Musik Tent

Why do I need Musik Tent™?


Answer: There are numerous humidity solutions available, but most require leaving instruments in their cases and recharging the moisture source every few weeks. In our experience, instruments left in cases tend not to be played because "Out of Sight, Out of Mind," especially when pushed under a bed. Pouches last longer, but are expensive over time and can leak onto your instrument. We've also learned from a USA based, high-end, guitar manufacturer that cases made of wood may pull twice as much moisture from the environment as a guitar - and that cases allowed to dry out may actually rob moisture from a guitar placed inside, resulting in considerable damage to the instrument.

Room humidifiers generally require refilling daily, and may leave a musty smell and white dust on nearby surfaces over time. Home humidifiers are expensive to install and require routine maintenance. Humidity cabinets are ideal if space is available, but are generally too expensive for musicians who would rather invest in instrument rather than furniture.

Musik Tent™ is essentially a humidity cabinet everyone can afford for guitars and cases. The patented moisture delivery system simply draws water from the reservoir through a filament and releases as water vapor inside the enclosure. Musik Tent maintains a very uniform humidity, with no devices touching the instruments, refills needed only once or twice per year, while keeping instruments visible and quickly accessible. By hanging Musik Tent, floor space is freed up for important uses, like amplifiers. Instruments can be displayed most anywhere by mounting a Musik Tent from a door, wall or ceiling - or placing into a closet away from prying eyes, kids, pets and sunlight. You may not even need a case.




Why has the filament dried out?


Answer: The filament pulls water from the reservoir through threads, which act as channels, and emits water vapor into the surrounding area. Increasing the amount of exposed filament in the loop, increases the emission of water vapor - to a point. This mechanism is countered by capacity of the filament to release water vapor, and gravity that limits how high above the water source the water may travel vertically up the filament. If the looped end of the filament is lifted too high, relative to the water level, it may begin to dry out, especially in very dry environments where the filament is releasing moisture faster than its pulling water from the reservoir. Once a wetted filament dries, its channels shrink and the filament will have little or no water transfer - even when rewetted. It is necessary that a seal be achieved between the inside of the enclosure and outside environment. If excessive air is leaking into the enclosure, the Musik Tent will likely not achieve the desired humidity and its filament will tend to dry out quickly. Because each scenario is unique regarding the number of instruments, their state of dryness, the ambient temperature and humidity, etc, we recommend the following guidelines:

  • Limit the length of exposed filament loop to about 4-5", which is about 2-3" above reservoir cap. If more moisture is needed, we recommend using multiple filaments, or purchasing a second reservoir to increase humidity without increasing refill frequency.​​​
  • Keep enclosure (zipped) closed except when inserting or removing instruments, especially in very dry environments.
  • Seal all sources where ambient (outside) air can penetrate enclosure. For instance, the Jumbo enclosure is closed by a velcro connection on top, and has openings where it's designed to allow a closet rod to pass through from each side. The small gap between the openings in the enclosure and the closet rod are enough to cause humidity control and filament drying issues. We recommend sealing these gaps and the velcro connection with clear shipping tape. Please see photo. If using a frame, these openings should be completely sealed. See https://www.origineer.com/assembly-videos.html​.
  • Mold formation, which is generally visible as a discoloration on the filament loop, may impede water transmission through the filament. We recommend adding a mold inhibitor, such as 2-3 capfuls of 3% Hydrogen Peroxide into the reservoir with each fill of distilled water. This has shown to be highly effective at preventing mold growth.
  • Top off water if opening and closing the enclosure frequently. For extended away periods, it's expected the water level will not be topped off, which is generally not an issue if the enclosure remains zipped closed and undisturbed.
  • If ambient humidity is greater than the desired level, we recommend pushing the filament inside the reservoir to keep it wet for later use.​​​
Troubleshooting:
  • Confirm the exposed ends of the filament are below the water line.
  • Confirm amount of exposed loop of the filament is not more than 3" above reservoir.​
  • Confirm filament is moist to the touch. If dry, replace with new filament. While some customers may get 12 or more months per filament, some replace the filament with each refill of the reservoir. We offer 2 filaments for $20 with free shipping, which generally translates to Musik Tent costing about $2 per month including distilled water.​




Why is the Musik Tent™ humidity not reaching set point?


