September 20, 2018

Important Tips For Storing Musical Instruments and Equipment

Musical instruments and the electronic equipment must be stored the correct way to preserve them for years to come. There are many things to take into consideration before you store your musical instruments.

Most importantly, instruments need to be kept away from extreme cold, heat, and humidity. Prolonged exposure to these elements will cause them to warp, shrink, or grow mildew. A climate-controlled storage unit is essential to keep instruments in tip-top shape. These types of units combine central air and heat to maintain a temperature of 50-80 degrees within the storage unit.

violin storage

Tips For Storing Musical Instruments and Equipment:

    • Clean and condition your instrument with the proper products.
    • Disassemble the instruments. Carefully remove mouthpieces, reeds, straps, etc.
    • Use the cases designed for each instrument for storage. Always drape a clean cloth over any strings.
    • When storing a piano, cover it with a sheet or tarp to keep the dust away. Also, wrap your piano, lid, legs, pedals, and bench in heavy padding.
    • Wood instruments are more prone to expand in heat and humidity and contract in cold, dry conditions. Pianos need to be exceptionally well cared for as their wood and metal parts expand at different rates.
    • When you store instruments for an extended period, they need to be cleaned and tuned.
    • The longer you store your instrument, the more care you should take unpacking it. Wooden instruments need careful attention when unpacking.
    • Keep instruments away from the doors or vents of a storage unit. If possible, they should always be stored off the floor in the center of the unit.
    • To keep the draft away from your instrument, surround it with household items such as mattresses or furniture.
    • Keep electrical equipment and boxes of music off the floor. Use pallets or shelving when possible.
    • Keep any CDs, DVDs or flash drives of music in waterproof containers.

Your instruments are precious to you. You’ve likely spent hundreds if not thousands of dollars purchasing and maintaining them. Consider insuring them in the case of unforeseen damage. Talk to the storage manager at your storage facility to learn more about the various insurance options. Make sure to keep an inventory of all of your instruments and snap detailed photos of what they looked like before storage – just in case of damage!

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