Our mission here at Acoustic Remedy Cases is to provide you with a humidity control system that is easy to use and understand, require little to no work to maintain, and provide you with consistent 40-60% relative humidity no matter where you live.
Sounds like nirvana right? It surely does if you've ever battled filling of sound hole sponges, reservoirs on active systems, or desiccants that come in the form of a million small beads bound for your floor.
How do we do it? Our system consists of three main components that work in tandem to give you the best humidity control available on the market. We discuss each component in more detail below.
We achieve the sealed environment by utilizing some high quality components.
A high grade, durable rubber gasket that runs along the entire perimeter of the case and sits proud of the edge by approximately 1/4-3/8". This gasket has an adhesive backing and is mounted to a matching wood strip installed on the inside of the case.
The gasket is not worth anything if there isn't a way to compress and seal the interior. We've found some very highly durable and strong stainless steel latches which accomplish this very easily.
Lastly, the lacquer finish applied by our Amish finisher seals the pores of the wood and minimizes air exchange. Additionally, silicone sealant is applied along the door frame when the acrylic is installed and a rubber retaining strip holds the acrylic in place. These two components assist in the reducing any leakage of treated air.
All ClimaStands utilize patented Boveda Two Way Humidification System and ship with a 6 month starter kit to get you started on your way to proper humidification and exquisite display of your instrument.
The Two-Way Humidification System (formerly Humidipak) is the only maintenance free, two-way humidity control system for guitar. It automatically maintains the optimal 45-50% relative humidity (RH) level within your ClimaStand, eliminating the guesswork and potential mess related to refilling a humidifier. Unlike refillable humidifiers, this system provides true “two-way” purified humidity control by adding and removing moisture on demand. No more manual adjustments based on seasonal changes, geographic locations, temperature, or other factors.
Standard 49% RH packets have the capacity to provide 26 grams of vapor per packet to the instrument and ClimaStand, while at the same time has the capacity to absorb more than 10 grams of vapor per packet. Using just two packets in the ClimaStand provide your instrument the perfect environment preventing string buzz, warped necks, cracks, and other damage associated with lack of humidification.
Improper storage is the greatest constant danger to the condition of a wooden instrument. Until Boveda and the ClimaStand, humidified storage meant refilling awkward and unreliable sponges, snakes or discs. Those products only work 1-way, they add humidity whether it’s needed or not, while we provide a simplified way to utilized the world’s first 2-way humidity control.
Science Made Portable
The Boveda packets consist of a formulated salt, water, and gel solution contained in a leak-proof water vapor-permeable membrane. Based on scientific principles, the saturated solution will maintain a constant level of 45-50%* RH within a sealed environment such as the ClimaStand without damaging fluctuations in humidity. The membrane itself ensures purity and allows for rapid water-vapor transmission. The membrane acts much like the filtration used in water purification systems by inhibiting the passage of soluble substances, such as salt, and by allowing only pure water vapor to pass in and out of the membrane.
Guitar Maintenance Made Simple, Safe, and Effective
With our ClimaStand, using the system is simple. Place two packets inside the Planet Waves mesh pouches and place onto the custom built wooden packet holders in the ClimaStand, close the door, latch the hinges and THAT’S IT!
When playing the instrument, leave the pouches inside the ClimaStand and secure the latches. This will maintain the proper RH level inside the ClimaStand and allow you to maximize the life of the packets. Research has shown that packets have an average lifespan of 2-4 months under normal circumstances. As long as you can press the packets with your fingers and feel movement of the contents, the packets are working. Once the packets become solid, discard and replace with new packets. Please visit our Packet Replacement Program page for easy auto shipment of packets from our shop directly to your house.
Please see the D'Addario/Planet Waves and Boveda websites for additional information regarding the Boveda Two Way Humidification System. The links are provided below. We have also included some videos and a FAQ document below with some additional information on the packets.
The other two components would be rather useless if you didn't have a way to monitor the humidity levels inside the ClimaStand.We use the most accurate hygrometer on the market - Caliber IV by Western Digital. They cost a whole lot more, but they are the best of any we tested. Each case comes with (1) Caliber IV that is preinstalled with a magnet on the inside of the case and another on the back of the hygrometer. It's a great little device that also tracks temperature. Both can be logged internally in the device for some history of the levels inside your case. We are also offering up a new product from D'Addario called the Humiditrak. This device connects remotely to your phone via Bluetooth and through an app allows you to track the RH levels inside your case(s).