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    I’m having trouble with Winter sunlight streaming into my music room too. I had all my instruments on floor stands before, but now I’ve had to put most of them into gig bags or cases.

    Too bad — I like to look at ‘em.
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    So what's wrong with a little sunlight - are they vampires, or something? Actually, I think my spruce topped uke coould stand a bit of a tan, it's so pasty white looking...


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    Quote Originally Posted by bratsche View Post
    So what's wrong with a little sunlight - are they vampires, or something? Actually, I think my spruce topped uke coould stand a bit of a tan, it's so pasty white looking...


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    Some woods change color pretty quickly when subjected to direct light. If that light falls day after day, unevenly across the instrument, for several weeks, it could tan on one side noticeably more than the other and the effect is seldom pleasant. This might happen to newer wooden instruments especially.

    I bought a brand new mahogany guitar that had been hung in a humidified wood panelled room in the store. Within a week of buying it I removed the pickguard, thinking there wouldn't be a tan line... nope, there was already a difference in color. I wondered how this had happened until I noticed there was a less distinct tan line below the bridge as well. The mahogany had darkened because of the ceiling lights in the humidor room.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bratsche View Post
    So what's wrong with a little sunlight - are they vampires, or something? Actually, I think my spruce topped uke coould stand a bit of a tan, it's so pasty white looking...


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    I think I read that direct sunlight on wooden instruments can help to dry them out. So, with the winter humidity already workin’ on ‘em, it seems prudent to cover them, and it also keeps the dust off of them.

    Better safe than sorry.
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    Unless I missed something, I think I am the only one who hangs my ukuleles on the wall in their hard case. And I have to laugh at Downup's winter precautions in California. I remember those solstitial evenings in Irvine when it grew so cold at night that I almost had to close the window.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ripock View Post
    Unless I missed something, I think I am the only one who hangs my ukuleles on the wall in their hard case. And I have to laugh at Downup's winter precautions in California. I remember those solstitial evenings in Irvine when it grew so cold at night that I almost had to close the window.
    Are you kiddin’? We’re havin’ Winter this year! It’s really cold lately — even in the 50s some mornings! And we’re using our heater almost every morning. Why, I hafta wear a sweater just about every day — brrrrrr . . .

    It’s really a rough one. We even had rain a coupla weeks ago! It’s been a struggle to get through.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Arcy View Post
    ... of the temperament where it it's out of sight it's out of mind, and if it's out of mind it doesn't get played.
    I feel the same way... but have put off putting hangers on the walls because I find drilling into plaster & lath pretty annoying... Even bought the hangers.
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    I got all mine hanging from hooks on a ceiling beam close to a wall, the hooks were already there when we moved in last year. Only thing I hang them while in their canvas bags. My Mainland pineapple and Eleuke Pineapple both sit flat on a closet shelf in their hard cases. Oh yes, and I have my 100% plastic Bugsgear Aquqlele hanging in my truck for easy access.
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    I had previously purchased a curio cabinet to store my ukes. I had them laying on the glass shelves. I recently added hangers for better display. This is really for humidity control for the vintage Oscar-Schmidt's, but I put in hangers for multiple instruments so I have some of my less expensive pieces there too.

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    When they are in cases I find I'm less likely to play them.
    In my den I mounted a piece of mounting about a foot off the ceiling and put coats hook about a foot apart to hang my 15 favorite home made ukes.
    I think of them as functional art.
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