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Towels over strings for shipping my piano by boat? #1456553
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They are coming to move the piano tomorrow. I have had the hammers restrained, they will be wrapping the entire piano in plastic and crated in a cushioned crate. Humidity in Madrid, where the piano is now, is about 30%. Would putting towels over the strings help keep any humidity off of them for the voyage or would it trap the humidity onto the strings if it gets in?

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Re: Towels over strings for shipping my piano by boat? [Re: EHpianist] #1456562
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No towels please. Very bad idea.


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Re: Towels over strings for shipping my piano by boat? [Re: EHpianist] #1456564
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I would say not put towels on the strings. The plastic wrap should do its job at keeping the majority of moisture out. The towels are vapour permeable and will not help in a moisture issue. You may want to run a dry rag over the strings when it arrives and polish them up a bit if your worried about exposure. I'm not sure if anyone has used dessicant in their packaging but that might be an option if it is a long voyage. Maybe someone else can comment on that. Let the piano adjust to its new climate for a couple weeks before tuning if you can. It will help keep its first tuning more stable.


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Re: Towels over strings for shipping my piano by boat? [Re: Emmery] #1456586
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Towels are the opposite of what you want. Do you have any silica gel packets around? If you do, you might put them inside to mitigate changes in humidity. You are probably going from less humid to more humid.


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0k, thanks.


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Re: Towels over strings for shipping my piano by boat? [Re: EHpianist] #1456752
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Did you consider air freight? Currently, it is not much more expensive than surface transportation. It has the added benefit that your piano will only be in transit for a couple of days as opposed to a couple of weeks. It added about $800 to my moving bill for my piano and it only took four days to be moved from Germany to Ohio.

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Silica gel packets get "saturated" rather quickly.
They can only hold so much moisture.
However you can easily "recharge" them by putting them in an oven set anywhere over 100°C for many hours.
This drives off the moisture and makes them good as new.
This can be done repeatedly.

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However, that may not be necessary in this case, since it is going from a dry climate to a humid one. The silica gel will already be fairly dry, and it will absorb some of the moisture, so that the piano will be hydrated more slowly.

Silica gel is used more for moderating humidity changes than dehydrating. It will emit moisture when going from humid to dry.


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