Yamaha Clavinova CLP 625 Review

Yamaha Clavinova CLP-625

Yamaha Clavinova CLP-625 review

Clavinova Black Walnut CLP 625

The Yamaha Clavinova CLP-625 is the best entry-level Clavinova by Yamaha so far. It features Yamaha CFX and Bösendorfer Imperial grand piano samples for a superb sound reproduction. The Graded Hammer 3X (GH3X) keyboard action with escapement feel gives it the touch of an acoustic piano.  The design has been updated and has a modern look.

Sheet music clips on Yamaha Clavinova CLP-625

Sheet Music Clips on Music Desk

Once we unboxed and assembled the Clavinova CLP-625 I noticed immediately that they brought back the sheet music clips/holders on the music desk. This feature was not available on the 525 and it was greatly missed. This is a subtle feature but comes in handy when reading from sheets or music books.

New Features

New to CLP-625 is a Binaural CFX sample that makes playing with headphones a truly immersive experience. Binaural sampling is a highly sophisticated recording technique in which a special combination of microphones are used; including two installed into the ears of a model human head so that the sound reproduced is that from the pianist’s perspective. You will need a good set of high quality head phones to enjoy this feature. 

side view of clp 625

Side View CLP 625

The piano looks similar to the previous model 525 will some slight case design changes especially with the legs as they curve at the top and have a more modern look about them.

Synthetic Ebony and Ivory Keytops

Synthetic Ebony and Ivory Keytops

When first playing the CLP-625 I noticed right away that the black keys felt great. All CLP Clavinovas now have the synthetic Ivory and synthetic Ebony key tops for the white and black keys respectively.  This gives the piano an incredibly great feel and was a great improvement over the feel of previous models. The keys are cool to the touch and very moisture absorbent.

Sound Reproduction

The synthesized and sampled sound components that produce the piano and other instruments within the CLP-625 are superb. Hammer noise along with undampened high resonant strings and string resonance are all combined together resulting in rich realistic piano sounds that are a pleasure to play and are easily expressive. The additional sounds within the Clavinova produce resonant basses and higher octave orchestral string sounds that are realistic which provide additional support when coupled with the piano samples.

Clavinova CLP 625 Rosewood Case

Yamaha Clavinova CLP 625 in Rosewood

 

Key Features

  • Yamaha CFX Sample, Yamaha’s finest 9-foot concert grand and the Bösendorfer Imperial Sample, Bösendorfer’s esteemed 9-foot 6” distinctly versatile, light and mellow concert grand.
  • GH3X (Graded Hammer 3X) keyboard action reproduces the touch of an acoustic instrument, from the heavier feel in the lower register to the lighter touch in the upper octaves. Additionally the escapement mechanism that reproduces the feel of an acoustic piano as it goes through the let-off of the jack and the fall of the hammer when a key is played very softly. This along with Synthetic Ebony & Ivory key tops that reproduce the tactile surface of the Ivory white keys, and wooden Ebony keys of keyboards once used in acoustic pianos make this entry level the best feeling Clavinova to date.
  • Key-off samples deliver the delicate change in sound the instant the damper falls back to the string. The moment a pianist’s fingers are lifted from the keys of a grand piano, subtle changes occur in the instrument’s tone as the damper is lowered onto the strings to mute the sound. Key-off samples feature actual recordings of these changes, offering a faithful reproduction of the most subtle nuances in the piano’s tone, creating a more realistic overall sound.
  • String Resonance recreates and emulates the sympathetic sounds of other strings resonating, just like the behavior of acoustic pianos.  
  • Damper Resonance (DSP) recreates the sound of the inside of a grand piano when the dampers are off the strings.  Stereo Sustain samples provide mellow reverberations when the player depresses the damper pedal. Similarly, Damper Resonance DSP provides broad and deep resonance when the pedal is used.
  • Acoustic Optimizer physically adjusts the acoustic flow by using a special design and position within the instrument to control resonance and enrich the overall sound.  Acoustic Optimizer delivers naturally smooth tonal richness across the entire keyboard by regulating the flow of sound and control of tone from the cabinet of the instrument.
  • Intelligent Acoustic Control (IAC) automatically adjusts the EQ of the built-in stereo speaker system to the player’s setting, ensuring the richest tone at any volume level.  The instrument automatically adjusts the balance of bass and treble, creating a truer sound with more depth.
  • The Stereophonic Optimizer is unique to Yamaha. When playing and listening to the instrument using headphones, the Stereophonic Optimizer adjusts the spacing of the sound and the separation from the piano, resulting in a spacious, surround sound quality that will inspire you to play for hours at a time. Within this private listening environment, the sound of the piano can be perceived to come from the body of the instrument rather than from the headphones, providing a more realistic and natural experience.
  • A standard USB cable can be used to connect the instrument to a computer or mobile device, opening up a world of creativity, entertainment, and education. iOS devices can be connected to the instrument using the Yamaha UD-BT01, the i-UX1 connecter cable, or the Apple Camera Connection kit. The instrument can be used to interact as a controller and/or sound source with a variety of music creation applications.
  • Polyphony is the measure of note data, and the more polyphony you have, the more notes can be played simultaneously. With 256-note polyphony, even the most complex piano compositions can be played without fear of dropped notes.
Volume Control Knob on CLP 625

Volume Control on CLP-625

Pros

The best touch and feel of any entry model Clavinova to date.

