An acoustic piano looks grand and sturdy, but it’s quite fragile. The majority of its parts are made from wood – which is needed to create that rich sound we all want. However, being made from wood makes pianos also very sensitive to the climate. Dust, humidity, and temperature can damage it.
Prevent this from happening by performing the proper preventive measures. Keep your instrument looking and sounding like it was bought yesterday. How?
Look For a Suitable Place To Place Your Piano
Don’t just place your piano anywhere you feel like it.
Many consider the piano like a piece of furniture, or more accurately, a piece of art. But unlike your usual furniture, this instrument includes moving parts that need attention.
Look for the spot that has the most stable temperature. A good rule of thumb is placing it near the internal walls of your home as opposed to the outer walls which are affected by the cold and heat from the outside.
Stay away from the windows as air outside has fluctuating humidity and temperature is also an issue. Stoves and air conditioning produce the warmest and coldest environment. Keep the piano far from the kitchen or fireplace, and anything similar to it.
Wood swells and shrinks in the changing room environment. Even metal parts are affected. If you’ve placed your piano in an air-conditioned room, maintain a good temperature. This will change throughout the year as you adjust the temperature according to season. Be mindful so as to prolong the lifespan of your instrument.
Keep Your Piano Clean
To avoid a thick layer of dust accumulating between strings and keys, clean your piano regularly. Dirt accumulates easily if you don’t have a strict cleaning routine. Missing a cleaning session could harm your instrument.
Use mild soap and a damp cloth to wipe down the keys. Then go over it again using a dry cloth to remove the moisture. To clean the outer surfaces, avoid cleaners that contain strong chemicals.
To keep the dust away, put a cover over the entire piano when not in use. This, however, doesn’t stop the tidying routine. Dirt will still find a way to enter the instrument. It is just another preventive measure that you can do if you don’t open or play your piano.
When it comes to cleaning the internal parts of your piano, leave it to the professionals. Any slight damage or change can affect the sound of your piano. In addition, if you’re ot careful, you can damage the hammers or strings.
Keeping the room clean where you have your piano could also help. If everything else around is dirty, it would be a waste of time trying to keep the instrument tidy. Simply maintaining the overall cleanliness of your rooms will give the piano a longer life.
Regularly Have Your Piano Tuned
It may look new, but does it sound like one? If not, it no longer serves its purpose. A piano is a musical instrument, and so its sound is of utmost priority.
Tuning entails adjusting the 200 and so strings inside it. Unlike guitarists and violinists who can tune their own instruments, piano players are recommended to hire a professional piano tuning service. Tuning hundreds of strings isn’t easy, and it takes a particular skill so it is better to leave it to the pros.
You might be wondering how often it should be tuned. It depends on the frequency of your usage. If you use it occasionally; it has to be fine-tuned twice a year; more often for regular usage. The imbalance between temperature and humidity in the environment calls for more regular tuning.
Tuning, which focuses on the pitch, is just a slice of the pie in the overall sound quality. If tuning still doesn’t get the sound right, voicing could be the answer.
As some of a piano’s parts wear over time, the tone naturally changes. Voicing adjusts the mechanical parts to perfect the overall quality of sound and tone. It is similar to the adjustment of treble and bass in a sound system. For this, ask a professional as well to do the fine adjustments.
The piano is a complex and delicate instrument, but it could last a lifetime if you follow these tips. Remember that maintenance is the key, and hiring the right trained professionals is the answer to preventing damage to your piano.
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