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Advice For Travelling With Stringed Instruments

Accepting that knocks, bangs and general physical abuse create the most trauma for musical instruments, stringed instruments have an even greater, unseen enemy HUMIDITY or lack of it, to be precise. Plywood instruments are generally more stable, but the solid woods which most professional quality instruments are made from, respond remarkably quickly to changes in humidity. All timber acts like a sponge, sucking in moisture when humidity levels are high and effortlessly releasing it when humidity levels drop. It is this release of moisture from the wood that creates the greatest danger and, if not checked, will result in the wood shrinking...

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