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  1. Another reminder that the change of seasons can mean lower house humidity. Concertinas prefer relative humidity in the 50-60% range. While it is possible for them to gradually adjust to drier climates, fairly quick drops in humidity can lead to problems: Reeds loose in slots; slipping or loose corner blocks; and in extreme cases can result in cracked sound boards; checking in fret work veneer. It has been a relatively warm November so far in Kentucky but today I will plug in a small, room humidifier to keep the project room and concertina closet at a good relative humidity. In case humidifiers can help. Here is one recommendation: http://www.concertina.net/forums/index.php?showtopic=18237 I've heard some violinist recommend an Arion case humidifier. If you go this route you can do an internet search and find one best for you. Think about it, whenever we play our concertinas in a humidity deficient environment we are "kiln drying" them. (Well, pumping dry air across wood and wicking away moisture might be a more accurate description. ) If you have a small room in the house to humidify or a plant room you may want to treat your concertina (and yourself) to some playing time there. One caveat: You probably do not want to start playing a cold concertina in a warm, moisture rich room. There is a chance of condensation forming on cold metal reeds. (No, I've never taken apart my concertina to check if this indeed happens, but science says its possible. Perhaps a good idea to get to the pub or session early, open your case and let the instrument acclimate while you have your favorite libation and renew acquaintances. Greg
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