Musical instruments come in all shapes and sizes and may be made out of many different materials such as wood, ivory, leather, and metal. They can easily be damaged and are often very sensitive to changing humidity and high humidity. Caring for instruments is complex and difficult since there may be many working parts.
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- The Care of Historic Musical Instruments, co-published by CCI and MGC and distributed by CCI
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