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Protect From Temperature Changes

Wood instruments should not be subjected to extreme changes of temperature. Don't chill quickly by taking a warm instrument into extreme cold. Don't try to warm up a cold instrument quickly by putting it on a radiator or hot air register. It is not good for a wood instrument to blow into it or on it when it is cold. Don't attempt to play a wood instrument until room temperature has gradually warmed it up until it no longer feels cold to touch.

These quick changes of temperature cause surface checks and often real cracks. These cracks may not be more than a hair line at first and may not go deeply into the wood, but in time they may develop and cause real trouble.