to grab a nice small one like that.  Glad you decided to post this up, I remember talking about it in the shout box a bit ago.  How's your idea for the in case Violin 'play in device' going?  That one would be really cool to see as well ;)

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The gauges look flush, but actually they are a raised a couple mm to allow airflow through their vents.  I compared with another hygrometer and it looks like mounting them as I did slows the response of the hygrometer and probably the thermometer down a bit.  But it's only maybe 15 min behind one that isn't mounted, and for case humidity we are wanting to see more the long term environment anyway.

Mounting the gauges like this in a foam "noob" case is real easy.  I think anyone could manage it in a few minutes with an x-acto knife.  Mounting th humidifier through the wall of th accessory compartment like I did was a bit of a pain, because that ended up being one part of the case where they used some actual wood.  I ended up kind of butchering the lining in the accessory compartment because I really should have taken the case apart for that part of the mod, but I didn't think there'd be any actual wood in it.  I thought I'd just be going through foam and maybe a bit of cardboard.  With the angle I was trying to work at, it would have gone much better if I'd taken the case apart and done all the mods plus maybe some others and put it all back together nice. 

But even just the gauges would be a good good project for anyone wanting to upgrade a cheap case a little, and that part was very easy.

I am still thinking about an in-case "play in device", maybe that could double by playing quiet click tracks or accompaniment tracks while the case is open and one is practising.  With a little mp3 player or other small media player, that could be a seriously "deluxe" option for portable practice or quiet performances for just a few people.

Overall, I am pleased with how it came out.  It was a couple hours of fairly easy work and I like how it looks.  I'd decided a hygrometer and humidifier were worth having, and since the thermometer came as part of a set with the hygrometer (from a pet store, the set was less than 10$), I figured it wouldn't hurt to have one even though I don't think a thermometer is as important in a case as the hygrometer.  But having decided they were worthwhile, it made sense to me to build them in, rather than having them rattling around loose in the case where they might eventually scratch the violin or get damaged.

 

"This young wine may have a lot of tannins now, but in 5 or 10 years it is going to be spectacular, despite the fact that right now it tastes like crude oil. You know this is how it is supposed to taste at this stage of development." ~ Itzhak Perlman

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