Answers:

  • The Musik Tent design is very simple, so there’s not much that can wrong. We suggest checking humidity with and without instruments, and if humidity is low only with instruments inside, then instruments may simply be dry and require more time inside Musik Tent. Listed here are the 3 main areas to consider:

    1. Moisture source - check if filament is moist to the touch. If not, confirm filament loop has not dried out previously, amount of loop is not over exposed, and the filament loop is not discolored.

    2. Seal - confirm there are no openings in the enclosure (i.e., separated seam, holes) for air to get inside.

    3. Reading - confirm hygrometer is measuring properly..

  • ​Dry instruments or cases may be pulling moisture from the air too rapidly (we've observed >10% reduction in the RH due to a single dry guitar). To determine instrument dryness, remove instrument(s), observe the increase in humidity over next 6-12 hours, reinsert instrument(s), and observe the decrease in humidity over next 6-12 hours. If a dry instrument is observed, position filaments on highest setting and leave instrument(s) inside when not in use. It may take one or more months of slow and steady re-hydration before the RH rises to target inside the chamber. A wetted sponge may be placed in the bottom of the enclosure to accelerate re-humidification of dry instruments.
  • Doubling the filament is effective at increasing the humidity up to an additional ~10% RH. Please note this will increase refill frequency.
  • Confirm zipper is closed completely and check for any holes in the enclosure.
  • It's recommended to seal the eyelets where the closet hooks pass through the enclosure. If not needed for free-standing framed Musik Tents, the closet hooks may be removed with pliers and the eyelets covered with clear tape. Alternatively, if closet hooks are left in place, clear tape may be applied around them to seal the gaps where they pass through the eyelets.




How does Musik Tent™ work when humidity is high?


Answer: The enclosure seems to buffer variation between the ambient humidity and inside Musik Tent, creating a cushion from humidity swings to some degree. In Southeastern Pennsylvania where our outdoor relative humidity averages around 70% in July, we may not get above 45% or so indoors due the A/C running. In other years, we may experience a very humid summer and indoor humidity reaching around 70% RH. If in-door humidity increases above the desired level inside the Musik Tent enclosure, the filament may be placed in lowest position, or pushed inside reservoir if not needed to ensure filament stays moist, and unscented desiccants may be hung inside enclosure. It may be necessary to hang more than one desiccants to reduce humidity. ​​If the desiccants are drawing out too much moisture, it may be necessary to have some of the filament exposed to reach the target relative humidity.

It may be necessary to seal the enclosure eyelets, as explained above.




Why does my 2-guitar Musik Tent seems to be arching excessively from the instrument weight and the outer clamps coming lose?


Answer: The upper support frame may not be oriented properly. The high points where the clamps make contact should be higher than the centerline of the rod. See photos.




What if the hygrometer provided with Musik Tent™ doesn't agree with another hygrometer I've been using?


Answer: The hygrometers provided for Musik Tent are inexpensive devices to keep costs low, but are relatively accurate. They also have no option for calibration, and tend to measure 5% or so above the 75% relative humidity range when salt tested ( www.cigarsinternational.com/cigar-101/salt-test/1818029/). To improve accuracy, we advise adjusting the setpoint inside Musik Tent accordingly. Example: if the desired humidity is 48% RH, setting filament so hygrometer reads 53% RH or higher. If more accurate results are needed, we recommend the use of salt tested wireless hygrometers.




​How often will I need to refill reservoir?


Answer: We've observed that refills are needed about twice a year, depending on the conditions in your area. In a study completed in Center Valley, Pennsylvania in 2019, the reservoir lasted 200 days on a single fill over an ambient range of humidity as low as 17% RH. By comparison, two sponge-type, sound hole, humidifiers lasted at peak for only two days before declining.




Does Musik Tent work for vacation and Snowbird properties?


Answer: Some folks have reported turning off the heat, or A/C, when they leave for extended periods, not considering that wood instruments prefer humidity in the 50% RH range at temperatures comfortable to people. We advise considering the in-door temperature swings your instrument will experience when setting the humidity level. If the Musik Tent enclosure humidity is holding at 50% RH, and the inside temperature were to drop rapidly, the dew point could be reached, forming droplets of water on instruments.




Is it possible to humidify a guitar on a traditional stand, or humidify cases, inside a Musik Tent?


