Dylan — Feb 12, 2015 02:50PM HST
I heat with wood in New England. My humidity level, even with a room humidifier on, averages in the low 20s. I already use an Oasis humidifier that goes inside my tenor uke but am worried that it's not enough given that the fret ends start sticking out. Would it be okay to also add an additional humidifier inside the case, perhaps the clay one that you sell, or would that be too much?
4 Community Answers
Andrew Kitakis - Feb 14, 2015 at 09:46PM HST
The Ukulele Site Agent
Multiple Oasis humidifiers would be better. The Herco doesn't cut it when you are heating a house. The guitar Oasis emits twice the amount I believe. I need to talk with Dave about making one for ukulele that does the same. In the meantime you can get that one from many stores. It's the OH-1. With one of those in the soundhole and one toward the headstock you will notice it getting more. Other things to try. Put it in a tupperware bin along with damp towels or sponges in an open zip lock. Monitor closely. Other way to get it some moisture, take it with you in the bathroom when you shower. Close the door and open the case while it's on the sink counter. Run a hot shower and chamber that humidified air as long as possible. Good excuse to run a long hot shower too. Other thoughts are that your room humidifier could be contained better and be more effective maybe. Good luck! Let us know how it goes.
Eliseo Bautista - Feb 17, 2015 at 10:50AM HST
I live in Las Vegas, Nevada where very low relative humidity levels down to single digits are not uncommon. I use multiple humidfiers for my ukes. When not enjoying my ukes, I always keep them in their Oahu and Kamaka hardshell cases. I use Oasis OH-5 Plus+ Guitar Humidifiers. Oasis claims, â€œThe Oasis Plus+ provides at least 50% more daily humidity output than the regular Oasis.â€ I emphasize that these are for guitars, but since I live in such a low humidity environment, I have few alternatives. Of course, it is important to monitor the humidity levels to determine if you need more humidifiers. (Donâ€™t be surpirsed if you have to combine 2 different types of humidifiers such as an Oasis OH-18 with a OH-5 Plus+ to achieve a good humidity level.) I monitor the humidity levels with an Oasis hygrometer .
In the case, I place the humdifiers at the headstock of the uke and next to the neck. I keep them in small lycra bags so that the plastic caps on the humdifiers donâ€™t scratch the ukes. (Why doesnâ€™t Oasis put a rubber coating over the plastic caps?) Iâ€™m hesistant to place the humidifiers in the sound holes as recommended because during the past 4 years, Iâ€™ve had 2 develop leaks.
I hope that this helps. Also, I welcome other recommendations that addresses very low humidity levels.
Andrew Kitakis - Feb 17, 2015 at 10:52AM HST
The Ukulele Site Agent
Thanks Eliseo. Good thoughts.
Dylan - Feb 25, 2015 at 10:27AM HST
Thanks Andrew and Eliseo. I'll definitely try your suggestions.