I seem to be having more difficulty keeping my psaltery and dulcimers in tune now that winter is here and the woodstove fired up. We keep a big pan of water on top and need to refill it daily but I find I need to retune almost every day....the dulci's are sharp & the psaltery goes flat. Anyone else have this experience?
keep some form of humidity in the room, I use a wet/ damp bathtowel suspended twine in the sleeper cab.
Cini, what the luthier was talking about is the acclimation of instruments that was mentioned earlier. If you have dramatic swings, there's no way to achieve acclimation.
AS a truck driver I get to experience all sorts of weather can be a 70-80 degree swing in one day, and it does stress out the wood alot, and I tune and retune weekly. in the 'Wet' the wood swells and goes sharp.. in the dry wood shrinks and goes flat.