Piano Care 

Tuning: Modern pianos are designed to sound best when tuned to A440, the international pitch standard. A440 is also known as 'concert pitch' . It is important to tune a piano at least once a year. On occasion, a piano cannot be tuned to A440, such as pianos of advanced years or those in need of repair. A note on moving: If your piano is tuned regularly and you move, you should wait about 3 - 4 weeks before having it tuned. This gives the piano a chance to get used to the humidity levels in the new location. If the piano being moved has not been tuned regularly you do not need to wait, as it will likely need tuning again soon.

Regulation: Even having your piano tuned regularly by a qualified technician, you may notice that the performance of your piano deteriorates. It just doesn't feel the way it used to. Your piano requires a regulation. This is something every piano needs from time to time. Aside from being a piece of furniture and a musical instrument, the piano is a complex machine. Mechanical things need maintenance. An average piano should be regulated about every 5 to 10 years. Performance pianos require much more frequent service.

Voicing: Voicing seems to be one of the least understood aspects of piano maintenance. The relative hardness or softness of the hammers dictates the tone or quality of sound we hear. Imagine the controls on a stereo: bass and treble. Turn the bass all the way up and treble all the way down...sounds kind of muddy. Do the reverse and it sounds thin. The tone of a piano can be adjusted with similar results, except there are no knobs on a piano! Voicing is the service equivalent to icing on a cake...mmm, cake. Voicing usually takes place after the piano has been tuned and regulated. In many pianos just regulating the action can clear up voicing issues.

Finish: Modern Piano finishes are made with a variety of materials. Lacquer, polyurethanes and polyester resins. The finish is designed to protect the wood from dirt and spills, reduce the effect of humidity, and enhance the natural beauty of the wood. Modern finishes don't usually need polishes or waxes. Simply keep it clean with a damp cloth. Avoid direct sunlight and extremes of temperature and humidity.

No Plants on top of the piano!

Environment:

Extreme humidity and temperature fluctuations have a damaging effect on pianos. Avoiding sunlight, heat sources and circulating air can help a piano maintain good tuning stability. Unfortunately this is not always enough. A climate control system can be installed to reduce these damaging effects. A "Dampp-Chaser" is recommended to preserve your piano for generations.


I am listed on www.damppchaser.com as a 'most experienced' System Installer.

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