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Old 12-01-2019, 12:44 AM   #11
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Default Re: Bagpipe Humidification

Originally Posted by Dan Bell View Post
I live not far from you. Get a hygrometer. If the humidity in your house is above 45% or so, I wouldn't worry about it. If it's not (mine gets down to ~30% in the winter, but I have gas heat), you can either use a case humidifier, or make sure you play regularly enough that the wood stays well-humidified. It's not overall humidity that leads to cracks, warps, etc, it's rapid CHANGES in temperature and humidity. The instrument can and does adapt to lower-humidy conditions in the winter (and synthetic reeds don't much care); the key is to avoid forcing it to endure overly-rapid changes.
Definitely. Although get a good hygrometer, not one of the ones you see everywhere like chanter caps. They're convenient and inexpensive but ridiculously inaccurate:

I settled on this one after some looking around. Accurate and user adjustable.
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Old 12-02-2019, 12:05 PM   #12
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Default Re: Bagpipe Humidification

Boveda packs are used for woodwind reeds, wood instrument cases, etc. for humidity control. Is anyone using the Boveda guitar case humidifier for their bagpipes? This consists of fabric holders for large 49% RH Boveda packs, designed to maintain a constant 40%-50% relative humidity level within your instrument's (closed) case.

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