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About This Item

Protect your instrument from dry conditions with this easy-to-use humidifier. Simply soak in water and insert into your instrument. Note: This will not fit into all fractional violin f-holes. Tube diameter is 8 mm at its thickest. Included humidity indicator card helps monitor the humidity inside your case.

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.

Warranty Info

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 [email protected]

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Customer Questions

Question by:

  • Anonymous
  • NEW YORK, NY

Asked On: 03/12/2017

How long does a Dampit last? Should it be replaced after sitting unused for a year? I'm not sure if the sponge inside still holds as much moisture. What do you recommend?

SHAR Answer:

The Dampit should be fine to use as long as the sponge is still intact and will hold moisture. You may want to test the sponge before using with your instrument. If you feel that the sponge is no longer holding moisture, I would recommend getting a replacement. Hope this helps!

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Question by:

  • NANCY ELLIOTT
  • HARVARD, IL

Asked On: 01/25/2017

Is this appropriate to use with a 1/2 sized violin, particularly the Franz Hoffmann maestro?

SHAR Answer:

Hello Nancy. Thank you for your question! This item is for 4/4 violins only and will not fit in fractional sized instruments. For 1/2 size violin, you will want the item 1461, the Humidi Guard for fractional violin or viola.

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Question by:

  • LACEY NGO
  • ROANOKE, VA

Asked On: 12/02/2016

Is this for a full size violin?

SHAR Answer:

Hi Lacey! Yes, this can be used with a full size violin.

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Question by:

  • POPULAR SHAR STAFF QUESTION
  • ANN ARBOR, MI

Asked On: 07/13/2016

What are some of my options if I want to humidify my instrument?

SHAR Answer:

Humidifying your stringed instrument when it's exposed to dry weather is a good idea--it'll protect your instrument and keep it sounding its best. You have three main options: 1) house or room humidifiers (the kind you would buy at a home supplies store); 2) an instrument humidifier (such as the Dampit); or 3) a case humidifier.

While house or room humidifiers can be very effective, they can be a more costly solution to your humidity problem and they can be a pain to clean and maintain. An instrument humidifier such as the Dampit is pretty portable and affordable, but it will dry out faster than a house or room humidifier, so you'll have to check on it and keep adding water fairly frequently for it to be effective. The case humidifier is an excellent option that provides a good amount of humidity to your instrument; you'll just want to make sure that you keep your case shut (not opened all the time) so that your instrument receives humidity from the case humidifier.

There are several case humidifier options on the market, including the Stretto® Humidifier for Violin or Viola. This Stretto Humidifier comes with a Stretto bag that effectively humidifies for up to two weeks, keeping your instrument safer from the risk of crack and helping maintain bow hair that does not dry and shrink. SHAR CEO Charles Avsharian highly recommends the Stretto system to advanced players and professionals because it's "easy to use...and is extremely valuable for safeguarding their investment and for consistent top performance." In addition, Stretto also manufactures a very effective hygrometer unit so that you're able to measure your instrument's humidity and keep a close eye on it at all times.

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