I’m just wondering what other people’s experience has been of the changes in an instrument over time - days, weeks, months. It’s probably not a straight forward link but rather multifactorial but I’ve noticed that instruments that haven’t been played for a while sound dead and that it takes some weeks, months even, for them to produce their best. Whilst I would accept that playing them pushes out the cobwebs and lines them with some helpful moisture I think that there’s more to it than that and it isn’t a (more than partial) function of player skill changes either. Of course it’s daft to say that the instrument is somehow energised and develops a memory ‘cause I expect the the typical Physicist would comment rather negatively on that idea. However ideas in Physics have changed markedly over the years in that some of what was once ‘Gospel’ is now regarded as inaccurate, mistaken or incomplete. Just my experience of playing suggests to me instruments do learn from the player and do become energised in some way because, over time, I’ve found that they play better - but as above I accept that the change is likely to be multifaceted. What have others found and what do others think, please?