Tune up and tune in

Tune up and tune in

Musical instruments are often expensive, take up a large chunk of your living space and hence you might want to store them away safely. Sometimes your gigs are few and far between, and the people in your house have made alternative uses to it. Therefore, as a solution, pack and store it safely in a large secured warehouse.

Before you do that, here are simple steps you must follow to keep your instruments in the best condition:

  1. Know your instruments.

An extremely important aspect of storage is the know-how of your musical instruments. Most of them are made of various kinds of wood i.e. pianos, cellos, guitars etc. Also there are metal based instruments like the horn, electrical keyboards, all of which require the right safety measures. Wood and metal have varying shelf live and can be affected with humidity and heat. Therefore, protection is a must.

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  1. Clean your instruments.

So you’re now educated about your instrument; the next step is to gently clean your sound machines. This goes without even saying whenever you keep anything in storage. If you just dump it in, dust will accumulate quickly and spoil the metal cords and so on. It is best to use a clean dry cloth to wipe the surface clean.

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  1. Climate-control storage of instruments.

A thumb rule when storing your instruments in a storage facility is the climate. Any micro fissures will soon become giant cracks. Even metal instruments suffer since the different metal components expand and contract at different rates, putting strain on all the joints. Many a times dust gets accumulated in the nooks of your instrument thereby leading to corrosion and wastefulness.

  1. Dissemble your instruments.

It will make packing and storing a lot easier. So, your mouthpieces, need to be detached, unscrewed and kept aside. You drums and guitars should be loosened to prevent strings being snapped and your skins being warped.

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  1. Case your instruments.

Store your instrument in a proper case. The case should be designed for the instrument. Drums should be stored in individual cases. Any nuts, bolts and stands should be stored separately in boxes. If you are dealing with a piano, place a tarp and a cloth over it. A tarp will ensure dust and debris doesn’t get into the delicate inner workings of the instrument.

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  1. Elevate your instruments.

The best practice to store your instruments are at a height. Sometimes due to a natural calamity like storms, water might seep in or condense on the surface of the case causing damage to the instrument. Use a platform or pallet; they can help insulate the instruments in winter times from the cold concrete floor.

If you need to store musical instruments, but are unsure of where to do so, call the professionals at BoxMySpace and let them help you find a storage solution for your unique needs.

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