Taking Good Care of Your Piano
A piano regardless of its size and shape requires periodic maintenance and regular tuning to keep providing outstanding performance as time goes by. There are certain things that you, as a piano owner can do to take care of their instrument and avoid expensive damage such as keeping drinks or vases off finished wood surfaces or do occasional cleaning and polishing. Not too long ago, I published an article about 6 Easy Steps to Care for Your Piano, this should help you keep your piano in good health and reduce the costs when a piano technician is required.
Piano Location is Important for Regular Maintenance
When locating your piano, be aware of the necessary mobility for the piano tuner. It means one-half meter to the right of the instrument should be free for a technician’s movement. You should also ensure you do not have loose shelves or anything surrounding the piano that could accidentally fall into the upright or grand piano, it can cause damage to the piano, you or the technician. If you suspect that an object has slipped into your instrument, seek advice from a professional.
Get Regular Piano Maintenance
Make sure you have your piano fully serviced regularly, and piano tuning should be carried out at regular intervals, most manufacturers recommend servicing at least two to four times a year. This is especially important in the first year of the piano’s life.
Get Regular Piano Tuning
A piano which has gone a long time without tuning may require some extra work in pitch raising, which sadly does increase the costs. These additional repair costs can come as a surprise if you have neglected the piano by not tuning it more regularly. Be sure the regular tuning of your piano is performed by a qualified piano technician.
Get Periodical Voicing
Pianos periodically require voicing because the tone changes as the felt hammers wear. Therefore regular treating of the hammerheads is necessary so that the instrument will have an even, full tone. Voicing should also be carried out only by a designated expert. The service called ‘voicing’ means giving tone. It is an art mastered only by a specialist, so the choice of your technician should be considered carefully as due to an unqualified voicing process, hammerheads can permanently lose their necessary tension and must be replaced entirely leaving you with an unexpectedly high repair bill.