Monday, January 18, 2010
Lack of humidity keeps me busy this time of year. Often older guitars seem to be more resilient in the dry cold winters, don't be fooled I get guitars in that are 30 and 40 years old showing thier first damage from dry winters. Humidify your instruments.
Old case humidifiers should be replaced by the latest great new humidifier, right now that would be the Oasis Plus not the regular blue one but the Plus model that is made for climates like ours. Years ago I liked the Dampit (green worm shaped thing) Two years ago we were pushing the Planet Waves humidifier and had great hopes for thier system that required no refilling.
The Oasis Plus wins the Sled Dog Music Award for best conceived and executed humidifier on the market today. It's a gortex tube with ¼ tsp of crystals in it, add distilled water and the water turns into a gel. You get a controlled evap rate in a sealed container. When the container is empty it shrivels, giving you a visual that it needs to be filled again.
I just placed an order for Oasis humidifiers, we've gone through several dozen this winter and we're low in stock I expect to see more in two weeks.