Dampit vs. Humitron Humidifier

Dry air can cause cracking and serious damage to your instrument during the winter season. Everybody should remember to use humidifiers, especially when the humidity falls below 50% during dry weather or central heating periods.

I have decided to put Dampit and Humitron humidifiers to the test.

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I used Dampit humidifier long time ago but I was not familiar with Humitron brand.  It looked pretty similar on the website so I was curious to see if there was any difference other than the price.

Dampit humidifier came nicely packaged.

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It is very well made. I couldn’t find exactly what is it made of, but it feels like a very nice, soft  to the touch flexible rubber tube with many little holes.  Inside the tube is a yellow water suction stem that absorb the water and then slowly releases moisture, to create the proper humidity.

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I like the large rubber disc at the top of the tube.  It prevents from falling into the inside of the violin.

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Dampit is quite flexible and smooth, so it is very easy to put it inside the instrument.

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The package of the Humitron humidifier it’s quite simple.  According to the information on the package this particular model can be use for violin and viola.

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Humitron feels like it is made of the very similar rubbery material but it is not as smooth and neatly done as Dampit. Feels rough to the touch. According to the manufacture, Humitron is made of the finest non-vinyl and non-allergenic resin.  Water suction stem inside the tube absorb water ten times of their weight and then slowly release it through the holes.

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The tube of the Humitron humidifier is thinner then the Dampit tube.  Small holes seems to be larger but very roughly cut.

It is easy to insert Humitron inside the violin since it is quite thin and flexible.

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I don’t like the rubber disc. It is smaller then the one from Dampit.  It nearly fell inside one of my violins, so I can’t imagine to use it for viola. It will sink inside the instrument for sure. I think it would be better to use Humitron on a smaller size violin like 1/2 or 3/4 since this top rubber disc in not as wide as the one on Dampit.
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As I was comparing both humidifiers I noticed that Humitron is slightly longer then Dampit.  You can also notice how thin it is.

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Both humidifiers are made in the USA. It is difficult to notice any difference in their performance.  It seems like they both do the job. Dampit is definitely nicer, very well made. Humitron feels a little cheap.

There is a small difference in price.  I personally prefer Dampit but if you are on a budget and as long as the opening of your violin f holes is not big you may want to purchase Humitron and save a little money.

 

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4 Comments

  1. kypros
    May 12, 2015 / 8:27 pm

    Good comments, but I don’t like to use either of them from fear they might drip inside the violin. I prefer to use the case humidifier instead and also try not to expose my good violin to the environmental extremes.
    If I have to play a concert under less than ideal conditions I use my (circa 1790) Viennese violin or the other modern one I have.

    • violinista
      May 13, 2015 / 5:35 pm

      Case humidifiers are great but I like to use Damp it as well. I have never had a problem with it. It is constructed very well. I purchased many of them within the past 10 years or so and never had any dripping problem. I use it on all of my rare Italian violins as well as on my modern instruments.

  2. Torbjörn Zethelius
    June 8, 2015 / 2:51 pm

    Hi violinista,
    I have to agree with kypros. I have found mold inside a fine violin from use of dampit. I don’t recommend using them on anything other than the cheapest violins.
    Best, Tor

    • violinista
      Author
      June 15, 2015 / 2:11 am

      Damp it in my opinion should be changed every 2-3 seasons, this way will never leak. Some people carry damp it for years and that may cause leaking. Also it should never be used during summer time. Some people get confused and over use it and this also may cause damage to the instrument. I personally never had a problem, but I do change it every 2-3 seasons.

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