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Elke Meier
Not a question, just a comment: I find it so interesting (annoying...) how the violin reacts to the environment. Mine does NOT like humidity. Today we have 80% humidity, I can not turn the pegs for tuning (luckily it mostly keeps in tune pretty well) and it just sounds coarse, like it has a sore throat - poor thing!

Elke Meier
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Posted: July 14, 2019
Last Comment: July 16, 2019

Timothy Smith
Posted: July 16, 2019
Being directly involved in the automation end of Temperature/ Humidity/Co2 , I see a lot of this. These things can creep up unawares until it's too late. I find even the best man made solutions can occasionally fail.
 My intentions to improve the situation at home using multiple heating/cooling systems in the Northeast USA  is more of a challenge in winter with low humidity. Of my two heating systems one has less impact, however I only use it in the coldest months due to energy conservation.
As I type this my weather here calls for some really hot humid weather at the end of the week. When I replaced the siding on my house I added tyvek wrap.This really helps. I designed and installed my own cooling system. House stays at 72 F. Present humidity 55%. Not bad. I'm a bit of a nerd in this. I can control all of it from by smart phone lol. Violin stabilization wasn't a primary concern but an added benefit.

Posted: July 15, 2019
My violins live in their cases since it's so dry here year round. I haven't had to travel with them in a while, but back last Autumn I was in a rehearsal and my pegs let go on my Chinese violin. I knew I couldn't deal with it because I never knew at that time of year who would have the room cool enough since it was after hours and between seasons. So I used my German instrument, which has a thick oil varnish and is over 50 years old. It seems impervious to climate changes. But it's not necessarily the violin I wanted to play at the time. It ended up working out though with the baroque music, since its sound qualities were a good match. My violin bows seem fine luckily. I leave them out on a  hanger. My better cello bow however has bad hair days.

Posted: July 14, 2019
My violin growls when it rains.  All of my strings popped loose this week because i put in a different room.  That usually only happens in the winter time.  Its a struggle, isn't it?

Beth Blackerby
Posted: July 14, 2019
I'm having a devil of a time with the bow hair. The hair tension is fluctuating (stretching and shrinking) like crazy to humidity changes.

Sonia Lancaster
Posted: July 14, 2019
I’m in a dry part of Australia, once managed to get a crack in the top of my violin from playing it outside in 37C and very low humidity.

During summer we use an evaporative air conditioner that uses water, then inside anyway, the humidity goes way up. I notice is affects my bow most. The bow is carbon fibre and the hair stretches in the humidity but the “stick” doesn’t.

Mariana Aguirre
Posted: July 14, 2019
Elke a las clavijas yo las aflojó con grafito y si están muy flojas las ajusto con colofonia. El arco también reacciona ante la humedad

Posted: July 14, 2019
I was thinking just the same thing this morning -- that my violin sounds like it has a cold. It's very humid where I am too and like yours, my instrument doesn't like it one bit!

Michael Baumgardner
Posted: July 14, 2019
Fortunately, I have a small music room with a dehumidifier for the summer and a humidifier for the winter.  50% humidity is what I keep it at.  I think it does make a huge difference depending on your climate.

Kobe Tsang
Posted: July 14, 2019
Thats interesting! 

80% is very humid, luckily I'm in Australia and its mostly dry. I guess it makes sense that wood would expand when it absorbs moisture.