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Has anyone tried a humidifying device called Humistat? I'm wondering if they work well-- ie: produce the desired conditions in the case, don't leak/drip, etc. The price seems reasonable.
Also, I assume these go in the case as opposed to some of the soundhole devices but I don't see velcro or some other mounting method. I'm wondering if one might just drop it into the storage compartment of the case or if the closed compartment might prevent it from keeping the case at the proper humidity-- any thoughts?
Oh, I forgot to mention, I do know about the DIY film canister method. My hope is to find a device that doen't need to be refilled/wetted so often. I'm thinking the humistat might fit the bill as it looks like it'd hold a lot more water than a damp sponge does.
My thought: gasket sealing case opening is a consideration, as humidifier/hygrometer (guage of how much) would work best to control range of humidity if it isnt drawing from the surrounding atmosphere .
Look at museum display cases the guage in the corner is the hygrometer, and someone is going around and taking readings and keeping data log.
the tube with holes in it for violins is the more common thing used.
I live by the ocean, so dry is not my problem, corrosion is.
I thought about buying one of those, they look like a good idea and reasonably priced. I have tried all the overpriced products they sell to guitarists and been disappointed. Finally, I just got a plastic soap case, like you would carry a bar of soap in if you were camping, trimmed a cheap sponge down to fit it and drilled about 20 holes in the top of the case. It works great. It holds a lot of water, stays wet for a long, long time and keeps the case fairly humidified, according to my digital hygrometer. I have less than two bucks and fifteen minutes invested in it. It's the same idea as the film can, but with much more capacity.
I got something called Mr. Misty from Walgreens. It attaches to the shower pipe, behind the shower head, and puts out a fine spray 24-7. The room where we keep the instruments now stays between 45 percent and 55 percent humidity all the time. I haven't had any problems, the air feels good, there's no humidifier to mess with and nothing in the cases.
I was contacted by the owner of Humistat yesterday. Seems like a real nice man and was asking permission to join to board and asking questions about it, etc. Possibly we'll see him out here. Other than that I don't know a thing about the product so maybe he can shed some light on it.
..I got one recently..great product...it keeps my case at a comfy 45%-50%...the ideal level...no hassle installation too....recommended..
I like this Mr. Mistly idea--if it works on the whole house. I've always disliked the humidifying devices that hang on your instrument or go in a case. Sooner or later you are going to forget, and that means sudden changes, which to me are worse than being a little to dry all the time.
Regarding the Humistat; I have always had them in my fiddle cases and they work great. A vacum formes when the top is pushed in the humistst; no leaks as of yet. Just my two. Lp
..ok..now that Ive used this thing for a few weeks I have noticed a slight corrosion on my A and E strings...have any of you had this problem....??
Scotti close the slide on the humistat to lower the humidity in your case. I have been told that using distiled H2O will greatly diminish any mineral deposits r/t excessive humudity. Makes sense. # Lp
I've now been using them in my cases for close to a couple months with good results. Just after my intial post, I took the plunge and ordered one to try-- at $12.10, it's a pretty low risk plunge! I liked it enough that I then ordered one for each of my cases.
I ordered a set too, should arrive any day now.
Does anyone know about the little containers the size of film cannisters? They have a substance in them that looks like clay, but is very porous. You put in water and it gives off moisture gradually. In dry climates, they work in reverse by absorbing moisture. A friend showed me the one's in her case. She bought them from Elderly, but when I ent to the Elderly website and looked at humidifiers, they were'nt there.
..thanks JLP...the distilled water makes sense...my case stays at 45% with the vial dial wide open..I think I will leave it that way and try the distilled H20...btw Peak..I believe the "stuff" you are speaking of is called sea foam ....its the stuff that you see in flower arrangements....hope this helps....
Distilled water is probably a good idea for the life of the Humistat, but it's not likely to have any effect on your string corrosion, Scotti. #That is most likely from condensation, which IS distilled, in a sense. #It carries no minerals. #What you are getting is more like rust. #I'd think lowering the humidity slightly will help. #
Also Peakbgr, didn't you mean that the device absorbs moisture in WET climates, not dry ones? http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/rock.gif
..thanks Mike...Im gonna try that too..
How often are you guying having to fill your Humistat?
I havent had to fill it yet..its been about a month now....the water level has went down..but still plenty of water to do the job...
please forgive my ignorance.
does one need a humidifying device regardless of instrument or location in one's house, or general region of the country (i am in mass. in which humidity is not an issue)?http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/rock.gif
thanks- no problem buying this thing, but do i need it?
Ira I have one in each of my fiddle cases. I am in NC and the only time I have used mine was two years ago during the drought. Humidity in my cases went from around 20% to about 45%. I had no problems with rust or deposits. Lp
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