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Something interesting Ive noticed. The more expensive the fiddle, the more the humidity seems to effect it.

I had a $50 china I first started with, I sold it to a friend whos learning. Although the tone is what you'd expect from a $50 fiddle the weather /humidity changes dont seem to effect it.

The next fiddle I purchased is a cremona 150, a small step up from the $50 fiddle. the Cremona is now my wifes fiddle. In low humidity it will slip out slightly, but most times the fine tuners is all it needs to bring it in to tune..

Now my fiddle ,$900 is a German made (Otto Klier). Is greatly effected by humidity swings.

This is my theory and I'd like to here everyones experience/opinions on this. The pegs on my German fiddle turn and tune quite nice, where the cheaper fiddles the pegs are a little tougher to tune. So I think the higher quality craftsmanship (ie. ease of tuning,etc)
results in these fiddles being more sensitive to changes.

I wonder if the better quality of tone woods also makes them more sensitive ?
Has anyone else noticed this same thing ?

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The nicer fiddle probably has the pegs fitted better and hence is more susceptible to humidity changes. In this kind of weather, you absolutely need to have a humidifier in the case with the instrument(Dampit or the like) and keep the fiddle in the case and closed any time you're not playing it. Slipping pegs are just one problem with low humidity. It can also cause cracking and other worse problems. Oh, and it doesn't usually help the tone either.

KK
Thanks for your response Karl. The better fitted pegs was what I thought too. I do use a dampit, but Im guilty of forgetting to put it in from time to time.
Maybe time to get a humidifier for my room.
I have a German-made Stainer valued at around $400 and after moving from Oregon (mild) to Tennessee (temp. extremes and high humidity), it blew apart from the humidity even tho it was stored in a closet. Haven't noticed the tuning issues yet--I just got it repaired!
I never knew slipping pegs was a sign of low humidity....how do you know when it's enough,or too much? I have a Skylark and an Aria fiddle. I've been playing since this past Jan.,so I'm very much a novice.

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