Answer: Yes, when mounting to a wall, simply lower the closet rod height so that the bottom of the Musik Tent is even with the floor. Another option is to purchase a free-standing frame, which allows the same storage options and flexibility to place anywhere in the room, removing dependency on a closet rod.




​What closet rod should I use?


Answer: We recommend an Adjustable Closet Rod, such as Home Depot HD0021-48/72PM, or equivalent.




​How do I mount a closet rod in a closet with wire racks?


Answer: Most Musik Tent™ models will mount directly to the wire racks. For a Jumbo Musik Tent™, you may mount a rod underneath the wire rack into the studs behind the drywall for optimum strength, or connect it to the wire rack using large S-hooks (see photo). Recommend limiting instrument weight to no more than 15 lbs if using S-hooks on wire racks.​​




What humidity level should I maintain inside Musik Tent?


Answer: In our experience, wood is typically best kept in the 45% to 50% relative humidity range.
Here are some references for maintaining instruments at the proper humidity.

  • Martin recommends 45% to 55% RH ( https://www.martinguitar.com/media/9615/2018-care-feeding-guide_web.pdf).
  • Taylor prefers 47% RH (https://www.taylorguitars.com/support/maintenance/symptoms-dry-guitar)
  • Guild recommends 45% to 55% RH (https://guildguitars.com/product-care/)
  • Premier Guitars recommends 40% to 50% RH (https://www.premierguitar.com/articles/Fighting_the_Humidity_Battle)
  • Fender recommends 40% to 50% (https://www.fmicassets.com/Damroot/Original/10002/2011%20Fender%20Acoustic%20Guitar%20Manual.pdf)




Will the Musik Tent™ damage the nitrocellulose finish on my instrument if it were to come into contact with the enclosure?


Answer: While the guitar surface should have limited contact with the PEVA (polyethylene vinyl acetate) enclosure, there is no chlorine present in the material that might damage a finish. The nitro finish contains some level of nitric acid, a byproduct of the process, making nitro more likely to discolor the PEVA enclosure over time; possibly leaving a slight yellowish discoloration on the inside surfaces. ​

We do recommend using a cloth between instruments and neoprene cushions used on the stand inside framed Musik Tents. This should provide the maximum protection of the instrument finish from reacting with elements inside the neoprene over long periods of time. We generally use a polishing cloth or terry cloth material.




What about electric guitars, do different woods need to be at different humidities?


Answer: Generally, solid body electric guitars aren't too big of a concern other than the necks, which if they're oiled properly should not dry out. If not properly humidified and/or oiled, then fretboard shrinkage (a.k.a fret sprout) or splitting along the wood grain may occur. Archtop electrics with F-holes should be properly humidity controlled like acoustic guitars and violins. In general, the agreed ideal humidity level for wood is between 45% and 55% RH. Some examples are shown here.




Why would humidity be an issue if the wood has a protective finish on it?


Answer: The protective finish reduces moisture loss on the outside surface of the body, but the inside surfaces of most acoustic guitars are typically exposed to the atmosphere. Prolonged dry periods may shrink and crack the wood - generally along the wood grain. There are some example photos at http://www.origineer.com/damaged-wood-instruments.html.




Would you please inform me on how it operates?


Answer: Distilled water in reservoir is drawn through a filament and released as water vapor into the enclosure. The amount of water vapor is controlled by the amount of exposed filament, which is quickly and easily adjustable. Please see our video that helps explain the Musik Tent™. ​ Video showing how Musik Tent Works




Do you just refill the system with water or do you need to purchase a tent every time it is empty?


Answer: No need to purchase a new Musik Tent™. Simply replace the distilled water periodically. The filament may need replacing periodically if it gets excessive discoloration or stops emitting adequate moisture. Filaments are available in our Store.




Can I purchase future orders from your factory?


Answer: Yes, please visit our online Store.




How much would you charge for local pick up?


Answer: No Charge




What product do you recommend to use to prevent mold and mildew of the filament or inside reservoir?


Answer: In reservoirs that hold approximately 3 cups of water, we recommend using distilled water with 2-3 cupfuls of 3% Hydrogen Peroxide. Alternatively, a 50:50 blend of distilled water and Propylene Glycol used for cigar humidors, per fill, should prevent mold formation and extend the life of the filament.




Is there a way to improve the aesthetics of the enclosure?


