Frequently Asked Questions
By far, the single biggest factor that affects your piano’s tuning is humidity changes. And in our part of the country, we see some pretty radical swings in humidity throughout the year!
Your piano is made of wood, and takes on moisture in higher humidity and dries out in periods of lower humidity. If you’ve ever noticed how windows, doors, and drawers react to humidity changes, then you can comprehend what is happening to your piano. The soundboard expands and contracts with humidity changes, literally causing the strings to stretch and contract. In a typical uncontrolled environment, people will notice that their piano tends to go sharp in the summer months and flat in the winter months.
We sell and install a Climate Control System that is specifically designed for pianos. The system dramatically reduces humidity fluctuations and improves a piano’s tuning stability between tunings. Ask us for details.
This can be tricky – kind of like buying a used car. If you don’t know what you’re looking at under the hood, you can get your hands on a maintenance nightmare.
If you find a piano that looks interesting, start out by verifying that each key actually works, and that the pedals work, too. Ask the seller when they last had the piano tuned, and if there are any known problems. There are some resources available to help you do a more thorough evaluation. One quick and easy reference is a little book called “How to Buy a Good Used Piano”. You can pick up a copy at local bookstores, or contact us and we can arrange to send you a copy.
Another option is to have a Piano Technician evaluate the piano. For a fee, we will do a complete evaluation and provide a report of maintenance items that the piano will require. With that information, many sellers will adjust the purchase price to allow for some or all of the maintenance to be performed.