Gainesville Violins will be closed to appointments Saturday – Monday due to Hurricane Irma. We hope everyone remains safe in the coming days. Please, make sure to have an emergency plan ready if you need to evacuate.
We know you have many personal items you wish to protect from the storm, so we wanted to give you some suggestions on how to protect your stringed instruments. If you have your instrument insured through a personal article policy, double check to make sure you are up to date. The safest thing for the instrument is to take it with you, should you evacuate, since they do not do well in excessive moisture or heat. If that cannot be done then we suggest the following steps to reduce damage:
1. Return the instrument to its case
2. Place the case inside a thick plastic bag that has been filled with several cups of uncooked rice (this helps absorb any remaining moisture)
3. Tape the bag closed to ensure a tight seal
4. Place the bag with the case high on a secured shelf away from windows, preferably a closet.
Again please stay safe everyone!