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(or since I live in a very dry climate, where will Music Sorb find humidity to desorb?)

Music Sorb Pouches and cassettes are delivered for practical shipping purposes holding 30% humidity. Music Sorb for Pianos is formulated perfectly to maintain humidity in a closed area between 40% and 60%. So once you open the package, it immediately begins to adsorb humidity from the air to try to reach 50% humidity. So if you live in such a dry area that the humidity indoors where you open the package is below 50%, then you may need to precondition the units. See also how to measure correctly the RH and our advice about  hygrometer-accuracy-test.

Two things you need to know to preserve the perfect humidity range:

  1. Music Sorb adsorbs and desorbs (You may want to read about the science behind Music Sorb.) in such a way as to maintain a humidity range of 40 to 60%, but it does not contain much moisture upon delivery…approximately 30% humidity right out of the package.  Thus if your piano humidity or instrument case is below that level, there is no way Music Sorb can find humidity in the air to adsorb enough moisture and then emit or desorb humidity since it is essentially empty.  Simply it does not have enough moisture to desorbIf you had opened the plastic wrapping in high humidity, Music Sorb would have “filled its tank” by taking in enough humidity out of the air to desorb to the correct humidity levels.
  2. And so, you need to activate Music Sorb. Alternatives to the video above are mentioned below. We recommend following the video instruction.

Activation or Pre-conditioning Alternatives:

  Instead of placing the Music Sorb units directly into the instrument case or piano while the humidity is near low (or below 40% RH), we suggest that you place the Music Sorb set on a cabinet or shelf in the bathroom just before you shower to let the Music Sorb adsorb humidity from the shower steam which Music Sorb will release (or desorb) when you have placed it into the instrument case or piano.  In other words, you are loading up Music Sorb so that it may release moisture. How long you need to let Music Sorb adsorb depends of the atmosphere in the shower room, but you can feel when Music Sorb has adsorbed considerable moisture because the Music Sorb becomes heavier from the water it contains.Steam-Now-Produced-from-Almost-Freezing-Water-2  But it will not feel wet! Music Sorb never feels wet, nor should it since wetness could harm your piano or wood instrument. Obviously, you don’t have to shower.  You can put a teapot on the stove and let it steam over the set of Music Sorb.  Quicker and easier?  Just don’t overdo it. (See below)

 

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Important Warning: Blink! Blink! Blink!

 

No water Do not put Music Sorb under running water or in water as it will destruct.  Just let it precondition itself while you have some extra dampness in the air so that it can balance out the humidity in your piano or instrument case. It is important that you do not put Music Sorb on a wet spot in the kitchen if you use the teapot.  If you see water collecting on the counter from the steaming pot, it is too much. You could also wrap a damp bath towel around Music Sorb as long as you wring out the towel well before wrapping the Music Sorb.  In other words, humidity is fine; water is not. If you have a sauna, pour water on the hot rocks.  Or if you have, not a Turk bath, but a sort of Turkish bath (humor), well…you see the steamy possibilities.

Finally:

Piano humidity range Once you place the heavier Music Sorb back in your instrument case or piano, everything is automatic.  If this is a grand piano, of course keep the top closed when you are not using it in order to maintain the humidity level.  Likewise keep your instrument case closed whenever possible…both when the instrument is in the case and when it is not. PS: If the humidity showing on your hygrometer never gets above 40% RH, you may want to shower again someday, even if you personally don’t really need to. OR probably you should see the hygrometer accuracy test.  

Music Sorb is an inert and solid silica bead product. It does NOT contain excess water or liquid gels that can damage your instruments, even in the unlikely event of the packaging getting damaged. Music Sorb is nonreactive and gentle to the wood in your piano and/or stringed instruments. Unlike many of our competitors, Music Sorb is environmentally safe and does not contain any corrosive or toxic chemicals. Music Sorb, however, should still not be eaten and should be kept away from small children and small or large pets.   Note: We know a cat that eats baked potatoes and prefers them to meat, but we have never found any children or pets (large or small) that have even tried to eat Music Sorb.

Hygrometer Test

Hygrometers are notoriously bad at measuring humidity.  So tests have been created which anyone can do at home.  Once you have done the test, you can know how off your hygrometer is in total relative humidity percentage.  This will allow you to see how well Music Sorb is working for you my explanation.

