How to Store Musical Instruments

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Musical Instrument Storage

When storing a musical instrument in a self storage unit, keep in mind that all types of instruments are vulnerable to environmental conditions. Whether you are storing a brass or wooden instrument, you will need to take certain steps to ensure that it can withstand extreme temperatures, temperature changes and humidity. Failing to do so can lead to mold, warping, shrinking, expansion, cracking and other changes that will affect the sound and appearance of your instrument. Follow these tips to make sure your instrument stays in good shape while you store it.

Brass Instruments
Before storing a brass instrument in a self storage unit, disassemble the instrument and remove any reeds or mouthpieces. You will also want to oil the instrument and polish it with a polish that also cleans and conditions the brass. You should thoroughly clean the interior of the instrument with an instrument cleaning brush. Brass should be as dry as possible during storage, so be sure to empty all of the water from the instrument.

Stringed Instruments
Before you store a stringed instrument, relax or remove the strings while leaving the bridge in place. Doing so will protect the strings from tension changes caused by cold and hot air. You can further protect the strings by covering them in a clean cloth.

Wooden Instruments
If your instrument is made of wood, the material will require special care during storage. First, clean the wood and cover it in a protective layer of wooden instrument wax. Never use polishes containing oil or alcohol on the wood as this will dry it out. Humidity can also tarnish and dry out wooden instruments, so keep the instrument in its case inside a sealed polyurethane bag. Use a self storage unit with climate control to reduce moisture and humidity in the air.

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