Building a music room - opinions needed

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  1. madhermit

    madhermit New Member

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    I am away for a week but I can take a picture of the one I have now. Best one of the four I have had previously in other houses and this one.
    I know it isn’t a drum type. We had one that had about a 10x8x2 filter, but because we have hard water, it kept gumming up. The new one has been great.
     
  2. Dale

    Dale Well-Known Member

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    I keep my acoustic in a humidity controlled case. The electric stay out for the most part.

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  3. NMA

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    But it isn't just humidity that leads one to keep a guitar in its case.
    Dust.

    I went crazy a while back and bought various wall hangers; had five of my fave guitars hanging on the walls of my music room. Bass, acoustic, electrics, 12 string...all that I needed was right there at my fingertips. Yup, I soon noticed humidity was affecting some of the guitars...but it was also dust. Dust settling on the bridges, on the finish, on the tuners... I would keep a baseball cap on the headstocks and drape shirts over the bodies. Unsightly. Defeats the purpose of having a nice music room.

    Humidity, dust, and just people grabbing your guitars are reasons why guitars should be kept in cases.
     
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    Dust is good. Dust is the excuse you need to pull that guitar you seldom play off the wall and give it some TLC. And while you are dusting it you're going to tune it up and make some music with it.
     
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  5. NMA

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    As Frankenstein's monster said: "Dust baaaaad!"

    That stuff really gets into every crevice and it is tough to get out. Dust rags don't work. That air-in-a-can that you used to use to spray on your computer keyboard is really the only thing that gets the dust out from your bridge.

    Dust baaaad!
     
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    donepearce Well-Known Member

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    I have a soft paint brush for the nooks and crannies. It all works out OK.
     
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    I use a soft paintbrush too. Just make sure it has the type of bristles that don’t scratch. I forget which type they are, but the tend to be the exspensive ones!
     
  8. pancake81

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    Thanks for this advice! My new natural gas furnace and hot water on demand are now set up and I have the hvac conpany coming back next week to install a clean comfort whole home humidifier. Also had them add a vent to my music room.

    Will try to post some photos this weekend. Currently still framing, with drywall coming in 3-4 weeks
     
  9. Colnago

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    I use a puffy makeup brush that my wife didn’t like. It’s super soft.
     
  10. Col Mustard

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    sounds like you're on the right path
    with the automatic humidity control. The technology
    has changed a lot and improved in the last decade or
    two.

    AND, I absolutely love the idea of re-purposing a makeup brush
    to use on musical instruments. This is a great thread.
    Packed with info that other musicians might find useful.

    What I have is a "dulcimer brush" that I saw for sale at one of
    the festivals I played. The price seemed reasonable, and I bought
    it from the maker, which I always like to do. If you think that
    your guitar attracts dust and other whatnot into its crevices
    and hard to reach places, consider the hammered Dulcimer.

    Those puppies get hauled to the darnedest places... because they
    don't need amplification much and can play on the street and
    attract a crowd (if you do your part...) Hammered Dulcimer players
    play in barns, and bars, and backyards as well as street corners.
    So the dulcimer brush is just the berries.

    I also shave with a razor, and own two shaving brushes. I only
    use one regularly, and I think that a shaving brush could be useful
    in moving dust from one place to another, in a music room.
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    pancake81 Well-Known Member

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    I am also an old fashioned safety razor guy with a good badger brush. I have multiple brushes that I could repurpose into cleaning tools for my guitars. Great thinking Col.!


     
  12. NMA

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    Such a simple solution. Thanks.
     
  13. madhermit

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    Here are the photos of the system I have on my house. I think we installed it about 1.5 years ago. It is by far the best system I have used to keep a steady humidity level. The water Saver part to the top right is a great add-on. The second picture is the setting unit. Just a basic humidity controller switch. It is pretty much set and forget. I have a few digital hygrometers around the house and they all read the same within about a percent.

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    Thanks for all the input guys, it’s coming along and I can’t wait to post some photos. Framing, electrical, humidistat, drywall complete now.

    working my way through the house on baseboards and door trim. And then configuring my gear!
    Stay tuned, would like to keep this thread alive and do a brief write up on the evolution
     
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    pancake81 Well-Known Member

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    So still doing some finishing work as you can see. Base boards and trim still need to be done, and the. I can get to hanging some photos and getting my gear organized. Photos for those interested

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    This is been discussed on a Facebook page I follow and one of the members talks about a floating floor resting on a carpet of ... tennis balls. That should cut any noise transfer.
     

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