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Grandpafiddle
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Now that it's cold in Northern U.S., the furnace is running and humidity is dropping. I generally leave my violin in the open case ready for use. I checked the hygrometer in my case and it read 22%. I filled my little water tube, left the vent slots open and closed the case. 18 hours later, still 22%. The hygrometer works correctly because the reading was high in the summer. What is everyone using to keep the humidity up? I've already had an occasional "peg slip" from the dryness.

Suggestions???

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@Grandpafiddle -

Howdy!

Water simmering on top of the stove/range, when we need it. 

Been keeping my fiddle out, but I don't have to worry - Carbon Composite! 

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- Emily

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Lots of suggestions and thoughts over time in this topic..

https://fiddlerman.com/forum/l.....g-playing/

 

Its hard to give a one size fits all thing.  I use a humidifier

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I initially used a room size humidifier for the room I keep my violin in (I keep my violin out, too), along with a digital thermometer/hygrometer.  This Honeywell (1/2 gallon) is the one I used (there’s a 1 gallon one as well that works just as well).

Honeywell HUL520W Mistmate Cool Mist Humidifier

AcuRite 00613 Humidity Monitor with Indoor Thermometer

 

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I have dry eye issues, & so I moved on to a larger humidifier that would work throughout the house.  I was skeptical that this one would work, but I’ve been using it for 3 years now, & I’m happy with it (was on sale when I bought it—costs a little more now). 

AIRCARE H12-400HB 4-Speed Whole-House Console-Style Evaporative Humidifier

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I’m in Central Georgia, so I’m sure it doesn’t have to work as hard as it would up north.  I’ve got a ~2000 sq ft house, 1 story, with a couple rooms with elevated ceilings, & it gets the job done.  When humidity is low, I’ll keep it set at 45%, & it keeps rooms throughout the house at 39-42%.

I would also mention using a bacteria treatment for the water if you use a humidifier.  Don’t need to use much, so bottle lasts a while.  I use this one:

Essick Air 1970 Humidifier, 1-Quart Bacteriostatic Treatment

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@SharonC thats pretty much the model I have as well.  

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Fiddlerman
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December 21, 2020 - 10:14 am
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In Sweden we had radiator elements to heat the house and I used to hang wet towels on them when the air was too dry.
Emilys tip is s good one as well as the humidifiers that Sharon recommended.

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