How to Test a Hygrometer

The Steps

step 1 hygrometer test

 1. Gather supplies. To test your hygrometer using salt, you just need a few household supplies.

A small food storage bag that zips  

A tiny cup or bottle cap from a 20-ounce soda  

Some table salt  

Water

step 22. Fill the cap with salt and add enough water to make a thick slurry. 

Don’t add so much water that the salt dissolves; you just want it to be wet.

If you add too much, use paper towels to mop up the excess.

step 3 hygrometer test

3. Put the cap and the hygrometer inside the baggie.

Zip it up and place it somewhere out of the way, so it won’t be disturbed during the test.

step 4 hygrometer test

4.  Wait 6 hours. During this time the hygrometer will measure the humidity inside the bag.

step 5 hygrometer test

5. Read the hygrometer. If it’s accurate, it should show a humidity of exactly 75 percent.

step 6 hygrometer test

6. Adjust the hygrometer if necessary. If your hygrometer shows a humidity lower or higher than 75 percent, you’ll need to calibrate it so that it’s accurate when you use it to check the humidity of your piano or instrument case.

  • If you have an analog hygrometer, turn the knob to adjust it to 75 percent.
  • If you have a digital hygrometer, use the buttons to adjust it to 75 percent.
  • If you can’t adjust your hygrometer, take note of how many percentage points higher or lower than 75 percent it is. Next time you use your hygrometer, add or subtract a few percentage points for an accurate reading.

Some hygrometers are known to have fluctuations in accuracy over time. It is best to test a hygrometer every 6 months to maintain accurate readings.

Basically, we ship Music Sorb in all USA for free, using the best available currier. We will send you the tracking code to follow your delivery as soon as we have it available.

If you have delivery time issues, please let us know before placing the order on our website, and we will try to accomodate your needs at the best of our possibility.

If you are an international customer, please contact us so that we can offer the best international rates.

Music Sorb humidity control system is not a desiccant that absorbs moisture. Music Sorb is constructed to adsorb and desorb moisture at specific levels to maintain the right humidity range (RH 40% – 60%) for wooden instruments. Music Sorb looks like a simple desiccant products that absorb moisture, but it is not. Unlike a typical desiccant, Music Sorb technology allows the release of contained moisture, once the relative humidity (RH) drops below the 40% range. On the other end if RH raise Music Sorb does not allow the moisture to be more then 60%.  More, the buffering action performed by our products is constantly protecting the wooden structure of your musical instruments from stress due to sudden relative humidity changes. An appropriate amount of Music Sorb in your musical instrument case or piano can thus help provide the correct humidity amount to keep your instrument in tune and protected. See our tests results on Music Sorb Application. The capacity to adsorb and desorb is best explained in The Science Behind Music Sorb.

You should normally replace Music Sorb once a year to retain the effectiveness of the product. The product will never feel wet (although it does get heavier when it adsorbs humidity). In extreme climates with extended dry or humid seasons, Music Sorb may need to be replaced more often and should be checked for effectiveness with a high quality hygrometer.

Music Sorb safe packsMusic Sorb is so safe that, when it is time to replace it, you can literally empty the old pouches into the garden without worry. So why keep it away from children and pets? Because the feature of Music Sorb is its incredible speed and capacity to draw moisture out of the air. If you touched it with your tongue, you would not be harmed, but you would feel an immediate and uncomfortable dryness on your tongue. Imagine then if it were swallowed by a child or pet. Not a good thought. If you have any additional questions, please contact us.

Music Sorb made of Silica gel Music Sorb is literally reconstructed sand (silica) so that it can adsorb and desorb within the correct specific humidity range for wood instruments. Music Sorb is all natural. Other versions of Music Sorb, under a different brand name, have other specific humidity ranges and . For example, Art Sorb has an exact humidity range of 70% made for valuable art work such as the Mona Lisa in the Louvre. If you have any additional questions, please contact us.

40-60% is the ideal RH (relative humidity). It is a reasonable range to preserve the integrity of your wooden musical instruments. Find out more about The Science behind Music Sorb.

Music Sorb is so elegantly simple that few questions arise. But we encourage you to ask us about Music Sorb and its effectiveness on your instrument in your specific situation.

