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General Questions

How does Music Sorb work?

 

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.

 

How do I know if my hygrometer is accurate? TEST IT!

 

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.

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.

 

Is Music Sorb safe?

 

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.

 

What is the ideal RH for my musical instrument?

 

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.

 

How often should I replace Music Sorb humidity control?

 

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.

 

Can Music Sorb be harmful to my musical instrument or to the environment?

 

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.

 

You talk about pianos everywhere, but what about humidity control for guitar, violin or cello?

 

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.)

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….”

Steam up Music Sorb

Steam up Music Sorb

For more details read Why Music Sorb is Different

 

How do you ship Music Sorb?

 

Basically, we ship Music Sorb via US Post Office Priority Mail Flat Rate boxes as they are the least expensive while still giving us a possibility to track the order to your door. If you want them faster, you can choose UPS on the drop down menu in the shopping cart.

If you are an international customer, we also offer US Post Office International Flat Rate boxes.  Ask us if you have any problem.

 

Why are there not more questions in FAQ?

 

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.

 

What is Music Sorb made of?

 

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 indian kamagra. 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.

 

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