Piano care and maintenance advice

A piano regardless of its size and shape requires constant maintenance and periodic servicing to keep providing outstanding performance as time goes by. Your well-trained piano technician should regularly tune, adjust and voice your instrument.

Take a good care of your piano

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 – I have discussed this subject in one of my earlier blog posts here.

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.

If an object accidentally falls into the upright or grand piano, it can cause damage or disturbing noise. If you suspect that an object has slipped into your instrument, seek advice from a professional.

Piano tuning and tools

Make sure you have your piano fully serviced on a regular basis

Piano tuning should be carried out at regular intervals, most manufacturer recommend servicing at least two to four times a year. This is especially important the first year of the piano’s life. An instrument which has gone a long time without tuning may require some extra work in pitch raising. But most importantly, be sure the regular servicing of your piano is performed by a qualified piano technician. Regular maintenance also can prevent expensive repair in the future.

Pianos periodically require voicing because the tone changes as the felt hammers wear, therefore regular treating of the hammer heads is necessary so that the instrument will have an even, full tone. Voicing should also be carried out only by designated expert. The service called ‘voicing’ means giving tone. It is an art mastered only by specialist, so the choice of your technician should be considered carefully as due to an unqualified voicing process, hammer heads can permanently lose their necessary tension and must be replaced fully leaving you with an unexpectedly high repair bill.

Should you need a professional service, please do not hesitate to contact me and find out how I can assist you.


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