|In order to keep proper string tension, every piano must be tuned at least twice per year, if moderately used. For heavy or professional use more frequent service is required. In concert halls and recording studios, the piano is typically tuned before each performance. The tuning schedule should coincide with the heating cycle of the room in which the piano is located. After the beginning of a heating cycle, in the fall, allow the piano to acclimate to the new humidity level for two to three weeks and then have it tuned. Likewise, after the end of a heating cycle, in the spring, wait two to three weeks after the heat has been turned off and then have it tuned.
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|The working mechanism of the modern acoustic piano is made from the same materials as those used in the manufacturing of the first pianos - over 300 years ago. The main components of the action are wood and felt. Even the most famed and modern piano manufacturing facilities fully assemble the mechanism by hand. Because of its construction, the piano action is liable to be affected not only by mechanical wear and tear, but also by the ever-changing temperature and humidity levels surrounding the piano. In order to prolong the life of the action and its optimal performance, most manufacturers recommend that the action be regulated at least once every two years. Depending on the climate and use, the schedule may be more frequent. This job should only be performed by highly-trained, qualified technicians because the quality and the life of the action depends on the precision of the regulation.
No Quick Fix Lubricants! If your piano technician is about to spray a lubricant into your piano, aside from pedal mechanisms and such, please stop them and ask what they're about to do. There is just about no reason for a piano technician to spray a lubricant into your piano's action. The mechanism is lubricated by graphite, a dry lubricant applied when the piano action is taken apart. Most types of other grease, such as WD40 will deteriorate action felt and wood and cause further sticking of keys, odor, etc. The worst effect of these sprays is that the damage on felt and wood is irreversible. Replacement of parts today is very expensive, especially on antique pianos. If your piano technician's reply includes: it will stop the keys from sticking, throw them out of your home immediately, and tell them that we said to do so! Sticking keys are a sign of a problem such as misalignment. The piano mechanism is not designed to be aided with such lubrication. If all parts are assembled and aligned correctly, the keys will not stick. The other potential cause of sticking keys is the change in humidity, which is not fixed with lubrication either.
If you would like to purchase a piano or sell your piano, then only way to know the exact value of your instrument is to have a piano technician perform a full inspection and written appraisal on the instrument - this service can be ordered by clicking the link below. Your will receive a written copy of the appraisal, as well as a full estimate for any repairs, restoration, or refinishing that are deemed necessary during inspection. As always, the prices are extremely competitive and we will honor them at any time.
Purchasing a piano privately can be an arduous task, and we can help! Since a piano is usually a once-in-a-lifetime type of purchase, most people invite along a piano tuner or technician to see whether or not the piano is worth purchasing and what the necessary repair costs are, if any. See Appraisals & Estimates above for more information.
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With our "Rent w/ Option to Buy" package, we will apply up to 6 months rental fees towards the purchase of the piano. Now you can not only try before you buy, but save on expensive financing fees as well!.
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|How a Humidity Control
System works:(as illustrated on a grand piano)
The Dampp-Chaser Grand Piano Humidity Control System installs neatly and out of sight on all grand pianos, even on the concert stage. The 5-part Piano Life Saver® System is controlled by the Dampp-Chaser Humidistat which regulates both the Humidifier and Dehumidifier as each is needed to maintain the piano manufacturer's recommended relative humidity. The maintenance-free dehumidifier installs under the soundboard, circulating warm air to eliminate excessive humidity. The humidifier combines a 1-gallon water reservoir with a silent evaporative system that releases moisture inside the piano when the environment becomes too dry. A low water warning light alerts you when it is time to refill tank. An Easy Fill Watering Kit is included.
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