Hello Bachido community!
I am a beginner from Montreal Canada here playing with the Beginner Shamisen for about 2 months.
I was hoping to share with you my current set-up for storage, case and humidity control and see if any of you have some tips or recommendations (and also to make sure I am not doing something terribly wrong ).
-For a case, I actually purchased a secondhand firearme case and cut out the foam to fit my shamisen exactly. It is actually super robust, watertight and has wheels for easy carry! Seems funny to use a weapons case of an instrument, but it was actually cheaper for me to buy this used locally than to get a case specifically for the shamisen.
-I also got a Manyo sheet which I leave on between my playing sessions.
-Finally I have two silica canisters, which I can put in the case if needed for extra huminity control.
Based on the above information, I would essentially have two questions:
1-Would you recommend that I store my shamisen in the case all the time when I am at home? I have been doing that since I got it, but was wondering if it is good have it in an air-tight case all the time. Should I simply keep the Manyo sheet and have it out on a stand in a cloth Fukuro? The wheather in Montreal varies greatly over the year (going from 30°C in summer to -30°C in winter), however my home is air conditionned and heated therefore I am not to worried about large changes in temperature or humidity inside my home (except if there is a power outtage which does not happen that often).
2-About once a month in the summer, I will be bringing the shamisen out in the woods for a 3 day event, essentially staying two days and two nights camping. I would be staying in a cabin that is not air conditionned during this time and we would be in the woods near a small lake so heat and humidity will surelly be present. I was therefore planning to bring the shamisen in my case with the Manyo AND the 2 silica canisters inside the case, I would be leaving the shamisen in the case anytime I am not playing it and plan to play only indoors or on a covered balcony (ie. not in direct sun light). Do these steps seem like resonnable precautions? Any other tips you could give me would be much appreciated.
Thank you in advance for any tips for a shamisen newby here!
Here are a few pictures of my case.