​Answer: For wrinkles, a hair dryer positioned approximately 4 to 6" away from the cover works best for reducing wrinkles. Make sure to remove the instruments and hygrometer first, as overheating may cause them damage. For Jumbo Musik Tents, some customers place a thin piece of plywood (a.k.a. luan) on bottom to frame the enclosure and provide a more finished appearance.




Do I have to use the Origineer moisture source?


Answer: Any humidity device will work in Musik Tent™, but only our proprietary moisture delivery system will create a very uniform humidity inside and around entire instrument, and without making physical contact, be easily adjustable with the seasons, and require infrequent refilling.




If I eliminate the humidifiers will the tent still keep at 50%? My room barely keeps 50% humidity with two humidifiers running in winter, I have an older home.


Answer: Yes, a room humidifier is not needed, assuming the room is maintained at a temperature comfortable for people. ​




Is it possible to get 3 guitars inside a 2-guitar Musik Tent?


Answer: Some of our customers have devised clever ways to maximize the space inside Musik Tent. Peter Shenkin came up with a neoprene divider to prevent his instruments from "banging into each other" (see photos). We believe this is a viable approach assuming the recommended maximum weight isn't exceeded. We also don't advise direct contact with materials such as neoprene for extended periods, due to concern with damaging instrument finished.




Why aren't the Large Mounting S-hooks twisted as shown in photos?


Answer: The S-hooks are left in their original package to lay flat in the shipment package, and then twisted as desired by the customer. We picked these S-hooks since they are relatively inexpensive and easy to twist, while providing a large landing area for the leather hangers and strength to support the weight of full size guitars. If you're unable to twist with bare hands, we suggest closing one end in a door jamb to support it while twisting with both hands, or device such as a broom handle, works well. ​




What options exist for hanging guitars with tuning keys on one side or for anyone preferring not to use leather hangers?


Answer: There are various closet hangers available, such as the one shown in the photo. Alternatively, we recommend our freestanding Musik Tent with adjustable, built-in stand for guitars and cases.




How to best use the Gallon Tee with Filaments in my own cabinet?


​Answer: Ensure cabinet openings are sealed as well as possible and that wood surfaces are sealed and/or seasoned properly. Empty 1 to 1.5 cups of water from gallon of distilled water and add 1/2 cup of 3% hydrogen peroxide to prevent mold formation. Insert open ends of filaments into opening of the gallon jug, insert tee, and placed looped ends of filaments over tees as shown in photos. We recommend starting with 4 filaments and adding as needed to achieve the desired humidity level inside the cabinet. Spacing the filaments farther apart will also increase humidity level.




How many Ukuleles can I get in Mandolin and Ukulele Musik Tent?


​Answer: The Mandolin and Ukulele Musik Tent is designed to hold two instruments, but some customers are able to squeeze in three.





HumiForm

How do I set up my new HumiForm?


Answer: Fill reservoir with distilled water and a cap-full of 3% hydrogen peroxide for Mini's, or two cap-fulls for standard size reservoirs, using either a funnel and measuring cup, or a squeeze bottle until water level is about 1/8" below lid. Do not overfill, as this may cause leakage. Alternatively, a 50:50 mix of Propylene Glycol and Distilled Water may be used. Due to high moisture content and extended periods between refills, some form of anti-microbial solution is recommended. See videos. ​​With filament loops protruding from both sides of the tee, insert the open filament ends into the reservoir thru the rubber grommet, and then insert stanchion into the grommet with a gentle twisting motion. If humidor is already seasoned, we recommend setting loops where less than 1" of filament extends from each side of tee. If humidor is not yet seasoned, see next topic below. Place inside humidor and close lid, monitor relative humidity, and adjust filament as needed.

Less is More - Since HumiForm is capable of emitting considerable water vapor quickly, it's recommended to start with low RH and increase by slowly exposing more filament. If humidor becomes over saturated, it may be necessary to leave lid partially open until RH decreases to desired level.




How do I season my Humidor using HumiForm?


