Caring for your Piano
Pianos are like other stringed instruments in that temperature and humidity effect the tuning, its important that the piano is tuned at least once a year and preferably twice in the Spring and the Fall this helps to keep the pitch correct. (its not unusual for pianos to vary a quarter tone to half tone below or above concert pitch) Do not
place the instrument near heat registers and wood burning fireplaces if possible.
There is not much an individual can do to maintain an instrument
other than getting it
tuned on a regular basis. At this time your tuner can advise you as
to whether the instrument needs additional work or adjustment.
If one is contemplating buying a used piano make sure you do some
research and get it checked out by your tuner before purchasing. 'How to buy a
used piano' by Larry Fine is a place to start.
Pianos like anything else mechanical can eventually pretty much
fall apart,either from dampness, high humidity lack of maintenance and general abuse.
Soundboards and bridges crack, tuning pins get loose, action wears out. These things can be
costly to repair and in most cases not worth it.. A quality acoustic piano well
maintained will last many years.
Digital pianos have improved greatly over the years, their pros are they are easily portable
take up less room, you can use them with headphones and use them with a computer.
bear in mind that the action and sound is not quite the same as an
acoustic piano.If you are contemplating purchasing a digital piano, get some advice
there is a lot out there.
Make sure it has a 'touch weight' similar to an acoustic piano. Most
teachers recommend beginners start on an acoustic piano.
Most piano tuners including myself are quite happy to give free advice and help as regards maintenance of your existing
piano and also help in regard to purchasing a piano new or used.
The above tips were provided by Chris Keller who is a highly recommend piano tuner.
If you have a piano that needs tuning please feel free to contact Richard.