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Stretto® Humidifier for Violin or Viola

Item # S1010

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4 Stars
 
The Stretto from Switzerland is simply the most effective system for maintaining a safe and consistent humidity level in a case's interior. The Stretto bag effectively humidifies for up to two weeks. When ready to rehydrate the bag, simply re-soak in water (use distilled water for best results). Benefits to the player include an instrument safer from the risk of cracks, more consistent performance, and bow hair that does not dry and shrink (causing higher tension risking warpage or even tip breaks). Charles Avsharian, CEO of SHAR, says about the Stretto: "I highly recommend the Stretto system to advanced players and professionals as it is without question the best humidifying system available. The humidifying bags are easy to use, and last up to two weeks without any maintenance. For those with valuable instruments and bows, I believe the Stretto system is extremely valuable for safeguarding their investment and for consistent top performance."

Humidity Advisory
"Central heating, air conditioning and the dry climate parts of the country have done more damage to musical instruments than all other natural forces. There are a few absolutes to follow in order to keep your instrument in top condition and save time and money spent on repair.

1. Use the Stretto system of controlled, moisture release and electronic humidistat.
2. Keep your case closed at all times except to remove or replace the instrument.
3. Replace moisture pouches as needed (keep some spares handy).

As in all museums protecting great works of art, the humidity must be equalized for the preservation  of such masterpieces. All instruments require similar protection, regardless of their age…we owe it to our precious investment. I heartily recommend the Stretto."

-Cyrus Forough, Concert Artist, Professor of Violin , Carnegie Mellon University

Why Use a Humidifier?
The winter months ahead will bring with them colder and drier air which can be dangerous for instruments and bows. Wood absorbs and releases moisture as humidity levels change in the surrounding air. Instruments are, of course, made of wood. Dry air causes wood to release moisture which causes it to shrink and/or shift ever so slightly which for your instrument can lead to cracks and expensive repair bills. Of course most instruments will not crack, but as your instrument dries out, its tone will change, and seldom does it change for the better! Bow horsehair shrinks in dry air which can impair sound quality, or cause the bow to warp, or could even result in a disastrous bow tip break. A good phrase that comes to mind is: "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." Purchasing a relatively inexpensive humidifier will protect your investment and you to sound your best.
Dimensions
Length: 3"
Width: 2 1/4"
Height: 3/4"
Includes Stretto case and 2 humidification bags (no hygrometer).
1-Year Limited Warranty
This item comes with Shar's 1 year warranty covering defects of workmanship or materials. General wear and tear or mis-use are not covered. Non-transferable.

Media Return Policy
These items are non-refundable unless defective. If defective, they must be returned within 30 days of purchase for same title replacement only. No refunds will be given.

If you have any questions about this product's warranty or to make a return, please contact our Customer Service Department at 800.793.4334 or email us at sharserv@sharmusic.com
 

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  • Rating:
    40 Stars
    Posted By: Yiyang Shi from Fredericton, NB
    January 29, 2014

    Good design

    This humidifier is well-designed. There are two humidifying bags included. When the ambient humidity is 20%, the tested humidity inside my viola case with this humidifier after 12 hours is about 0%. The result is acceptable, but note that if you open you case frequently, the in-case humidity would be only about 40%, which is still kinda low. So in my opinion, it'll be better if you also use an hudifier in your room. ... (See Full Review)

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    50 Stars
    Posted By: PH from Skokie, IL
    July 01, 2008

    It works!!

    Put it simple, it works as it claims. I also live in the Chicago area and winter weather here can be hectic. The stretto humidifier manages to maintain the RH of my violin case at about 60 hen closed. I also use distilled water. The instruction says 3 minutes of soaking, but I usually soak the pack for 10 minutes. A gallon bottle of distilled water )about US$0.80( will be more than enough for the whole winter. The provided velcro does not stick to the interior lining of my case. Turns out I ventured to use the iron-on velcro for clothing )available @ Walmart for about US$4.00(and it works very well. Since I have no access to the back of the material, I simply place a terry-cloth towel on top of the velcro and iron the velcro with steam on. ... (See Full Review)

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