Storing Musical Instruments

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You love your stand up bass and shelled out a whole lot of dough for this baby. But now you need to store it while work takes you to Europe for a few months.  How do you properly put away this and other instruments so that they don’t sustain damage? Use this guide to help you:
 

Prep It

Whatever your instrument, learn the proper way to prepare it for storage. For example, clean the instrument, disassemble if need be, release the tension of the strings for stringed instruments, loosen skin on drums and wrap, pad and cover where needed.
 

Transport Right

You can easily transport some of the smaller instruments with no issues. Others, like a piano, are best moved using professionals. If pros are needed, find a company you trust and book them in advance.
 

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Finding the Right Storage

Heat and humidity can affect your instrument. You’re best off using a climate controlled storage unit to ensure instruments don’t snap, break or warp. The ideal temperature and humidity depends on the instrument but a good rule of thumb is to keep the unit between 65 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit with the relative humidity around 50 percent.
 

Keep it Secure

The last thing you want is to have a valuable and loveable instrument stolen while in storage. For that reason, make sure the facility offers good security and that you have chosen a lock that will keep your belongings safe.
 

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Take Out with Care

When you’re ready to remove your instrument from storage, be sure to take extra care. Maybe the wood is brittle or the veneer has stuck to the wrapping. Either way, it’s good to baby the instrument until you know what’s happened while you were away from it.