Insuring your piano Investment
Your Piano Is An Investment
How you can preserve the integrity & value of your piano:
Your piano is an investment in your future. It can bring you and your family a lifetime of music, adding immeasurable joy and beauty to your home. Because it also is such a large investment , it should be maintained with the utmost care. Regular servicing by a qualified tuner-technician will preserve your instrument and help you avoid costly repairs in the future.
Because your piano contains materials such as wood and felt, it is subject to change with climatic conditions. Extreme swings from hot to cold or dry to wet cause its materials to swell and contract, affecting tone, pitch and action response or touch. You can reduce the severity of these effects by placing your piano near a wall away from windows or doors which are opened frequently. Avoid heating and air conditioning vents, fireplaces and areas which receive direct sunlight. Your piano will perform best under consistent conditions neither too wet or dry, optimally at a temperature of 68 degrees F and 42 percent relative humidity. (See page on Climate Control Systems
Why Is Regular Service Important?
Your piano, like those in homes and on stages throughout the world, is an instrument of extraordinary promise and an investment in your future. This investment is meant to bring you and your family a lifetime of enjoyment. We have seen many young families today taking on the care and responsability of the piano that they learned to play on as a child, or was a loved ones piano that their children now play. Quality and cared for instruments are capable of truly being a family heirloom shared by generations. To ensure its performance over that lifetime, it is important to have your piano serviced regularly by a qualified professional.This type of servicing will preserve your instrument and help you avoid costly repairs in the future.
What Does Regular Service Include?
Keeping your piano in tune is the start of properly caring for your piano. Tuning is important in order to keep the tone and pitch well balanced in addition, an out of tune piano can wreak havoc on the ears of the player and listener! At minimum your piano should be tuned annually and for those who play the piano regularly this schedule increases. Lets take a look at why. Your piano contains materials such as wood and felt, it is subject to change with climatic conditions. Extreme swings from hot to cold or dry to wet cause its material to swell and contract, affecting tone, pitch and action response or touch. This type of swelling and contracting is more obvious during the spring and fall months when our weather changes. Often those who play the piano regularly have their piano tuned twice annually to reduce the affect the climate has on their instrument. Further, you can reduce the severity of these onsets by placing your piano near a wall away from windows or doors which are owned frequently. Avoid heating and air conditioning vents, fireplaces and areas which revive direct sunlight. Your piano will preform best under consistent conditions neither too wet or dry, optimally at a temperature of 68 degrees F and 42% relative humidity. Because these conditions are often difficult to achieve, especially in Alaska, a climate system may be appropriate. Speak to one of our technicians to determine if a climate system is right for you. For more information on climate systems see our page on Climate Control.
Complete piano service should also include periodic regulation and voicing in addition to tuning. Your technician can consult with you to recommend a maintenance schedule customized for your instrument.
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Overview of Services
Tuning Keeps Consistent Pitch
Regulation Maintains Mechanics
Voicing Controls Tone Quality
Climate System Regulates Humidity
The source of Information for this page is from the brochures “How often should my piano be serviced?” & “How should I take care of my piano?” produced by: The Piano Technicians Guild, Inc.