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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000779.txt from 1999/06

From: "David B. Niethamer" <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Humidity
Date: Sat, 26 Jun 1999 09:18:00 -0400

on 6/25/99 2:30 PM, wrote:

>I have often read that you should put orange peels in your clarinet case
>in order to keep the humidity at ~50%. Has anyone ever heard of using a
>dampit (which is used by violin and viola players, to name a few, to
>control humidity)?

Yes, when the ambient humidity is low (winter, heating season, which
dries things out). I've never had a bug problem - maybe Shadow Cat has
fleas ;-)

One of my repair techs suggested orange peels in preference to a Dampit,
because he felt the Dampit was too "wet" and had the potential to rust
springs, etc. Also liked the oils in the orange peel better. Me too.


David Niethamer
Principal Clarinet, Richmond Symphony

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