I am about to move from a hot, dry climate (Johannesburg) to a very humid, cool climate (Overberg, South Africa). Is there anything I can do to protect my violins from the impact of the climate change?
The only problem would seem to be the minor swelling of the wood from the additional humidity. The following precautions would be appropriate:
- de–tune each instrument by turning the tuning pegs out 1 full turn. Loosen the tension on the bows similarly.
- wrap each instrument in a baby blanket
- upon introducing the instruments to their new environment open the cases and wait 24 hours before re–tuning the instruments and playing them.
Consult a luthier for additional advice.