Posts Tagged ‘new piano’

Tuning And Stability

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

Accutone Piano Service Professional Piano ServicesPeriodic Service: Simply having your piano serviced regularly by a qualified technician can address most problems before they become serious and expensive.  Regular tuning will insure your piano will stay in tune longer between tunings. 

Tuning Intervals: A piano that isn’t tuned at least once a year will be more likely to fall out of tune, and require a “pitch raise” before a final tuning can be done, thus raising the price of the service call. 

Stability Problems: If your instrument won’t hold a tuning, due to circumstances of placement, changes in the weather, proximity to ocean breezes, and accidents such as leaky pipes, a climate control system may be needed to stabilize the tuning. 

Dehumidifiers: A “DamppChaser” system can be installed for a nominal cost (roughly the price of a tuning).  This system is designed to be installed in a piano, and works by adding a source of heat inside the piano if the humidity exceeds 42%.  This heater bar, about the diameter of a bicycle pump and as long as the piano is wide, warms the air inside the piano and keeps excess moisture in the air.  Without the system installed, the moisture is absorbed by the wood in the piano, which affects the tuning.  With the system, the wood is protected from excess moisture in the air, and the piano becomes very stable.  I highly recommend a “Damppchaser” for pianos in most areas of San Diego.

Placement Of Your New Piano

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

Accutone Piano Service Professional Piano ServicesPianos are Sensitive!: Pianos are sensitive to changes in temperature and humidity.  Where you place the piano is critical to the stability and longevity of the instrument. 

Pianos Don't Like Change: As far as possible, the piano should be in a place with the least amount of change in the atmosphere, out of direct sunlight.  That means as far from a heat source, vent, or open window or door. 

Sunlight: West facing windows allow a lot of heat in, which is not good for a piano.  Some brief sunlight from a southern sky or eastern window is okay.  Wood colored finishes are especially prone to bleaching in sunlight, even if it is indirect.  I strongly advise getting UV film on your windows to protect the finish of your piano and furniture.