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Frequently Asked Questions

The Precipitube Humidifier

Is The Precipitube Humidifier easy to use?
Absolutely. All you have to do is place the tube in an 1" of water (occasionally adding 1 TBSP bleach to the soaking water) for 10-15 minutes, dry off, and clip it back in your case, and close your case. The Precipitube® Humidifier is also wonderful for the busy musician because, in most climates, you only have to reactivate it every 7-10 days.

I currently don't have a string tube in my case, can I still use The Precipitube Humidifier?
No string tube clips in your case? No problem! Want to continue using your string tube and also add a Precipitube® Humidifier? That's not a problem either! Lashof Violins carries and installs screw-on clips in cases for an additional $5.00. (Please call or come in to order clips.)

Can my current string tube be turned into a Precipitube?
Unfortunately, no. The Precipitube® Humidifier has been specifically designed to withstand typical use, including installing and removing the humidifier from string tube clips. We have found that traditional string tubes are not as strong as the Precipitube® Humidifier and break quickly with minimal use.

I own a fractional-sized violin, but the standard Precipitube Humidifier is too long. Can I get a shorter Precipitube Humidifier?
Precipitubes® are made in-store and can be made in custom lengths by request.

Will The Precipitube Humidifier provide too much humidity??
Not at all. The Precipitube® Humidifier has been designed to provide the perfect balance of humidity based on the size of the tube and the water-holding capacity of the interior crystals.

In addition, if you experience changes in bow hair length after installing a Precipitube® Humidifier, this typically means your bow was under-humidified before installation.

I am starting to see discolored crystals in my Precipitube; what can I do?
By simply adding a small amount of bleach to the water (1 TBSP/gallon of water) every other time you soak your Precipitube®, mildew/dirt problems can be prevented and often treated.

If you feel the crystals are beyond treatment or you simply would like new ones, we carry replacement crystal packets for only $1.00 which can be purchased in-store or online.

I'm a college student and don't have access to a sink or bathtub large enough to soak my Precipitube. What should I do?
A standard sized Precipitube® can be a little tricky to soak while on the road or away at school. For our customers who are already using The Precipitube®, we recommend finding another container long enough to soak the tube. Some of our creative customers have found that wallpaper trays (which typically retail for $3-$5) and other plastic storage containers (similar to under-the-bed storage containers, etc.) work very well for reactivating their humidifier.

If you are considering purchasing The Precipitube® and travel often or have dorm room limitations, order our new travel size Precipitube®! It comes with two 10" tubes which can easily soak in a dorm or bathroom sink.