I have an early 1900s lachenal and had quite a few problems with it until I drilled some holes in a plastic soap container and kept a wet sponge in it (looks like Jody and I think alike). A good source for humidifiers is cigar stores. They like to keep those cigars perfect! I have an oasis tube that I got from a cigar store for my other concertina, which lacks a compartment for a soap dish-sponge arrangement. The problem with that is you have to fill it more often.
I've read that using distilled water is best. Any comments on that? Does it really matter? I use distilled if I have it, but mostly use tap lately.
I live in New England.
Hi Kate from New England,
I think the distilled water is for powered humidifiers where mineral deposits can destroy the unit in a season. The sponge or dampit solution is more forgiving. Tap water is fine for simple evaporating wicks and if your sponge needs washing after a while... no problem.
Remembering to refresh my humidifier is the main problem for me. That is why I like my small room plug in humidifier in the display case solution. I only need to fill it up 3 or 4 times per season and when it's low I see the end coming long before it's out of water.