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About Humidit:. It is possible to make my ukes settle in new environment?

Ly-Cong Thu — Jan 28, 2015 11:24PM HST

Quality ukes are made in humidity controlled factories where humidity is between 45-50%. People who constantly lives in environment where humidity levels is slightly lower than that recommended standard, Ukes will shrink and deformation occur on soundboard and back. It's easy to make uke to return original shape, by storing ukes in hard case with a quality humidifier, but my question if there is any method to make uke settle in humidity level 30-40% without significant deformation?


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Andrew Kitakis - Jan 30, 2015 at 11:22AM HST

The Ukulele Site Agent

It mostly depends on how the wood was treated and dried before it was built, and that also depends on the type of wood. Some hard woods need to be kiln dried for about a year to be able to handle even modestly dry climates. Instruments coming from factories that are not cutting and drying their wood correctly first, before even starting to build, are much more susceptible to warping and cracking with the slightest amount of dry weather because the woods often have between 12-15% moisture content when you really need to be around 6%.

So you started it off by saying "quality ukes". You will have less issues, and wood does settle into it's environment, but I would acclimate slowly by using a herco (weaker humidifier) at first and keeping it mostly in the case for the first year or two. Then just watch it. If the fret ends feel sharp and the back no longer has an arch then you know it's needing more humidity.

A well built instrument will do what you are asking though, eventually settling into it's environment and stabilizing, as long as it not too dry (below 30%) and there isn't drastic changes during the seasons.

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