Re: Basses and the Weather

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Posted by Rich Laird on September 28, 2000 at 15:03:05:

In Reply to: Re: Basses and the Weather posted by Don on September 27, 2000 at 09:21:20:

: : After a horrible accident that happened at my school, in which several of our best basses split down the middle from drastic cold/hot changes (the heat shut off in sub-zero weather, and then was brought back on several days later), I've become a little worried about how best to care for my bass. I am especially concerned about my bass' exposure to the heating system at home (should temp be kept constant, humidity (and how do I control it), etc.), traveling with my bass outside in the cold (and then bringing it back into a heated environment), and the like. If anyone has any tips on these things, PLEASE share them...I'm very worried about hurting my bass in any way,
: : Thanks,
: : Matt Rao
: The biggest threat to bass health in the winter is excessively low humidity which is a natural consequnce of heating the house. Humidity changes cause more damage than temperature, IMHO. After having 2 fine basses spontaneously crack, I bought a room humidifier at Sears, and a hygrometer at a hardware store. Try not to let the humdity get below 40%.

Good advice about the humidifier. From everything I've learned, Don is absolutely right - humidity is the big factor....much more that temperature. Something else to consider is cranking the strings down a step or so when transporting the bass. It won't eliminate the possibility of a seam split, but should minimize it.

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