FORUM

Welcome to our forum. A Message To Our New and Prospective Members . Check out our Forum Rules. Lets keep this forum an enjoyable place to visit.

Please feel free to share. “Amazing Grace”

A A A
Avatar
Please consider registering
guest
sp_LogInOut Log In sp_Registration Register
Register | Lost password?
Advanced Search
Forum Scope




Match



Forum Options



Minimum search word length is 3 characters - maximum search word length is 84 characters
sp_Feed Topic RSS sp_TopicIcon
Maintaining Correct Violin Humidity
Topic Rating: 5 Topic Rating: 5 Topic Rating: 5 Topic Rating: 5 Topic Rating: 5 Topic Rating: 5 (1 votes) 
Avatar
WyoBob
New member
Members
December 8, 2019 - 7:34 pm
Member Since: December 8, 2019
Forum Posts: 1
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
21sp_Permalink sp_Print
0

I've been reading the forum since I started with the fiddle 4 months ago at the age of 72.  I just joined the group as I thought perhaps I could add some useful information on humidification.

We live in Wyoming.  High desert.  Our house has a boiler and hydronic heating.  I've been playing the banjo for 7 years and looked into options to adding humidity for the their comfort as well as ours several years ago.    I researched humidification solutions quite a bit and arrived at a solution that works well for us.  We were mainly interested in the healthiest solution for us more than for instruments at the time. I learned that fiddle require a bit more attention in regard to humidification.   I think the saying that, if you're happy, your instruments will be happy, too.

Evaporative humidifiers with wicks are recommended for health reasons as opposed to ultrasonic or misters and put quite a bit more moisture into our house.  We chose the Aircare humidifiers.  https://www.homedepot.com/p/AI...../100648223

Our house is 3,800 square feet. An upstairs and a finished basement.  As there are only two of us and the downstairs is only used when company comes, we had one Aircare upstairs.  I bought a second as a spare (in case of a breakdown) and we use it upstairs as well.  Less trips to the faucet to fill the tanks that way.

We keep the upstairs (where my fiddle and banjos reside) at 40-45 humidity until the outside temps drop to around 10 degrees.  We then have to reduce the units to a lower setting as we'll get condensation on the windows.  For when we have to adjust the humidity lower, I bought some Boveda humidity packs to put in my fiddle case and this keeps my fiddle at 40-45 percent.

We use "BestAir" Golden Solution humidifier combo solution treatment to help the wicks last.   We have well water that is naturally soft so don't have many problems with mineral deposits as long as we stay with the Aircare wicks.  I've tried several after market, lower cost wicks but found them lacking.  I refill one, 1.9 gallon tank per day.

I hope this helps someone.

Avatar
MoonShadows
Stroudsburg, PA
Honorary tenured advisor
Members

Regulars
December 9, 2019 - 3:47 am
Member Since: January 30, 2019
Forum Posts: 633
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
22sp_Permalink sp_Print
0

Hi @WyoBob and welcome to the forum. The Aircare looks like a good humidifier. If I am not mistaken, it was on my short list when I decided to go with the Venta Aircleaner. Glad it is working out well for you.

Jim

Fiddling for Older Folks - A Blog & Forum for Fiddle Talk, Fiddle Music, and Learning to Play the Fiddle as an Adult

Avatar
starise
Members

Regulars
December 10, 2019 - 11:36 am
Member Since: September 9, 2016
Forum Posts: 412
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

I agree with those who can't figure out where all the water is going. Amazing really that this much water is going into thin air. For me it's probably at least 3 or 4 gallons a day. Sorry those in the UK. I know you use liters. It's about 7 or 8 pounds of water in a gallon. A lot.

I have a water feeder for my two little Yorkies. When I noticed one of them going into the shower to look for water I checked their water feeder and sure enough, it was totally empty. It usually doesn't empty that fast. Once again, a lot of it evaporating right into the air.

Avatar
MoonShadows
Stroudsburg, PA
Honorary tenured advisor
Members

Regulars
December 10, 2019 - 12:13 pm
Member Since: January 30, 2019
Forum Posts: 633
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
24sp_Permalink sp_Print
0

starise said
I agree with those who can't figure out where all the water is going. Amazing really that this much water is going into thin air. For me it's probably at least 3 or 4 gallons a day. Sorry those in the UK. I know you use liters. It's about 7 or 8 pounds of water in a gallon. A lot.

I have a water feeder for my two little Yorkies. When I noticed one of them going into the shower to look for water I checked their water feeder and sure enough, it was totally empty. It usually doesn't empty that fast. Once again, a lot of it evaporating right into the air.

  

Not only into the air, but into anything you have in your house. If the violin absorbs the humidity, so does all the furniture and everything else in your house. I have already noticed my sinuses are not as dry, nor is my skin. By now, I am usually using hand lotion, skin lotion and lip balm every day. I can't believe I am hardly using any of that so far this winter. I am definitely noticing a big difference.

Jim

Fiddling for Older Folks - A Blog & Forum for Fiddle Talk, Fiddle Music, and Learning to Play the Fiddle as an Adult

Avatar
starise
Members

Regulars
December 10, 2019 - 1:49 pm
Member Since: September 9, 2016
Forum Posts: 412
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
25sp_Permalink sp_Print
0

Glad to hear the humidifier is helping not only the violin but you too 🙂

I can tell if one of my humidifiers is empty because my lips start to feel dry, I'll look at the humidity indicator and sure enough it's in the low 40's. 43% seems to be a sort of border line. My lips are dry but not quite ready to split lol. Go below that and it gets worse. 46-52% is ideal. 

Forum Timezone: America/New_York
Most Users Ever Online: 696
Currently Online:
Guest(s) 87
Currently Browsing this Page:
1 Guest(s)
Members Birthdays
sp_BirthdayIcon
Today wendym
Upcoming HP, UtahRoadbase, Briant, ElisaDalViolin, Faith, Raven, joko_emm
Top Posters:
Mad_Wed: 2849
Barry: 2679
Fiddlestix: 2647
Oliver: 2439
DanielB: 2379
Kevin M.: 1971
damfino: 1950
cdennyb: 1815
TerryT: 1728
Ferret: 1575
Member Stats:
Guest Posters: 3
Members: 27235
Moderators: 0
Admins: 7
Forum Stats:
Groups: 16
Forums: 56
Topics: 8428
Posts: 104728
Newest Members:
agnesviolin, AJ Rhino, ingridviola, JohnBAngel, dezzieraye, Ilona
Administrators: Fiddlerman: 15064, KindaScratchy: 1754, coolpinkone: 4176, BillyG: 3337, MrsFiddlerman: 2, Jimmie Bjorling: 0, cid: 1899