Cons

No Auxiliary Outputs

Improved From Previous Model:
Clavinova CLP-525

  • Yamaha CFX and Bösendorfer Imperial piano samples
  • GH3X keyboard action
  • Yamaha CFX Binaural sample (for headphone use)
  • Key Off samples
  • String Resonance samples
  • Stereophonic Optimizer
  • New built-in 50 Classical Music Masterpieces

Step Ups To Higher Model:
Clavinova CLP-635

  • Split Mode
  • USB to DEVICE
  • WiFi connectivity (with optional UD-WL01)
  • Virtual Resonance Modeling (VRM)
  • WAV audio playback & recording (via USB to DEVICE)
  • 1/8″ Aux Input
  • 1/4″ L&R Aux Output
  • 16-track, 250 song recorder (vs. 2-track, 1 song)
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Antique Victorian Piano Restoration

Antique Victorian Piano Restoration of Weber Grand from 1874

Charm, beauty and fascination of bringing a treasured piano back to life is a true rewarding experience. The craftsmanship and dedication that originally went into making this instrument is unmistakable and is what made Weber one of the world’s most superb pianos in its day.  This is a fine example of a late 19th century Rosewood Victorian grand piano with all its grandeur and style.

1874 Weber Victorian Grand Piano

Restored Rosewood Victorian Grand Piano originally made by Albert Weber in New York in 1874

According to the Pierce Piano Atlas 12th edition, Weber piano company was established in 1852 by Albert Weber on White St. in New York.  Albert Weber was from Bavaria, Germany and was very renowned in the piano industry until his death in 1879. This piano is a true work of art and worthy of meticulous restoration technics to preserve its beauty for a future generation. Many of the parts and mechanisms of this piano are not standard like in a modern-day piano and do not allow for simple part replacements thus much of the reconditioning that must be accomplished in a piano like this is through working with the existing parts and rebuilding or repairing them as necessary to preserve the originality of the instrument.

Below are a few photos of the piano in its original Alabama home prior to its arrival at our facility. (Notice the missing Victorian gingerbread scrollwork Panels and Medallions)

Complete reconditioning

As you can tell, the piano had heavy use during its lifetime as well as being exposed to seasonal changes for many years. Basically, everything on the piano was severely worn or broken. All the internal parts needed to be reconditioned or rebuilt to get it back to a restored state of being playable and tunable again. Many pianos are not worth the expense of restoration and many others’ original condition has deteriorated beyond the point of practical repair. Factors need to be considered in choosing whether to restore an antique piano such as cost of repairs compared to replacement, sentimental value, personal attachment or even historical value. For this particular instrument, it was a true love of labor in being able to bring it back to life from the poor condition it was in and give it another generation of being able to bring happiness to a new owner that will love and cherish this exquisite instrument.

Below are some photos of the piano during disassembly and restoration. The heavy cast iron plate on this piano was originally hand painted with intricate detail.

Victorian action compared to a modern piano action

Thousands of tiny parts make up the action assembly. The action mechanism in this Victorian piano is somewhat different than its modern counterpart. Many of the levers, springs and catches operate like a modern action but with varying degrees of precision/durability shortcomings. One of the notable differences is that the action brackets are made of wood in this piano and are more susceptible to moisture changes than a modern piano that has action brackets made from various types of metal.

Below are some photos of the action in this Weber grand before being refurbished.

A Vintage American Grand Piano from the 19th century made by Albert Weber

An object of distinction, this Victorian Grand Piano made by Albert Weber in 1874 is a true American Grand. This 7-foot Rosewood piano has been transformed from a discarded and forgotten piece of furniture to a fine example of the pianos manufactured during the late Romantic/Postromanticism era. Often referred to as the Gilded Age, where rapid expansion of industrialization in the United States took place this piano is a fine example of an important era when every household budget included a piano. During this period, everyone had to have one and to have one of this quality, beauty and presence was extraordinary.

Below are some photos (inside and out) of the Weber grand after being restored.

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Identify and Care for your piano parts and wood types

Seeing the woods for the trees: identify and care for your piano parts

Seeing the woods for the trees

We posted a blog earlier last year about the numerous different wood types used in various aspects and stages of piano making, including the pinblock, soundboard and action mechanism – and, in particular, about how their varying structures and qualities will have a significant impact on the sorts of tones and resonances your instrument will be capable of producing.

 

These are all important things to bear in mind when selecting a new piano and deciding what sort of price range you’re looking to buy into. But what if you already have an older or even antique piano and are looking into getting some repairs done, or perhaps hoping to pick up a pre-owned instrument in the near future? Being able to identify the origins and wood types of its various components is important here, both for making sure you get good value for money and for selecting the right approaches to treatment and wood care in order to maximize the sound quality and longevity of your piano.

