How To Avoid Buying A Lemon

Posted in Getting Started Guides on December 31st, 2011

With the challenges of the economy, there are so many pianos for sale.  Many are selling for very cheap prices, so now is the time to buy.  Even dealers are willing to discount pianos to the absolute minimum, often just to keep the competition from making the sale.  But, how are you to know if… Read This »

Choosing Which Piano To Buy

Posted in Getting Started Guides on September 28th, 2011

This is a decision you’re going to want to put some thought into.  You’ll probably have the piano for a long time, so choose carefully.  Even if it’s not played, it will be hard to give up! Appearance:  You’ll want to get some idea what kind of piano you want.  There are so many styles… Read This »

How To Clean Piano Keys

Posted in Tips For The New Piano Owner on September 14th, 2011

 This is a question I get often.  Usually, a mild detergent applied to a cloth will suffice to get most dirt off the keys.  Be sure not to wet or spray directly on the keys.  If there is sticky reside that won't come off, use naptha (paint thinner) to remove it.  Ivory or Plastic? Keys… Read This »

Touchup and Scratch Removal

Posted in Ongoing Maintenance on September 5th, 2011

If you have scratches, dings, or other finish problems on your piano, you’ll need someone to repair the finish or do a complete stripdown and refinish job.  There is a vast difference. Touchup is a method of hiding finish defects by repairing the existing finish.  Often, a few dings and scratches can be repaired for… Read This »

Rebuilding Your Piano vs. Buying A New One

Posted in Getting Started Guides, Tips For The New Piano Owner on August 31st, 2011

Overview:  Deciding which way to go is a choice that takes some thought.  In the current market, there are a lot of pianos for sale.  Craigslist is clogged with pianos for sale, local stores are stocked full of them, and piano owners find the squeeze of economic necessity pushes them to sell the piano to… Read This »

Voicing Your Piano

Posted in Tips For The New Piano Owner on April 27th, 2011

Intro:   Voicing the piano is the procedure piano technicians use to alter the "voice" of the piano.  Just as different people have different voices, pianos also have their own particular sound.  A piano may have a bright sound or a mellow sound, depending upon the design. Correcting Tone:  If your piano sounds too bright and… Read This »