Whether it’s a violin, guitar or drum set, musical instruments can last a lifetime if well maintained. Some are even heirloom worthy or have special significance, and with a little TLC can be safely stored for future use in your Mini-Mac unit.
If you plan to insure your instrument, be sure to take photos and write a detailed description of it. When you put your instrument in your storage unit, keep it up, off of the floor using casters or wooden pallets. If you have several guitars, for example, consider buying a pegboard and securely hanging them on that (which then can be secured to the wall). If you have a large standing instrument, keep it in the middle of your storage unit, which is farthest from any drafts or doorways.
Also, musical instruments of all types do well in temperatures of about 70 degrees Fahrenheit and at humidity levels ranging between 40 and 60 percent. You may want to consider utilizing a humidifier or dehumidifier to ensure optimal temperature and moisture level conditions.
Clean your instrument gently with a soft cloth (available at music stores) to remove dust before putting it away. Do not use household cleaners on your instrument. If your instrument can be taken apart into sections, do so to prevent pressure on its joints. Other considerations include:
For string instruments
- Release the tension on the strings before storing your string instrument in your Mini-Mac unit for an extended period of time. This will prevent the strings from snapping or the neck from warping.
- Place a layer of acid-free tissue paper or clean white cotton sheet (for a large cello, for example) over the instrument before putting it in its velvet-lined storage case. You should store it in a sturdy and durable hard case.
For pianos or drums
- Wrap piano legs, pedals and the bench in heavy padding to protect them while in storage.
- Cover your piano or drum set with a large tarp or white cotton sheet to protect it from dust.
- If you have a baby grand piano, move it on its side.
Be sure to inspect your instruments from time to time. Look for discoloration of the surface, mold or cracked joints. If you notice any changes, take them to a professional for a closer look as soon as possible. The earlier an issue can be addressed, the better.
With proper care and storage, you can avoid costly repairs and enjoy a lifetime of performance from your musical instruments