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    Default Humidifier for oval hole mandolin

    I have two mandolins, one oval hole and one f hole. For the f hole I figure I’ll use a Dampit clone. What should I use for my oval hole mandolin?
    Eastman MD-514 (F body, Sitka & maple, oval hole)
    Kentucky KM-250 (A body, spruce & maple, f holes)

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    Default Re: Humidifier for oval hole mandolin

    You also can use a Dampit for and oval hole. Just slip the tube part between two courses of strings and let the black head keep it from falling into the body cavity. I do this with an old Lyon & Healy bowlback I've had since 1972.

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    Default Re: Humidifier for oval hole mandolin

    I use the 49% D’Addario Humidipak or the less expensive Boveda equivalent. One in the case under the headstock and one under the strings over the sound hole. Thermostat in the case shows 46-47% in winter here in Los Angeles now.

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    Default Re: Humidifier for oval hole mandolin

    I always promote humidifying the environment one's instruments shares with their owner, but short of that, a piece of sponge in a small, pierced baggie, shoved in the soundhole, inside a closed case does as well as anything. Be sure to wring the sponge thoroughly, after saturating
    too many strings

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    Default Re: Humidifier for oval hole mandolin

    Quote Originally Posted by musicofanatic View Post
    I always promote humidifying the environment one's instruments shares with their owner, ...
    Totally agree. Far better to humidify your room or whole house for many reasons.
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