Venta for musical instruments

Whether it be your cello, violin, double bass or piano, musical instruments are a private passion for some and loyal companions in the studio or on the stage for others. They accompany musicians for years – or even over the course of a lifetime. It is hardly surprising that owners often develop a very special relationship with their instrument. The proper maintenance of their prized possession is of course indispensable, but that is no easy task. Wooden musical instruments are particularly sensitive to climatic conditions such as temperature differences or relative humidity. In order for your expensive musical instruments to sound good for as long as possible, they should be stored in an ideal indoor climate. In winter especially, when indoor heating is being used, the air in rehearsal rooms or studios tends to dry out. This dry air can cause lasting damage to instruments.

If your own instrument feels wrong

Not just the strings of your instrument, but also its wooden body and varnish can be damaged very quickly under poor climatic conditions. The bodies of string instruments, such as acoustic guitars, are made of thin wooden boards. These thin wooden boards react very sensitively to temperature fluctuations and changes in humidity. If the humidity in the room is too high, the gluing of the carefully joined wooden parts can dissolve. If the humidity is too low, fine cracks appear in the varnish.

The first changes in the instrument often become noticeable through a change in the way it feels when it is played. When the instrument suddenly feels or sounds different, the strings are often initially blamed for this, but these are often just the first signs of damages due to climatic conditions.

"The right level of humidification is important for valuable musical instruments. I bought the Venta air washer, and I'm very happy with it. Especially because it is very hygienic and low-maintenance. That is why I like to recommend this type of air humidification.“

Prof. Justus Frantz, Hamburg

The Choice of Proper Humidity or the Death of an Instrument

The reason instruments change so much due to humidity is primarily due to the material that makes up the instrument: wood. It is a living material that reacts to its surroundings and is constantly changing. This is still even the case if the tree that was used to make the instrument was chopped down half a century ago and the wood has been dried for decades. When the air is humid, wood expands, and when the air is dry, wood contracts. These changes affect not just the way the instrument is played, but also the way it looks. If a guitar or bass is stored in a dry area, the neck will warp and the fretboard will lose volume. When touching the wood with your fingers, the surface feels unusually rough, despite the varnish. Due to the contraction of the fretboard, the frets jut out sharply – a clear sign of insufficient humidification.

If you ignore these warning signs and keep storing the instrument in a dry space, serious damages can occur. The otherwise slightly convex front and back panels of string instruments will gradually curve upwards. The surface can crack, the varnish can split open, and fractures can occur. There is usually not much that can be done to repair these damages – only a specialist may be able to salvage all or parts of the instrument. This is why musicians should take great care to regularly keep an eye on the surface of the instrument as well as the humidity in the room. Fragile instruments, in particular, are at risk of being damaged by dry air. Instruments with a solid body such as electric guitars or electric basses are subject to different hazards caused by poor climatic conditions. This usually makes itself noticeable through a warping of the neck or rust on its metal parts.

“Wherever I'm performing in the world: My agencies are instructed to make sure that Venta air washers are installed on site, because my incredibly valuable violin requires the best possible indoor climate. Only VENTA can give me the confidence that the air humidification will be perfect.“

Nigel Kennedy, London

It’s so easy: Ideal instrument care with Airwashers

Using the principle of cold evaporation, our Venta Airwashers create perfect humidity conditions in the areas where you store your instruments. In winter, Airwashers add humidity to the dry air caused by heating, which is why they are indispensable for the care of musical instruments. Venta Airwashers maintain a constant humidity of 40 to 55% – optimal storage conditions for your musical instrument. Even larger instruments like pianos can be cared for with the Airwasher and benefit from ideal humidity. Thanks to the principle of cold evaporation, the air is always automatically kept at an ideal level of humidity and the possibility of excessive humidification is eliminated. Due to its compact size and low level of maintenance, the Airwasher is suitable for any room. And because it operates so quietly, it will not be a distraction to professional musicians in the studio or passionate enthusiasts at home.

Venta Airwashers for the Care of Your Instruments

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Kuubel Airwasher (LW45)

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Kuube Airwasher (LW25)

  • For up to 400 square feet
  • Ideal for a living room or master bedroom
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Kuublet Airwasher (LW15)

  • For up to 200 square feet
  • Ideal for a bedroom, office, or nursery
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