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I'm almost certainly going to buy the August Kohr HC602. One of the things I'm worried about is shipping in the middle of winter. The internet hasn't been helpful so I was hoping someone here can give me a good answer. The high today was 5 with a windchill of -10 (it gets much, much colder at night), and since I don't live in a major city the violin would be traveling on the ground a good ways.
I know winter in general isn't good for violins, but is it possible for the extreme cold to damage the instrument? Would it be wiser to wait until spring to try and ship a violin?
Thanks in advance!
Not quite the same thing, but....
[Disclaimer - I am a total noob] My violin belonged to my grandpa. He kept it under his bed, and after he passed, it went into the bedroom closet. My grandma only heats/cools the living room, dining room and kitchen of her house, so that violin spent 40+ years sitting in a non-climate-controlled environment with temperatures 110+ to -20 (Kansas has both extremes of weather). When I finally took her out of the case last spring, she needed some new strings and a good dusting, but otherwise sounds... well, in the hands of a better player,anyway, she would sound great. In my hands, let's just say everyone is impressed with the violin and not the player.
So to get to the point, I think the relatively short exposure of shipping won't hurt. Just let the instrument come to room temperature slowly before you try to do anything with it.