Common Instrument Storage: Percussion

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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 third 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….

Our first section focused on brass instruments, our second on wood instruments, the third on pianos and today we are on to percussion. Care of percussion instruments is relatively easy compared to other instruments because they do not have to be taken apart prior to storage. Percussion instruments, such as drums or maracas, do not come in contact with your mouth either so they don’t need much special attention. Anything leather, such as drum skins, should be oiled to prevent drying out or cracking. Any percussion instrument should be cleaned of dust and dirt prior to storage and then stored flat to reduce tension and minimize damage. Lubricate any moveable parts which may stick. There are many different types of percussion instruments, most which can be stored easily by taking these few precautions. If you have any further questions in regards to storing specific percussion instruments, you should refer to the owner’s manual of each piece. is your source for Chicago climate controlled storage, San Francisco climate controlled storage and anything in between.

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