Instrument Storage in a City Rich with Jazz

City Street in Portland OR at Night

Spring marches its way into Portland, OR in March, and what better way to celebrate its arrival than to attend the Portland Jazz Festival in February. This musical event comes to town each year and fills the air with sounds from both international and local jazz musicians. The Portland Jazz Festival lasts from February 18 to March 1 and features 30 headline acts at multiple venues across the city. To celebrate this event, we’re offering tips on how to store your own jazz instruments or classic records at Central Self Storage.

4 Tips for Storing Music Equipment and Records

  1. Choose temperature-controlled storage units. Musical instruments, whether brass, string or percussion, require great care and maintenance. Since instruments and records are prone to humidity and heat damage, keeping them in a climate-controlled unit will offer better protection during short- and long-term storage.
  2. Keep your guitar in its case. A case protects your guitar from accidental dings and other damage if it tips over. Before you lock it up in its case, clean the entire guitar – including the strings and frets – to remove oils, sweat and grime. You should also tune your guitar to keep slight tension on the neck.
  3. Use a sheet to cover large instruments. Instruments such as pianos and drum kits take up a lot of space in storage units, so you may have to pile other items closely around them. You can also use our storage calculator to determine how much room you need. Once you have your large instruments in the unit, cover them with a large sheet or a tarp to prevent dust buildup.
  4. Store smaller instruments and records off the floor. Trombones, saxophones and trumpets should be placed in their cases and set high on a shelf. Because brass instruments dull in appearance over time, polishing them beforehand will keep them smooth and glossy when you take them out of storage. In addition, placing your records on a shelf keeps them from getting crushed by larger boxes on the floor.

Portland, OR Comes Alive This February

When music rings through the streets, get out and celebrate at the Portland Jazz Festival. Whether you’re a long-time resident or visiting here for the event, Central Self Storage wants to help keep your jazz instruments safe and secure. With a little preventative maintenance and using climate-controlled units, your instruments will stay protected during their time in storage.