Hi! My name is Johniece Anderson. I'm one of the band and orchestra consultants here at Amro Music, and I'm here to talk about one of the serious issues sweeping the nation. Every year, hundreds of instruments endure the cold, dry temperatures, and many of them don't make it through, bearing terrible cracks and open seams.
The word of the day is “hygroscopic!” This fancy word means that wood absorbs and attracts moisture, like our violins, our violas, and our cellos. When the weather is warm, it's absorbing all that water and it's swelling. But in the wintertime, when it's dry, its drying up and it's shrinking, which means that the wood is constricting and tightening, and before you know it “BAM!” you've got a crack!
But, I have just the solution! This is called a damp-it. It provides a light moisture environment for the inside of your instrument.
So here we have the damp it. It's rubbery on the inside. So what you do is: you get a cup of water and you're going to dip it in where it's completely submerged. Take it out and then dry it off. It's where the outside is completely dry. You don't want the water to touch your instrument.
All right, perfect. So now, it has two ends. The end that doesn't have any rubber tips on it (any blockage), you're going to put that into the bottom of your f-hole. Slide it in and there you go! Your instrument is now safe all through winter.
When you're using water around your instrument be very careful, because water will actually damage the wood.
Don't let this happen to your instrument.
So that's all for now! If you’re looking for more information about taking care of your instrument, please visit our website at www.amromusic.com. Have a musical day!