Piano Care

Piano care and buying tips

Here are a few tips in the care of your piano that should come in handy. A piano can be one of the largest purchases a family will make outside of a home or a car. I would like to give you a few helpful hints to prolong the life of your instrument in look, sound and function.
  • Keep plants or drinks away from the piano
  • Keep the piano away from heat sources
  • Make sure that the piano is not in sunlight, direct of other if you can avoid it.
  • never use silicone based products for cleaning.
  • Keeping the keyboard covered will yellow your keys faster.
  • Overstuffing your piano bench will soon break out the floor of it
  • When moving a piano with front legs that have no support, lift the front legs off the floor before moving. This will keep you from cracking or breaking those legs.
  • Moving a grand on regular casters is not a “grand” idea. The legs are long levers and remember if the leg moves on the bottom then there is trouble on the top. The grand could come off the legs in motion. If you don’t have a grand dolly it is always wisest to lift the piano with 3 people to its destination.
  • Grand lids are always to be put on the stick at a 90 degree angle. There are more than 1 option to put the stick, just check to make sure it is the right one.
  • Often coins around the piano tend to make for expensive and unnecessary service calls as they find their way between the keys and the keys stop working.
  • Washing hands before playing is always a great idea.
  • On a black shinny finish a simple dry silk cloth is a fantastic duster. you can feel the fingerprints come off when using it….remember there is no such thing as dust repellant.
  • Pens and pencils tend to get lost in grand’s and uprights….just keep track of where you put them…I am always cleaning out the inside of pianos and find many of these. Sometimes they make the piano stop working.
  • Not all pianos are tunable. It is buyer beware. If you are looking for a piano and the owner says “It just needs a tuning”, then it would be a really good idea to have a tuner check the piano out.
  • If there is one note that sounds like two notes that are next to each other are played the problem is either simple like a pencil stuck in the keys, or major like you need new tuning pins. Looking at a piano with a lot of these WILL BE TROUBLE!!!!
  • The bench height should be measured by where your wrists are above the keys, not by what looks right. Your teacher or tuner can illustrate this for you.
  • If you can’t remember when you tuned your piano last…….yup its time!
  • Humidity as it changes puts the piano out of tune. listen to your piano tuners advice for your piano in your home on how regularly it should be tuned and in what months.
  • When looking for a piano tuner consider this….they are not a tuner before they have tuned at least 1000 pianos……..well!
  • Faulty casters can make a really big mess of carpet and especially of hardwood.
  • When they say upright grand….it has nothing to do with being a grand except to say that it is large.
  • It is a really good practice to half pedal as putting the pedal all the way down loosens the floorboard and creates horrible and sometimes difficult to fix squeaks. Half pedalling gives the same results and gives the player more control.
  • Buying pianos is buyer beware…. always
  • If a piano is cheap…..there’s a reason!!!! If its free….well you get the idea.
  • Smaller pianos tend to be harder to play, especially for small children. There are exceptions, but that is a piano by piano basis. Rules of thumb got there for a reason!