Common Instrument Storage: Wood Instruments

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There are many reasons why people choose to storage their instruments in a self storage unit. Some people don’t use their instruments any longer, some have too many and don’t use them all, some got them as gifts and will “get to them in the future” and others may have had them passed down. This is the first part in a series of tips for the most commonly stored instruments.

Keep in mind, instruments need to be properly prepped and cared for prior to being placed in a self storage unit. Long term storage can cause damage to an instrument if it is not properly cared for. Temperature and humidity can also have adverse effects on instruments which is why we highly recommend storing instruments in a climate controlled storage unit. In saying this we continue on….

The first section focused on brass instrument storage and this second section will focus on storage of wood instruments. Proper care and storage of wood instruments is important so they do not warp, dry out or splinter. Disassemble the instrument and clean and polish each piece prior to putting it in its case. Mouth pieces and reeds should be removed as well. Be sure to relax the strings on instruments that have strings prior to storing. The strings should then be covered with a clean cloth to preserve the strings and deter dust and dirt. It is important to clean and condition the instrument with a wax paste and not with oil or alcohol as these will cause the instrument to dry out. The stringed instruments should also be placed in their case if you still have it.

These wood instrument storage tips should give you a better idea of how to store your instruments. If you are looking for a climate controlled storage unit, has you covered. Whether you need Las Vegas climate controlled storage, Anaheim climate controlled storage or anything else, you can find it at

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