How to store musical instruments

It is an extraordinary talent to be able to play a musical instrument.  Whether you play the trumpet for a band in college, enjoy playing the drums or the maracas, or are an award-winning concert pianist, the fact is that the circumstance may arise one day where you are forced to place your musical instruments into storage.  Whatever the reason for having to do so, you will need to properly care for and prepare your musical instruments before they are placed into a storage facility.  Many items can deteriorate while in storage if they are not properly cared for beforehand, resulting in a loss of value.  In order to choose the right storage facility you need to remember that all musical instruments, from snare drums to slide trombones, are very sensitive to environmental factors such as extreme cold and hot temperatures, dust and humidity.

Heat and cold can result in brass instruments such as French horns, tubas, cymbals and slide trombones contracting and expanding, causing damage.  Wood instruments such as clarinets, pianos and acoustics can be warped and dried out by humidity, while dust can get inside amplifiers, electric keyboards, electric sound mixer boards and electric guitars.  A build-up of dust inside such sensitive items can result in damage and cause them to stop working in the way they should.  The growth of mold on leather drum skins can be prevented by using a storage facility that has climate control features, which will also be a deterrence against the infestation of insects and mice.  For all musical instruments, a storage facility with climate control is by far the best choice.

Putting musical instruments into a storage facility with climate control is the first step in preserving them while they are in storage.  Climate control helps to keep temperatures the same all year round and is also able to cut down the level of moisture in the air caused by humidity and to help eliminate dust.  All instruments also need to go through a particular process of preparation before they are placed in storage.  The process can vary depending on what classification the musical instruments fall into and what materials they have been made with.  Instruments that have been made from one single material, such as cymbals, tubas, brass trumpets, French horns and slide trombones, or wood violins, violas and cellos, are the simplest to get ready to put in storage, as they have been constructed from just one single material.  Those instruments that have been made from a number of composite materials can make this preparation a little more complicated; for instance, a musical instrument might be made from both metal and wood, which have different rates of expansion when exposed to very high levels of humidity, which makes controlled storage particularly important.

Whatever the type of instrument, it should be stored in its original case or at the very least a case that has been designed for the particular kind of instrument.  These cases should be in good condition and clean, with no powdering or fraying.