There’s almost nothing more profoundly valuable to a musician than the instruments with which they play. Sure, you may be able to purchase a guitar for $50 from your local instrument store, but all matters related to musical production can get very expensive, very quickly. Even simple items such as gain boosters for clean dynamic mic quality can be upwards of hundreds of dollars to purchase. This is not to mention violins costing tens of thousands of dollars thanks to the individual density of the wood and unique craftsmanship per piece that lend each item its unique audible resonance.
However, no matter how much knowledge and financial backing you invest into your hobby or career as a musician, one thing is for certain – you need your equipment to be safe and cared for. This in itself can take a load off your mind. It’s why tour roadies are often trusted deeply as they drive the equipment from one environment to another. It’s also why self-storage in Chiswick options are growing in popularity, as families, professionals and even commercial enterprises can see the value in utilizing ubiquitous and secure space in order to keep good care of their musical property.
But how should you safely store musical instruments and equipment? We have some advice to that end:
Keep Them Dust & Humidity Protected
Keep said instruments dust-protected. Dust can, unfortunately, hamper electronic connections and can even harm the integrity of certain wooden crafts depending on the item. However, these potential flaws are much more possible if exposed to moisture. This is where protective coatings, zipped up bags, and a continuously dry environment is important to curate. As such, the previous example of a self storage unit could be much preferable to a garage or other home space, as even studios can be hard to ensure a reliable daily atmosphere in.
Store Them Carefully
Store your items carefully. For example, cables need to be stored carefully and not tightly pushed into a spiral or circle. Additionally, stacking many electronic items on top of one another can be a recipe for disaster when trying to move the items, not to mention a storage fire hazard. Try not to stack too many items in one room, and ensure everything is indexed correctly. When it comes to maneuvering the items from that point on, you will have a more secure understanding of your storage needs.
Protecting casings can be important to invest in, because they will prevent damage of your items due to mishandling. For example, hard-shelled guitar or violin cases can be preferable to the usual canvas or nylon cases offered cheaply. They may also be lined with softer materials, and they may hold room for certain accessories. Like anything, you get what you pay for, and so for the long term storage of such items it’s worth investing in the best. Additionally, we would recommend insuring your items to the correct degree, as while the sentimental value of instruments can be hard to measure, financial losses can be hard to write off.