D.I.Y. Case Humidifier Project
For those TB'ers in drier climates keeping instruments properly hydrated this time of year can be a challenge.
I want to share a very simple, low-cost solution to this problem with you all.
Step 1- Go to you local dollar store and get a few plastic bar soap boxes and a pack of cheap, closed-cell sponges. I recommend the pliable, rounded type of box if available as they're far less likely to damage your finish.
Step 2- Use a reaming tool, (a sharp knife will do in a pinch, but BE CAREFUL!), and cut 6-8 small, circular holes in one side of each box. Choose either the top or bottom side, not both.
Step 3- Cut down some sponge material to fit snugly inside the box.
Step 4- Remove, then wet the sponge and squeeze any excess water out before re-installing into your box. Use just enough water so that they don't drip. Distilled is better but tap will do.
Step 5- Close up your boxes and put one in each case with the solid side down to release the moisture inside. Make sure that they don't drip any excess water and install away from direct contact with the instrument.
Step 6- (optional) Put a piece of velcro tape on the back of your box and inside the case for more secure placement.
These should retain moisture for up to a week at a time, so check 'em and replenish the water as needed.
Total cost should be under $5 for approximately 3 humidifiers.
Last edited by bassfran : 02-01-2013 at 12:26 PM.