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Winter cold and violin care
Hygrometers and dampits and water
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January 23, 2022 - 6:35 pm
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Wow!!!

We have been in sort of a deep freeze here in Indiana and I've noticed due to furnace usage that I've been having to soak my dampits every day for what seems like a week and half now.

Is this normal for anyone else?

But the good news is after a couple of years of wandering I believe the hygrometer in my tonareli case is actually accurate reading at 45% as where it reads almost 60% in the summer which I'm not sure if that is normal 45% to 55% is what I've read is good so in the summer I'm in that range.

With that said I wanted to share an experience with the use of dampits I'm on a well where I live and was not aware at the time that tap water might not be the best to use to soak your dampits in.

But I had replaced the strings on the only violin I had at the time and less than three months latter I found that the G and D strings were getting eroded.

Now I use a water softener and I highly suspect that might have had something to do with it as I'm a stickler for cleaning my strings off after playing, one cloth for cleaning the from the nut to the end of the finger board and another to get the rosin off near the bridge.

So this is a word of warning to new players if your using a dampit you might want to consider using distilled water to soak them in I've not since had this problem with strings eroding as now I'm using distilled water.

  

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January 23, 2022 - 7:06 pm
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Yep, well water is not well. 

Rists steel. Leaves crusty stuff, salt, all over everything.

We just got city water around 2014. When we had well water and a water softener, we had to have stainless steel tub washing machines. We had to use a car wash and not wash the car at home because, although the hose water did not go through the softener, it was hard and would not wash. 

I could not use a dishwasher. Cleaning the tubs, etc. was a real pain. Nothing that could rust could be cleaned with it. So many coffee pots were destroyed, irons, etc.

The day the city water line, that had to be put in, was turned on, we bought a dishwasher!

We were lucky. The village about a mile west of us was not meeting state code and had to get water from the city about 7 miles east. We are on the main road between the two. The water line went right by us, so we were connected, too. No more well water and well water through a water softener. I did not grow up in the country and had never experienced well water until I got married moved out here. So happy to have my cherished good water back. 

There is a lot of salt in water treated with water softeners. Our well water was extremely hard and we had to use a lot of bags of solar salt. 

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