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Piano Heaters & Relative Humidity
By John A. Tuttle

Hi All,  Richard Vance's posting is indeed enlightening, and I truly
thank him for backing up his statements with measurable facts.

However, I did state that the piano is in a "shore house".  To those
of us who live here, that means the house is less than two blocks from
the Atlantic Ocean.  On top of that, it's a leaky old home, so I don't
think an absence of moisture will be a problem.  Further, the
temperature I'm recommending is 55-60 degrees F., not 68 F.  (Actually,
I think 50 degrees F. would be adequate.)

Mind you, I fully comprehend what Richard has said.  And as one who
has forced hot-air heat in my home, I am fully aware of how low the
humidity can get if humidifiers are not employed during the Winter.
It can easily get down to 10% relative humidity, and virtually
everything metal you touch will give you a static shock.  (It must
be my long strawberry-blonde hair!  ;-)

Like I said at the outset, the idea of using an electric blanket came
from the customer, not from me.  On the outside (no pun intended), it
seems like a better idea than using one or more heater bars to maintain
a reasonable temperature inside the piano.  However, after reading
Richard's posting, I'm now wondering if "a lot of nothing" is better
than "a little something".

Again, thank you Richard for your information.  It will be taken into
serious consideration.


John A. Tuttle

(Message sent Thu 6 Sep 2001, 19:26:32 GMT, from time zone GMT-0400.)

Key Words in Subject:  Heaters, Humidity, Piano, Relative

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