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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000191.txt from 1993/12

From: "Dr. Ronald P. Monsen" <RPMONS00@-----.EDU>
Subj: Re: The wooden clarinet
Date: Mon, 13 Dec 1993 09:08:20 -0500

During ths winter months I keep a tobacco humidifier in my cases. For the
basset horn I have two. It happens here (Kentucky) that as the heat comes
on in the Fin Arts Building the air does not hold as much moisture--nor does
it as it gets colder outside. Even with humidity control (physical plant says
we have such a thing) it gets drier and drier. I find that the moisture in
the case--in the atmosphere--helps. The clarinets do not shrink so that the
rings get loose, etc. This is also a big help with reeds. I find this to be
less of a problem here than when I wintered in Wisconsin or Illinois. A
guide to this would be watching what string players do with that thing they
insert into the body of their instruments--DAMPIT.

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