String instruments are susceptible
to changes in weather. Keep the instrument at room temperature whenever
possible. Hot emperatures cause
the wodd to expand, dry out, and crack. Very hot temperatures will
cause the glue that holds the instrument together to fail. Cold temperatures
cause the wood to contract, and crack.
A string instrument will dry out if the air lacks humidity. Ideal
humidity for a string instrument is between 45 and 50 %. Below
25% humidity is
dangerous for the health of any string instrument. Use a dampit
in the instrument case, or run a humidifier in the room where
is kept to prevent the instrument from drying out and cracking.
If your instrument case does not come with a built-in hygrometer.
to accurately monitor the humidity level of the room in which the
instrument is kept. This is especially important during the winter
the heat is turned on.