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    It is highly possible another thread has already addressed this issue, but I dutifully did a search before posting this and couldn't find one. Apologies if this is a repeat.

    I just bought an Oasis Ukulele Humidifier for my Mainland Classic Soprano Mahogany (solid mahogany construction), and despite all of the talk of "suspending" it from the strings, or it "hanging" in the sound hole, the bottom of the humidifier is clearly resting against the inside of the back of the ukulele when I attach it to the strings. Is this a problem? I assumed there wasn't supposed to be contact, otherwise you could presumably just drop it in the sound hole without needing to attach it to the strings at all.

    Any advice? I live in L.A., which can get dry but is usually not that dry, so I'm not sure how necessary humidifying even is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ukela View Post
    It is highly possible another thread has already addressed this issue, but I dutifully did a search before posting this and couldn't find one. Apologies if this is a repeat.

    I just bought an Oasis Ukulele Humidifier for my Mainland Classic Soprano Mahogany (solid mahogany construction), and despite all of the talk of "suspending" it from the strings, or it "hanging" in the sound hole, the bottom of the humidifier is clearly resting against the inside of the back of the ukulele when I attach it to the strings. Is this a problem? I assumed there wasn't supposed to be contact, otherwise you could presumably just drop it in the sound hole without needing to attach it to the strings at all.

    Any advice? I live in L.A., which can get dry but is usually not that dry, so I'm not sure how necessary humidifying even is.
    Off the top of my head I remember 40-60% humidity being ok? I live in santa barbara, and I have never used a humidifier because I think the humidity is fine especially with the proximity to the fog line. I used intellicast to find out my humidity before : http://www.intellicast.com/Local/Wea...ation=USCA0638

    Obviously you would want to check it when it's not raining haha...

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    I went with the Oasis OH6. It attaches to the inside of your case in a couple of different ways. If your humidifier touches the bottom of your instrument then there could be pressure on that back plate when you close the lid. I personally didn't like the idea of a humidifier hanging from the strings and I couldn't find one that didn't touch bottom. Regarding the humidity issue, there are only a handful of areas in the U.S. where the average humidity drops below 40%. If you travel much by air you might want a case humidifier. I just traveled from Vegas (humidity well below 40%) to Kauai (rain capitol of the world) and it was reassuring to have the humidifier. I'm quite happy with the OH6 so far, but I've taken it out of the case while on da islands mon.

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    Doesn't Oasis make a uke specific model? I thought I saw that somewhere. Is yours the guitar model?

    I also live in LA but I'm near the beach. If you live inland then humidity could be an issue. With winter approaching and heaters going on, the humidity in the home could drop even though the outside humidity level is within the acceptable range. Thus, I tend to use humidifiers during the winter months.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ukela View Post
    I just bought an Oasis Ukulele Humidifier for my Mainland Classic Soprano Mahogany (solid mahogany construction), and despite all of the talk of "suspending" it from the strings, or it "hanging" in the sound hole, the bottom of the humidifier is clearly resting against the inside of the back of the ukulele when I attach it to the strings. Is this a problem? I assumed there wasn't supposed to be contact, otherwise you could presumably just drop it in the sound hole without needing to attach it to the strings at all.
    I have the same humidifier and it definitely rests against the uke while hanging from the strings. Pretty sure it wouldn't be a problem unless there was water leaking or dripping from the Oasis somehow.
    Living in PHX, I top off the humidifier once a week. If I went 2 weeks, it would be dry, for sure.
    I think you should humidify your uke for now and contact Mainland with questions about your situation. Their customer service is legendary.
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    I have one of the Planet Waves humidifier that, in a guitar, would sit in the sound hole supported by the strings. In a uke case I simply let it lay up in the headstock area.

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    I live in LA too, and about 3 or 4 miles from the ocean. It can get pretty dry here when the Santa Ana winds kick up. I have seen my humidity gauge read 17% on some days. I keep all my ukes in cases, and the non-laminate ukes all have humidifiers. I have one mini-uke that is a wall decoration, and it is make of koa. In less than a year, it has developed small cracks at the bottom. I keep my oasis in the case... I have the kind with the magnetic strip. I don't have the kind that works hanging from the uke strings.

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    Not a problem, I've never had one leak and often lay them inside the uke with the top end propped on the plastic part that you can hang from the strings. Try to always use distilled water or they can eventually get clogged up with minerals from the tap water.
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    Thanks everyone! That is exactly the info I wanted. It seems odd that the Oasis box doesn't acknowledge that on sopranos the humidifier is going to touch the back of the uke when it is "suspended" from the strings, but oh well. If it doesn't matter it doesn't matter.

    Ronnie Aloha, yes, this is the ukulele-specific model.

    And thank you Lori and Ronnie for the L.A.-specific info. I was going back and forth between "L.A. is a desert, I need to humidify" and "L.A. has the best weather in the country, why would I need to humidify?" I will humidify.

    Cletus - yes, Mainland's customer service is so good, they respond to threads I post on UU without my even having to contact them directly (thanks hoosierhiver!).

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    The local weather outside is not really the issue in most cases (I guess if you're storing your instruments in the garage or attic the outdoor climate would be quite the issue - hopefully none of us do that). Most households with central heat and air tend to have very low humidity inside. And in northern climbs indoor humidity is often very low in the winter regardless of what type heating system is in use. For that matter, outdoor humidity is often very low where winters are harsh.

    I recommend a hydrometer in the room where you store instruments and, if it consistently reads below 40 or 50 percent (say 50 to be safe) I'd use case humidifiers for your better instruments. Ironically, better instruments are far more likely to be damaged by low (or very high) humidity than mundane ones - even when we're talking all solid woods in both cases. Better instruments are generally built far more lightly; tops are sanded thinner, bracing is lighter, finishes are thinner, etc. Just for grins I just weighed my Kala all solid acatia pocket uke (10" scale, sopranino body size) and my new KoAloha koa concert - the much larger concert uke weighs exactly three ounces more than the pocket uke (11.5 oz for the pocket uke, 14.5oz for the KoAloha).

    As for the tube-style humidifiers that clip in the strings - I did have some "near damage" from one in a guitar many years ago (different brand and much larger than the one's for ukes). The problem was I got it too wet and the tubing material was thin enough that the sponge could stick through the holes and let moisture wick to the unprotected wood on the inside back of the guitar. The damage wasn't terrible, a discolored spot inside the guitar and a loosened label - nothing that showed from outside, but I've been far more careful to put the humidifiers in just barely damp ever since. It means I have to check them more often but I've only got two (three, now) instruments that I need humidifiers for so it's not like it's a huge timekiller.

    In the case of the KoAloha it seemed risky to feed such a long humidifer into such a small instrument with such thin wood. I store that case flat on a shelf anyway so I curled the humidifier below the headstock where it's not touching the uke. The "Uke Crazy" basket weave case that MGM included with the uke has plenty of airspace at the sides of the neck for the humidity to travel to the body - at least - I hope so cause humidity runs around 30-35% here in my home office.

    Edited to add: Check the Taylor Guitars web site - they have a very good article on wet / dry guitar problems - at least some of that info is probably applicable to uke.
    John

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