Every spring since we first opened over 50 years ago, like clockwork, a steady stream of customers line up to bring us their damaged instruments to be repaired. And they all have the same issues:
▪ Separated Seams
▪ Sunken Tops
▪ Lifted Bridges
▪ Protruding Fret Ends
▪ Cracked Fingerboards
▪ Action Problems
▪ Bowed Necks
▪ And More
So why springtime and why are the problems all the same?
(Hint: It’s not because of some crazy coincidence).
Answer: These instruments have been suffering through weeks and weeks of neglect during the colder months - when humidity levels plummet. They have shriveled and shrunk from dryness and are crying for help. They are under-humidified.
If left untreated, the problems will get worse and the necessary repair bills will get higher. Under-humidification repairs can cost anywhere from $50 to $1000+, depending on the instrument and the severity of the problems.
The good news is under-humidification is completely preventable – and by following just a few simple tips you will save your instrument unnecessary damage and you will save money.
Here are the tips:
1. Buy a Dampit
2. Use the Dampit
We have tried and tested countless other humidification devices through the years, but Dampit is the only brand that we will recommend and sell because it is the only one that works.
Remember to not rely solely on room humidifiers or whole-house humidifiers. Yes, they can help, but we have seen many, many under-humidified instruments that came from homes with a working humidifier. When you start to heat your home, it’s time to start using your Dampit.
In addition, don’t keep your instrument near any type of heating source such as a vent, radiator, space heater, wood stove, or fireplace. (Unless, of course, you’re planning to use your instrument for kindling at some point).
Please contact us or stop in if you need a Dampit (Tip #3: If you're not using one, you need one), have any questions, or would like us to evaluate your instrument for possible under-humidification issues. We have been repairing acoustic stringed instruments since 1966 and have the knowledge and experience necessary to get your instrument back up and running, or help you prevent unnecessary repairs in the first place.