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    Quote Originally Posted by Ukecaster View Post
    A new, high-tech breakthrough in uke humidification systems.

    Seriously, I just do this, or a sponge in a holey soapbar case, or old film canister with holes. Bought all these ukes, all these cases, now they need water, and I ain't buying fancy humidifiers for each. You can lead a uke to water, and you CAN make it drink!

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    John, do you punch holes in that zip lock?
    Do you stuff inside a soprano sound hole?
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    When I got my new Moon Bird uke from HMS, they included a humidifier that I'd not seen before. Humistat brand. Not real big, but easy to see how much water is in it. Kind of easy to fill.....as soon as you take the end cap off, all the water starts to leak out the other end. You have to fill fast & put the cap on fast. You can adjust the openings on the bottom cap to adjust the humidity level. Not a sound hole unit, but fits in the top of the case under the neck easy.
    https://www.theukulelesite.com/acces...umidifier.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by ukeinfused View Post
    John, do you punch holes in that zip lock?
    Do you stuff inside a soprano sound hole?
    No, I just fold the top of the bag open, so it will stay open, and place it in the case/bag, under the neck, being careful to not let it flop around, so the sponge never touches the wood.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RafterGirl View Post
    When I got my new Moon Bird uke from HMS, they included a humidifier that I'd not seen before. Humistat brand. Not real big, but easy to see how much water is in it. Kind of easy to fill.....as soon as you take the end cap off, all the water starts to leak out the other end. You have to fill fast & put the cap on fast. You can adjust the openings on the bottom cap to adjust the humidity level. Not a sound hole unit, but fits in the top of the case under the neck easy.
    https://www.theukulelesite.com/acces...umidifier.html
    Interesting. I might get this to try out. They make a larger one for guitar also.
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    The trick to filling the Humistat is to fill it all the way to the brim, because the water will immediately begin leaking out the bottom. As soon as you push the cap in, it creates a vacuum seal. No more leaking will happen. Dry off the outside of the humistat once you're done. It was a little frustrating at first, until I got the fast fill & pop the cap on timing down. Fill it over a sink to avoid a mess. Once it's filled, it's a handy little humidifier. Easy to see how much water is in there & adjustable. I think mine is set on 2 holes open & it lasts 1.5 - 2 weeks before it needs a fill up.
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    I've got a cheap solution for the ukes that don't have hardshell cases. I put them in Jumbo Ziploc bags. Inside of the bag, taped to the inside well up near the top, I put a ziploc sandwich bag with plenty of holes punched in the sides. Inside of that is 1/2 a brand new kitchen sponge wetted with distilled water and wrung out. Taping it this way keeps it away from the ukes but since it's only taped on one side, I can get the sponge out without removing the taped.bag.

    The main ziploc bags are 32" tall and 24" wide so they'll fit anything from a sopranino to a baritone. They have holes on top, above the closure strip so they can be easily hung on the wall.

    It's easy enough access and handy, if inelegant... but it's also cheap and effective... inside the bags it's a comfy 51% RH.

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    Yes, only use distilled water for humidifiers. Otherwise, the evaporation will leave behind a hard lime (calcium carbonate) crust that will ruin an oasis as well as s sponge based humidifier. I also had some mold growth on the outside of one of my oasis, but the origin could be spores form any source that thrive in a moist environment. I just brushed it off with an old toothbrush once in a while, and after I dumped the crystals and rinsed and dried the humidifier, so far the mold has not come back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RafterGirl View Post
    When I got my new Moon Bird uke from HMS, they included a humidifier that I'd not seen before. Humistat brand.
    https://www.theukulelesite.com/acces...umidifier.html
    Interesting that it's adjustable. I guess you'd have to use that with a hygrometer.
    Too many ukes, but I can't stop buying!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerryc41 View Post
    Interesting that it's adjustable. I guess you'd have to use that with a hygrometer.
    Yeah, I’m totally guessing at this point. The instructions say to start at one to two holes open. I use a sound hole humidifier as well, so it’s not the only one in the case. I’ll have to toss my hygrometer in the case and see.
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    I know this is an older post, but thought I'd give a report here in case there are other multi-instrument folks worrying about the frigid dry Midwest weather (minus 9 right now in St. Paul!) but tired of the futziness of the humidifiers:

    I'm happy to say I've successfully used the D'Addario Humidipaks that Jerry recommended earlier in this post in each of my ukes this winter. These are the "Two-way" (meaning the beads will absorb moisture if RH gets too high), so no RH monitoring or Humidifier settings required.
    Guitar Center sells bulk packs of 12 (as does Amazon), and I was able to get additional 15% off with a coupon code.

    I experimented a little in the beginning, and found that these work fine without the expensive kit/holsters sold for this product.
    I simply fold the pack on itself and stick it in the sound hole between the C and the E strings, being careful that only the paper edge end of the pack (ie the part that does not give off moisture) comes into contact with finished surfaces around the sound hole. Then I fold the paper end over the strings to keep it in place.
    On concert and tenors the pak can sit straight through the sound hole, again, resting on the strings.
    On a soprano the pak has to be angled towards the bottom of the uke. There is a goretex like material under the paper exterior that is rather smushable and has held up fine as I take the paks in and out for playing.
    On my bari and guitars, I used two packs in the body of the instrument. They did fall in once or twice, but are easy to shake to a place where I can grab them through the sound hole.

    This may all sound a bit complicated, but I can't begin to say how much easier it is compared to the refillable humidifers which have to be refilled once a week or more when the air is this dry.
    My only regret is that this is not a "green" product. The paks eventually lose enough moisture that they must be replaced (once this winter for me). So neither is it a cheap option (about $80 this winter for 12 instruments), but so, so worth it to keep my ukes safe and sound without constantly messing with and checking on them.

    I have a goal to pare down the herd and move towards a "catch and release" kind of ownership (does a gal really need ukes that aren't played weekly?), but until I can bear to part with some of them, I think this is the new best thing for me.
    Last edited by ukeinfused; 01-29-2019 at 01:43 PM.
    Tracie

    Island Koa Instruments, prototype soprano, Peter Howlett #153
    Weymann soprano, 20's or 30's?
    Martin O, 1960's
    Kiwaya KTS-7
    Lanikai SPS-S spruce top
    Kanile'a K1 Concert
    Kamaka 1969 Tiki Concert
    Kala Elite 1MHG Concert
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