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."
And Cyrus Forough, Concert Artist, Professor of Violin , Carnegie Mellon University says about the Stretto: "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."
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).
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.
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I tried a similar case mounted humidifier for my cello in my soft case. When I take the cello in and out of the case in the usual way, the scroll slides across right where the humidifier sits. This often knocked it out of place. (This would not be an issue with a hard case.) I went back to a Dampit.
I give this humidifier five stars for its functionality. It is the best I've used, and I think I can stop looking. With other brands it has always been an issue to moisturize the product every few days. The Stretto keeps the inside of my case at about 55% for as much as three weeks before I need to soak the bag again. I've had a cello crack, and this humidifier gives me some peace of mind. My qualification for the star rating is that the product is way over-priced. Yes, it does the job, but so does a toothbrush, and you don't pay $21 for one.