I live in Northern VA, and the sudden wave of cold weather (it is 14 degrees!) has caused me to crank up the heating in my town-home.
Suddenly, my Du Pont MD 50 is fretting up really badly, not to mention my early-music instruments (virginal and fortepiano) that have become utterly unplayable in a matter of a couple days.
Here's my questions:
1 - I've been given different opinions about the effects of humidty and dryness. Is it that one is bad and the other good on instruments (if so, which is which?) or is it that the sudden transition from one to the other is disruptive to the stability of wood?
2 - Should I just lay off my Du Pont until spring or adjust the truss-rod accordingly until the climate changes again?
3 - Is this normal or would it be best for me to have some additional form of humidity (or climate) control, and if so, which do you recommend?
Please help, I am really heartbroken about this (and right at the time when Improvisation #2 was starting to sound swell!)....
Thanks in advance,