Caring For Your New Piano – Part I
Now that you have invested in a new piano for your home, you need to know how to care for it. A piano is an investment that will last a life time for you and your family. Caring for it properly will help ensure that you will be able to play it to its fullest potential and it will last for a long time. Additionally, caring for your new piano will help you maintain the warranty that came with it.
What is piano tuning?
Piano tuning is the process in which the 200 strings in your piano are adjusted so that they produce the right sound. The strings in your piano are stretched across the frame of the piano. They are stretched so far that they are in a constant state of high tension. When the piano is tuned, the tension is adjusted so that when they are hit by the keys, they produce the right tone and are in harmony with one another.
Why should I have my piano tuned regularly?
Keeping your piano in tune is important not only for the life of the instrument but also for the interest of those playing it. No one likes to play a piano that is out of tune. It is very demotivating for a student to play a properly maintained piano at school or at a lesson only to come home and practice on one that doesn’t sound or feel right. If your child or anyone else tells you that your piano seems out of tune, consider calling in a piano technician to have it checked. They may be right.
Additionally, an out of tune piano could cause damage to the instrument itself. Environmental factors cause a piano to go out of tune. They usually go unnoticed until the sound starts to change. It is a good idea to have your piano inspected and tuned on a regular basis in order to keep the instrument from becoming damaged and needing a more costly repair. Plus, it’s harder to tune a piano that has not been serviced on a regular basis.
How often should I have my piano tuned?
In order to keep your piano in the best playing condition possible you should have it tuned at least twice a year. A piano is going to go out of tune whether you play it or not. Plus, a new piano or one that has been restrung will probably need to be tuned about 3 to 4 times through the first year due to the strings stretching as the piano settles in its new environment. A piano that is also being used often may need to be tuned every 2 to 3 months. Keep this in mind when you purchase your piano so that you are prepared to have it serviced properly.
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