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Caring For Your Accoustic Piano

If you have an accoustic piano then you already know that it is a fine looking piece of furniture in its own right! My own piano is lovely. It has just 6 octaves and at each side there is a little cupboard for keeping music and scores in. People always comment on what lovely wood it is. Therefore I enjoy keeping it up to scratch and maintaining it properly. You should do the same with yours so here are some tips on caring for your accoutsic piano.

Accoustic Piano Tuning

I am very fortunate in that my dad is a piano tuner by trade! Therefore I get to have my piano tuned regularly and for free! Some day I must get him to show me how its done so that I can carry on myself but at the moment he is loathe to show me……

An accoustic piano has strings inside, one for each note, that are stretched and kept at high tension. High pitched notes have thin short strings and the lower pitch has thick long strings. Each string has a tension adjuster attached at one end and it is this that needs to be carefully adjusted to keep the strings in tune. You need a special tool to do this.

You should ideally have your piano tuned once (minimum – twice is preferable) a year but if it is in a room that tends to fluctuate with temperature then you will need it tuned more often. Also a brand new accoustic piano will require more tuning as the strings get worn in.

accoustic pianoTip: keep an open container of water regularly topped up inside the piano housing to help prevent the wood from drying out – especially if you have central heating.

Your piano tuner will also check that the strings are in good order as to have one snap at any point could cause other damage. Also that the hammer action is smooth and working correctly.

Where to Keep Your Piano

Since temperature and humidity affects the strings and condition of the housing it is best to avoid keeping your piano next to a radiator or in a room that has a high level of moisture. Also don’t put it in direct sunlight as this will fade the wood over time.

It is interesting to note that a piano seated on a carpet will always sound damper than one on a wooden floor. I prefer wooden floor as it makes the piano sound clearer.

Polishing Your Piano

Be careful how you polish your piano. You may need special piano polish and I would recommend that. Alternatively use a damp cloth to remove dust. If your finish is high gloss then try the micro fibre cloths to remove the dust more effectively. If you have solid wood then a proper wood polish could be used but check with your supplier to see what they suggest first.

Cleaning the Piano Keys

I never use anything but a damp cloth to clean the keys. Sometimes after my daughters sticky fingers have been on them I do use some soap but just on the sticky places. The keys should never really get wet but if they are slightly damp then dry them off. If you use chemicals on the keys you are likely to change the feel of them and end up with slippery or tacky keys.

The Inside of the Piano

Unless you know how to remove the piano panel and protective finger board I would suggest you leave it to an expert. Any damage done to a piano is very costly to put right and inside there are many parts that could easily be broken if you use force.

Remember “an accoustic piano is for life not just fior Christmas” so keep it looked after for years of enjoyment!

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