Answer: Place a filled HumiForm inside new humidor with about 4" (2" on each side of tee) of filament exposed plus a calibrated hygrometer. Monitor the relative humidity until it achieves RH target (typically 70%), and reduce filament exposure until humidity level stabilizes. In one study of a humidor initially at 49%, it took 2 days to reach desired relative humidity plus another day to stabilize. In another study, we observed humidity achieve 72% RH and stabilize in the first 3 days - while the wood moisture content continued to increase for the next few days. By day 4, the wood should be seasoned adequately to begin inserting cigars. Reduce or increase the amount of exposed filament as needed to maintain desired final relative humidity.




How do I adjust the humidity level inside a humidor?


Answer: Adjustments literally take a few seconds to increase or decrease the amount of exposed filament. Once the humidor reaches moisture equilibrium, it may be necessary to adjust the filament so that loops are barely protruding from the tee. See photos. In some cases, it may not be necessary to have any filament protrusion.




How much humidity variation should I expect to have inside my humidor using HumiForm?


Answer: Generally, the relative humidity will vary by 3% or 4% throughout the day depending on factors such as quality of the humidor and seal, dryness and quantity of cigars, how many times the lid is opened, temperature swings, etc. In our studies, we tend to open and close the lids frequently to test the humidor wood and cigar moisture levels. The graph here shows typical variation in a full 100 stick humidor with glass top and sides using a HumiForm 100 V. This amount of variation should have little to no effect on the wood or cigar moisture levels.




How often do I fill the reservoir?


​Answer: estimated refills for the standard size HumiForm reservoirs is about every 6 to 10 months, depending on factors such as quantity and dryness of the cigars being stored and quality of humidor. The Mini version holds about 1/3 as much water, so lasts about 1/3 as long as the standard size. It is important that the filament not be allowed to dry out, as this tends to severely reduce the filament's ability to emit water vapor.




Would you please inform me on how it operates?


Answer: Distilled water is drawn from the reservoir through the filament and emitted as water vapor above the cigars. The bow-tie loop tees to the left and right to provide uniform water vapor release. Increasing the amount of exposed filament increases the amount of water vapor - and resulting relative humidity.




What type of hygrometer is recommended inside my humidor?


Answer: We recommend a wireless type that allows you to monitor from your phone, especially until conditions inside the humidor stabilize.




Can I purchase future orders from your factory?


Answer: Yes, please visit our online Shop




How much would you charge for local pick up?


Answer: Local pickup is free. ​




What is the whitesh growth on the filament?


Answer: This is referred to as bloom or plume, and while not harmful, is easily removed using a paper towel. Due to the extended time between refills, it's suggested to use distilled water with a cap-full or two of 3% Hydrogen Peroxide, or to use a 50:50 blend of distilled water and Propylene Glycol. to prevent mold growth which may be harmful and permanently stain.




Is the bluesh oxidation on the copper tee normal?


Answer: Yes. The oxidation and patina develop normally over time. If you prefer to remove it periodically, we recommend using steel wool and rinsing the resulting dust with distilled water before reinserting the filament.

We recommend cleaning tee fairly quickly and returning to service while filament remains moist, it is important that the filament not be allowed to dry out, as this tends to severely reduce the filament's ability to emit water vapor.





ScentiForm

How do I increase the amount of aroma created by the filament?


roma strength is mostly regulated by the amount of exposed filament, while some aroma comes from the liquid surface. Increasing the scent strength may be accomplished in various ways: 1. Increase the amount of filament exposed above the liquid source. 2. Add more filaments to increase the amount of filament exposure. 3. For more aroma, fill a liquid source bottle and connect to a separate empty bottle using one or more filaments. Elevate the filled source (see photo) to force liquid from the upper bottle to be drawn into the lower bottle. The rate of flow is regulated by the amount of filament used, height of the upper bottle relative to the lower bottle, and the viscosity of the scented liquid in use. Adding a second filament may double the flow rate, and double the aroma output. Once the lower bottle fills, swap the position of the bottles to reserve the direction of the flow. For all of the options, make sure the feed ends of the filament remain below the liquid surface. For even more aroma, you may get creative. In the video below, we've used multiple wall hanging flower vases to transfer large amount of cinnamon essential oil. The aroma output is amazing and the transer of 16 oz of this liquid takes more than a month.




How do I prevent liquid leaking from filament loops?


The liquid will drip from the looped ends of the filaments if the loops are hanging down (see photo). To prevent, ensure the loops are aimed upward.




Why is the filament discolored?


The filament will pick up dyes in the scented liquid and may partially reduce aroma over time.