FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. What does it mean to “tune” a piano?
Tuning” is the process of adjusting the tension at which the strings are stretched, using a wrench called a “tuning hammer,” so that all the strings vibrate in pleasing harmony with one another in accordance with certain acoustical laws and aesthetic and musical customs. Although the tuner may also perform other adjustments to the piano at the same visit, strictly speaking, only the above process constitutes “tuning."
2. How often should I tune and service my piano?
It depends on how sensitive you are to out-of-tune, how sensitive your piano is to the humidity changes that cause a piano to go out of tune, the climate you live in, how much you play, and your budget. For most people, one to three times per year is about right. Professional musicians and teachers may require more frequent service. Concert pianos are generally tuned (or the tuning touched up) before every performance.
3. Where is the best place in my home to put my piano?
The best place is where the temperature and humidity will remain relatively moderate and constant, and away from big drafts, open windows, and direct sunlight. Especially keep the piano several feet away from heating registers and radiators, or block off or redirect the heat from such registers and radiators if the piano must be placed closer.
4. What is the best temperature and humidity for my piano?
Manufacturers like to say that the temperature should be at 72 degrees F. and the humidity about 45 percent. However, given climatic realities, human needs, and energy conservation issues, this may not always be possible or practical. In truth, pianos are not so delicate that they require such precision in their environment. Any temperature and humidity that are not extreme and are relatively constant will do. The more consistent the better.
5. Should I have a humidifier system installed in my piano?
Piano climate-control systems can help smooth out seasonal humidity changes, resulting in better piano sound and operation, longer life, and possibly less frequent tunings. If you already have whole-house humidification and de-humidification, however, you may not need the extra protection, though it certainly can’t hurt. See a piano technician or piano dealer about having a climate-control system installed in your piano.
Music is the mediator between the spiritual and the sensual life."
( Ludwig Van Beethoven )
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