JackJ Posted August 21, 2022 Share Posted August 21, 2022 I did a very stupid thing and set my Morse Ceilli down on my outdoor deck table last night, then got distracted by a family matter, forgot it was there, and went to bed. Then it rained. I'm guessing we got 1/4" - 1/2" of rain--not just a light sprinkle. I have the ends off and have pat the instrument dry with paper towels. Both action boards are partially soaked, as are some of the pads. As far as I can tell, no water got through to the reeds side. The bellows absorbed a lot of water and expanded to about half of full extension and want to stay there. Fortunately I'm not seeing any seams coming apart. Can you offer me any advice on what I should do next? I'm guessing I should dry it out slowly, rather than use a hair dryer or any sort of heat. What about a table fan? I'm guessing the pads may no longer seal well once they're dry. I'm also concerned about the bellows leather and cardstock being affected long term. Should I compress the bellows now while they're still moist? I'm a little worried about mold forming, but maybe that would take a day or two and can be prevented if I extend and air them out several times during the drying process, keeping them mostly compressed? On the other hand, I'm nervous about manipulating the bellows at all for fear the glue joints might give way. I don't mind a bit if you preface any replies with, "What an idiot!" before sharing any advice on corrective steps. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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