Stephen Mills Posted April 15, 2020 Share Posted April 15, 2020 I was living in Houston, TX (~85% humidity) when I bought my Hayden duet in 2008. In the winters, such as they were, the house humidity would drop to about 45% and a couple of reeds would start to squawk. I solved this by putting wet paper towels in a small open yogurt container in my case. I now live in Boise, ID (~45% humidity). Many more reeds complain much more squawkily. The small humidifier in the case solution no longer works. I put my concertina in a standard cooler chest with a open beaker of water. Humidity climbed to 83%, and there was discernible improvement, but not nearly enough to have a playable instrument. Problems are usually worse on the draw than the pull. I have given the instrument at least 2 weeks to adjust to the closed 83% environment. I have read the many humidity threads, but I think I may have come to the end of personal solutions. What sort of internal modifications are likely to be needed to restore order? Does something need to be done to the reed pans? (I haven't come across my Dave Elliot repair book since the move.) Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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