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Keeping Ukuleels Humidified While Away Traveling

Jim Nugent — Feb 19, 2015 10:41AM HST

I currently have three solid top ukuleles. Two gloss and 1 matte finish. I spend 4 months a year away from my home and unfortunately can only travel with one ukulele. During that time my home is heated with forced hot air and installing a home humidifier is not an option. My question is which type of ukulele is more likely to sustain damage, due to low humidity conditions gloss or matte finish? Thank you, Jim Nugent, Stone Harbor, NJ

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Joel - Feb 26, 2015 at 12:42AM HST

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Both the gloss and satin finish will still seal the outside of the wood to provide outside protection but it doesn't necessarily lock in moisture since the inside of the instrument is still bare. You should be just as careful with any of them in regards to humidity.

If you are going to be travelling I would suggest storing them in cases along with a decent humidifier. If it will be months before the humidifiers can be refilled you might try storing those cases inside of sealed garbage bags to lock in more humidity so the humidifiers wont dry as fast and protect the instrument from the excessively dry air. Its much cheaper than a room humidifier and will give you some peace of mind while your away.

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