Music Sorb has units specifically for stringed instruments.  The advantages are several compared to anything else you can find on the market to protect the wood in your instrument from drying out or getting too damp.  The two most important reasons are:

  1. Simplicity: Place a few small units into your instrument case and forget about them.  Music Sorb will take care of your instrument.
  2. Economical: Keep your instrument case closed as much as reasonably possible and Music Sorb will last at least a year.  (We will remind you when a year has passed.)

Steam up Music Sorb

Steam up Music Sorb

The questions about preconditioning are essentially the same as with the piano, i.e. go take a shower.  Take a read of the FAQ concerning “Music Sorb is not increasing the humidity in my piano….”

For more details read Why Music Sorb is Different

Pianos Questions and How to Use Music Sorb to Control RH (1)

 

(or since I live in a very dry climate, where will Music Sorb find humidity to desorb?)

Music Sorb Pouches and cassettes are delivered for practical shipping purposes holding 30% humidity. Music Sorb for Pianos is formulated perfectly to maintain humidity in a closed area between 40% and 60%. So once you open the package, it immediately begins to adsorb humidity from the air to try to reach 50% humidity. So if you live in such a dry area that the humidity indoors where you open the package is below 50%, then you may need to precondition the units. See also how to measure correctly the RH and our advice about  hygrometer-accuracy-test.

Two things you need to know to preserve the perfect humidity range:

  1. Music Sorb adsorbs and desorbs (You may want to read about the science behind Music Sorb.) in such a way as to maintain a humidity range of 40 to 60%, but it does not contain much moisture upon delivery…approximately 30% humidity right out of the package.  Thus if your piano humidity or instrument case is below that level, there is no way Music Sorb can find humidity in the air to adsorb enough moisture and then emit or desorb humidity since it is essentially empty.  Simply it does not have enough moisture to desorbIf you had opened the plastic wrapping in high humidity, Music Sorb would have “filled its tank” by taking in enough humidity out of the air to desorb to the correct humidity levels.
  2. And so, you need to activate Music Sorb. Alternatives to the video above are mentioned below. We recommend following the video instruction.

Activation or Pre-conditioning Alternatives:

  Instead of placing the Music Sorb units directly into the instrument case or piano while the humidity is near low (or below 40% RH), we suggest that you place the Music Sorb set on a cabinet or shelf in the bathroom just before you shower to let the Music Sorb adsorb humidity from the shower steam which Music Sorb will release (or desorb) when you have placed it into the instrument case or piano.  In other words, you are loading up Music Sorb so that it may release moisture. How long you need to let Music Sorb adsorb depends of the atmosphere in the shower room, but you can feel when Music Sorb has adsorbed considerable moisture because the Music Sorb becomes heavier from the water it contains.Steam-Now-Produced-from-Almost-Freezing-Water-2  But it will not feel wet! Music Sorb never feels wet, nor should it since wetness could harm your piano or wood instrument. Obviously, you don’t have to shower.  You can put a teapot on the stove and let it steam over the set of Music Sorb.  Quicker and easier?  Just don’t overdo it. (See below)

 

police-car2

 

 

 

Important Warning: Blink! Blink! Blink!

 

No water Do not put Music Sorb under running water or in water as it will destruct.  Just let it precondition itself while you have some extra dampness in the air so that it can balance out the humidity in your piano or instrument case. It is important that you do not put Music Sorb on a wet spot in the kitchen if you use the teapot.  If you see water collecting on the counter from the steaming pot, it is too much. You could also wrap a damp bath towel around Music Sorb as long as you wring out the towel well before wrapping the Music Sorb.  In other words, humidity is fine; water is not. If you have a sauna, pour water on the hot rocks.  Or if you have, not a Turk bath, but a sort of Turkish bath (humor), well…you see the steamy possibilities.

Finally:

Piano humidity range Once you place the heavier Music Sorb back in your instrument case or piano, everything is automatic.  If this is a grand piano, of course keep the top closed when you are not using it in order to maintain the humidity level.  Likewise keep your instrument case closed whenever possible…both when the instrument is in the case and when it is not. PS: If the humidity showing on your hygrometer never gets above 40% RH, you may want to shower again someday, even if you personally don’t really need to. OR probably you should see the hygrometer accuracy test.  

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