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Double Bass Accessories - strings - carry cases - bow cases and quivers from the doublebass specialists The Contrabass Shoppe for doublebasses (double basses) musical instruments

Bass Humidifier

What is a Bass Humidifier?

A Bass Humidifier is a flexible tube of rubber that encloses specially woven strands of sponge. Small holes in the surface of the rubber allow the user to dampen the sponge by holding it under a running tap. Once the excess water has been squeezed from the sponge the humidifier is inserted into the F-hole so that it hangs inside the instrument. A rubber washer prevents the humidifier falling into the inside of the instrument.

Double Bass humidifier

What is Humidity?

In most countries there are certain times of the year when the moisture content - the humidity - in the air is low. Because wood - the material used in the construction of your instrument - has the ability to absorb moisture and also to dry out it is of vital importance to consider - on a daily basis - the consequences of leaving ones instrument in a climatically unsuitable location.

Close view of the humidifierSo what is the ideal humidity for my instrument?

Museums keep all their artefacts in a controlled environment with the humidity level set at 50% - so for your double bass we would recommend that you endeavour to keep it in a location with a humidity of between 50 - 55%. In practice this is quite difficult to do, as many modern buildings and concert halls are made from highly absorbent materials (e.g. dry-lined plasterboard) and are fitted with air conditioning - which significantly reduce the ambient moisture content.

What can happen if I don't consider the relative humidity?

In a humidity of less than 45% - it can take as little as seven days before drying-out starts to compromise the structure of your instrument. The first signs may be some relatively minor opening of the seams. With more time the wood starts to contract and existing cracks start to re-open slightly. You start to notice that the soft, intermittent buzz, which you had dismissed as just being one of those things - has quickly developed into something incredibly annoying for both you and your desk partner. Internal studs may start to split or even be torn completely loose. You notice fresh table cracks running up from the bottom edge and now that the alarm bells have at last started to ring you check over the whole instrument and notice for the first time that the back centre-seam is apart! A hot flush comes all over you because know what this means - it's a back off job and an expensive repair bill that your insurance company will refuse to meet.

How should I look after my instrument then?

By purchasing a humidifier and using it when required - you will have taken the first step towards maintaining the structure of your instrument.

Do you have any additional recommendations?

Although the bass humidifier does come with a simple scale-type humidity gauge that should be hung in the room where the instrument is stored we would recommend the purchase and use of a digital hygrometer, which is infinitely more accurate and visibly-clear. If low levels of humidity are consistently recorded - consider using a cool-mist humidifier.

Final Word:

Our restorers estimate that 20-25% of their outside restoration work is due to damage caused by low relative humidity levels. At The Contrabass Shoppe we always say that looking after a double bass is like looking after a baby. Both require constant consideration. If you haven't got a humidifier - purchase one and use it.

Stats:
Length: 36.0cm
Diameter: 0.12cm
Weight (Dry): 36gms (ave)

Price: UK£21-00

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