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Charlie Macon
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Feb 21st, 2018 01:33 PM   Edit   Profile  

Ragtop, I was gonna loan you my two lab puppies, who for awhile kept our carpets nice and wet, and I envision the evaporation alone would keep your house well-humidified. But alas, they're almost fully potty trained now.

Hammond101
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Feb 21st, 2018 02:03 PM   Edit   Profile  

Carpet cleaning will certainly raise the RH in your home for a couple of days.

Almost fully, Yay!

Ragtop
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The older the violin

the sweeter the music.
Feb 21st, 2018 02:35 PM   Edit   Profile  

You da man, archiestone! Very kind of you, I'll shoot you my address. Thanks!

And lol @ Charlie, thanks for thinking of me!

Hammond101
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Feb 21st, 2018 03:04 PM   Edit   Profile  

Just an aside. My bandmate in the acoustic duo just had the top of his Breedlove Solo 12 crack from the bridge to the bottom. He was not humidifying the guitar. Ouch.

reverend mikey
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Feb 22nd, 2018 07:44 AM   Edit   Profile  

This winter (at least where I live, in southern Minnesota) has been especially brutal. The heat runs all the time; we've only been above freezing a couple days since back in December, and the outside temps have been averaging in the teens!

So I've been running a couple humidifiers at home and one in my office (where I usually have several guitars) non-stop. I also believe that after a few years, a guitar probably settles in and is unlikely to crack, but with extremes like these, who wants to take a chance (and I have a few "new" - under 5 years old - instruments around).

Looking forward to spring!

jhawkr
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It's all gravy from here on...
Feb 23rd, 2018 12:42 PM   Edit   Profile  

"An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure."



Ragtop
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The older the violin

the sweeter the music.
Feb 26th, 2018 02:48 PM   Edit   Profile  

archiestone, it has arrived!

But I'm a bit disappointed, I was assuming that you would include a guitar to put it in. A nice old Martin, perhaps....


But that's okay, thanks very much. I've never tried one like this, will try it out right away.

I appreciate your thoughtfulness.


archiestone
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Mar 1st, 2018 04:38 PM   Edit   Profile  

What, the 1948 Martin OO-17 didn't arrive?
Damn that USPS!
(Hope the humidifier works AOK for you.)

Ragtop
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The older the violin

the sweeter the music.
May 28th, 2018 04:19 AM   Edit   Profile  

I thought 6% was ridiculous.

Today was 4%. How low can it go?

Sharkie
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May 28th, 2018 04:52 AM   Edit   Profile  

Almost time to turn on the dehumidifier here downstairs in the music room.

Ragtop
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The older the violin

the sweeter the music.
May 28th, 2018 07:17 AM   Edit   Profile  

"There is a town in north Ontario
With steam uncomfort mugginess to spare..."

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May 28th, 2018 07:25 AM   Edit   Profile  

Ragtop, when you see humidifiers migrating south, you KNOW it's dry there :o)

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I miss Kelbo's
May 28th, 2018 01:20 PM   Edit   Profile  

Meanwhile, today in the high desert, inside humidity is 51%. I keep my acoustics in their cases whenever I'm not playing them. With the Martin Geib style cases I use (wood core), the humidity seems to hold well between 45-49% year round with the Oasis case humidifiers..

Ragtop
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The older the violin

the sweeter the music.
May 28th, 2018 01:52 PM   Edit   Profile  

Those Martin cases are solid, and they really do keep the inside air in.

My Santa Cruz case is a good one too. My old Guild case for my '81 D-46 is leaky, so I have to top off that in-case humidifier every couple days.


The good news is that we have a storm rolling in, and maybe we'll get some desperately needed rain.

Sharkie
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May 28th, 2018 02:24 PM   Edit   Profile  

“There is a town in north Ontario
With steam uncomfort mugginess to spare..."

Yep. From humidification to dehumidification within a month.

Ragtop
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The older the violin

the sweeter the music.
May 28th, 2018 03:18 PM   Edit   Profile  

I was raised in Omaha, and it is the same way.

They had no spring back there this year. It went from winter to the hottest Memorial Day Weekend ever.

But at least I could keep my guitars out for 8 months of the year.

bluzcat
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Jun 5th, 2018 07:05 PM   Edit   Profile  

What is this “dry air”?

Love,

Eastern North Carolina

stratcowboy
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Jun 5th, 2018 08:25 PM   Edit   Profile  

"What is this “dry air”?"

It's 5% humidity. That's what we've got here at this moment (8:20 PM). The southern half of the Rockies are evaporating. And with the nation's largest forest/wildfire (36,000+ acres) just a few miles east of the ranch, low humidity is unfortunately serious business in this part of the country.

Ragtop
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The older the violin

the sweeter the music.
Jun 6th, 2018 05:23 AM   Edit   Profile  

I looked up your fire, stratcowboy. Not good, not good at all.

I'm new to my area, but the locals say we had July weather during May, when it was supposed to rain some. But it did not.

Gaukdawg

Ohio

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Jul 6th, 2018 08:02 AM   Edit   Profile  

I have an old Acoustic I bought 40 years ago on Okinawa. Martin copy called Cats Eyes made by Tokai. That poor thing went everywhere with me and It saw just about every range of humidity and temperature. Okinawa is close to 100% humidity all the time. When I left there I was stationed at Nellis AFB just outside of Las Vegas. Then to Misawa AB on the northern end of the main island of Japan and from there to northern Michigan. While in Michigan it finally started to show signs of all those changes and the adhesives holding bridge and bracing started to break down. Luckily a good friend there was studying to become a luthier and he fixed all the issues. At 40 that guitar sounds pretty good. It's a basic acoustic with a Sitka Spruce top and mahogany back and sides dreadnought. Looks like a D-45 from a distance. I think it sounds better than it ever has. While in Michigan I bought a Heritage C-140, thin bodied Les Paul, and the for the first 5 to 7 years the neck was very responsive to temp and humidity changes It taught me how to adjust a truss rod. After 10 years the neck has settled down and I have only had to make very minor adjustments of the trussrod.

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