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The Big Kahuna
05-03-2012, 07:51 PM
What is our overall humidity considered to be for the purposes of looking after a solid Uke' ?

bazmaz
05-03-2012, 09:36 PM
Not sure on the numbers, but so long as you don't stick a uke next to a radiator in the uk I'd be amazed if you needed to check on humidity.

I have had ukes and solid guitars for 30 years and never had an issue. Always keep in a case, out of sunlight and away from central heating. We have a spare room in which heating is turned pretty much all the way down.nall my instruments live in there.

The Big Kahuna
05-03-2012, 09:39 PM
Cheers. Pretty much the same as I've always done with my instruments. Now all I need to do is keep my dogs away from it.

Meerkatdawg
05-03-2012, 10:25 PM
I've more of a background in the double bass and when I was studying this was a hotly debated subject in class and at festivals. In the UK as bazmaz says it's really not a problem if you're careful where you store your instrument. Where I studied, they had a fine collection of instruments that ranged into the hundred's of thousands of pounds and none of them were in a humidity controlled environment or sported humidifiers. The hotter weather can be a worry but really it's more your central heating that will be the killer which means you should be more careful in the winter months and obviously when going from cold to hot environments with a sudden change - but that's another topic. I keep all my instruments in one room and at my piano technician's advice I keep a bowl of water under the piano which I'm not exactly enthralled with, but it gives the dog something to drink when she's taking a break at barking at the pedals! :-s

The Big Kahuna
05-03-2012, 10:36 PM
Unfortunately, the bowl of water isn't an option for me. The St Bernard can turn a gallon of water into egg white in 15 seconds.

Meerkatdawg
05-03-2012, 10:43 PM
The St Bernard can turn a gallon of water into egg white in 15 seconds.

I don't think I've ever read a sentence that's described a dog's action so perfectly.

The Big Kahuna
05-03-2012, 10:57 PM
That's when he can be bothered to get off his sofa...

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The combined weight of him & our Pyrenean Mountain Dog is 320lbs. Not a great environment for playing Ukulele unless you want to turn your instrument into a folding Uke'

I'm going to have to be very careful where I put it down.

Meerkatdawg
05-03-2012, 11:15 PM
That's one big dorgie. Gorgeous though - I particularly like the burlesque style pose. We've a Border Terrier ourselves. Smaller dog. Still a big handful though.

You could understand how they might fancy a bit of a 'shred' on a uke!

consitter
05-03-2012, 11:18 PM
The combined weight of him & our Pyrenean Mountain Dog is 320lbs.

Now that's a lot of dog!!!

consitter
05-03-2012, 11:26 PM
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My dog when I play the uke. I have to remind him I AM the one that feeds him!

ukuleledaveey
05-03-2012, 11:42 PM
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My dog when I play the uke. I have to remind him I AM the one that feeds him!

that made me laugh , thanks for sharing , a great pic :)

The Big Kahuna
05-03-2012, 11:55 PM
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My dog when I play the uke. I have to remind him I AM the one that feeds him!

Utterly awesome!

The Big Kahuna
05-03-2012, 11:56 PM
Now that's a lot of dog!!!

St Bernard 180lbs
Pyrenean 140lbs

ukuleledaveey
05-04-2012, 12:20 AM
oh i forgot to mention, i was advbised no need to use humidifer, i have economy 7 stoage brick heaters, luckily i havent had to or can offord to run them lol, i just keep my ukes in there cases and away from sunlight :)

consitter
05-04-2012, 12:27 AM
Thanks Kahuna and Daveey! I live to entertain!!:)

Meerkatdawg
05-04-2012, 12:40 AM
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My dog when I play the uke. I have to remind him I AM the one that feeds him!

Are you sure that was your dog's choice? lol

consitter
05-04-2012, 12:42 AM
Are you sure that was your dog's choice? lol

He's a Yorkie with very discerning tastes.

njukeman
05-05-2012, 01:29 AM
Back to the original question if I may. I believe 50% humidity at 60 degrees F (15.5 celsius) is the proper number.

The Big Kahuna
05-05-2012, 04:59 AM
Back to the original question if I may. I believe 50% humidity at 60 degrees F (15.5 celsius) is the proper number.

So low humidity = bad. High humidity = good (or maybe less bad) ? When talking about Ukes, that is.

njukeman
05-05-2012, 06:45 AM
So low humidity = bad. High humidity = good (or maybe less bad) ? When talking about Ukes, that is.

well actually too much or too little is bad. Too much for too long and the wood will swell and glue seams can separate, not enough and the wood will start to dry out which will lead to cracks and also glue drying out and separating. 50% is the defacto standard. Also temp has a big factor so hence the average number. This applies to all solid wood instuments. anything made with laminates are more robust. But you already knew that! :)

The Big Kahuna
05-05-2012, 06:51 AM
Well, I'm guessing from the fact that I've never seen an acoustic instrument in England that' s suffered from environmental damage of this kind, any Uke' is going to find a happy home over here.

Any of you chaps in the colonies that are concerned for the health and well-being of their Hawaiian handmade Ukes, feel free to send them to me. I'll make sure they live a long and happy life in the perfect environment.

njukeman
05-05-2012, 09:44 AM
I know Big Kahuna, you could set up sort of an ukulele cloud! Whenever someone here in the States needs to "store" their ukes they can send them to you. That would be a perfect solution. You are so unselfish helping out in that way! :biglaugh:

The Big Kahuna
05-05-2012, 10:06 AM
Hey, that's just the kind of guy I am. Selfless to a fault.

cantcook1
05-06-2012, 07:02 AM
Humidity, umberella what to use more like.LOL