 

We’ve spotted one potentially useful online tool for helping to confirm which type of wood has been used in specific parts of your instrument: this handy interactive guide, put together by a specialist UK wood care company, is particularly convenient because it allows you to narrow your search from a wide range of potential wood types down to the most likely candidates. You can then click through to learn more about each variety’s typical characteristics, and the best ways to treat and protect them respectively.

 

Combined with some of our previous posts right here on Piano Emporium about the construction of specific components, the importance of humidity control, tips on key care and how to protect your case finish, you should be well on your way to a good understanding of how those parts all play their own unique and important roles – and why each needs to be identified and cared for appropriately.

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Learning to Play the Piano is Easier than You Think, and YOU Can Learn to Play

Learning to Play the Piano is Easier than You Think,

and YOU Can Learn to Play

To begin, I’d like to give you a little background about myself. Growing up, we had a piano in the house. I had been curious enough to tinker around on the keys, but I never was too serious about it as a child. My mom put me into piano lessons at a young age (around 5) but I asked her if I could stop after just a few lessons, and she let me. <I didn’t get any further than playing Mary Had a Little Lamb; so, in retrospect, those lessons were more or less irrelevant. I eventually learned a few little ditties to play such as chopsticks, a very, very basic version of the Pink Panther theme, and that little tune you play with your knuckles on the black keys. Again, none of these were serious endeavors. But there was a deep seeded curiosity beneath it all to learn to play that never really went away. And as I got older, my curiosity with the piano grew.

A few listings out of the THOUSANDS of results for online piano tutorials.

At this point, if you’re reading this blog, I would venture a guess that you too have the same underlying desire to learn how to play. I’m here to tell you that you can, and that you already have at your disposal all the information you need in order to be able to play.

Well, eventually my curiosity got the best of me, and I finally decided I was going to actually learn to play the piano – not just tinker around on it. And so I began a journey in my mid-teens to learn, and I cannot tell you how much joy that decision continues to bring me each and every day. iPad Sheet MusicI am largely self-taught, and I played on my own for nearly 6 years before I realized formal lessons would be a good idea. But now, in the age of the Internet, learning to play an instrument on your own has never been easier, and it is completely feasible to teach yourself how to play to a relatively high level of comprehension without enrolling in any music lessons. A teacher will always be a good idea, and we offer lessons here at the Piano Emporium, but there are so many different places to go now for tips on everything from technique, to theory, to improving reading skills, to understanding rhythms better that just simply did not exist outside of a lesson a mere 15-20 years ago. And it now can all be reached from your pocket or your desktop. You can essentially find all the educational material to learn today for FREE, if you’re willing to search for it.

Like any skill worth developing, playing piano does take time. That is one obstacle to overcome – finding the time to play. But, the next time you sit down to waste away in front of the TV, ask yourself, what am I really going to take away from this? Or next time you find yourself mindlessly scrolling through your Facebook feed, pay attention to how much time you’re giving up that you could have spent doing something a bit more productive. I know we all need to decompress, especially at the end of the day – I get that. But if you could find just a half hour a day to spend in front of the keys, over the course of a few months, YOU could learn to play the piano. You could even make decent progress by just dedicating twenty minutes a day (as long as those twenty minutes were focused). Twenty minutes. That’s not even the length of a TV show. Just like anything else, the more time you spend, the faster you will progress and the better you will get. But you could easily add playing the piano into your life without making any big sacrifice, and end up with an incredibly rewarding skill to show for it.

If you’ve always wanted to learn and you don’t currently have an instrument in your house, now would also be a GREAT time to get either a keyboard, digital, hybrid, or acoustic piano, as nearly all our inventory is marked down significantly through Christmas. So, my recommendation to you is, if you have that same deep-seeded curiosity to know how to play, don’t run from it because you will regret it later in life. Trust me, I’ve seen that same wave of regret wash over countless faces in conversation when the topic of playing the piano comes up. Do your [near]future self a favor and learn to play today!Grand and upright piano

 

(Also, here is a link to the International Music Score Library Project website – http://www.imslp.org/ – that has a FREE copy of literally any piece of music within the public domain, a great resource for FREE sheet music)

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Piano Care: Caring For Your Piano’s Finish

Out of all musical instruments, the piano is unique in that it also serves as a furniture piece for the room in which it sits. It is more than just a fine musical instrument. The piano is such a prominent feature amongst western culture specifically, that the term “piano finish” has been universally adopted to describe the highest quality in wood finishes. Being attentive to the finish of your piano can not only help maintain the value of the instrument if you ever decide to sell it, but it also adds to the overall décor of the house. Here are a couple things to keep in mind to keep your piano’s finish looking its best.

Pianos today are finished using multiple types of material, including polyurethanes, traditional lacquers, and polyester resins.  The main function of the piano finish is to protect the instrument –  from knocked over drinks (which you should never set on the piano to begin with) to dirt and dust. The finish is also intended to minimize any of the damage incurred from changes in humidity, and, for clear finishes, to bring out the natural beauty in the wooden piano case. Modern finishes are created to do their job with no additional help from any waxes or polishes, and are best maintained by simply keeping them clean. It is also important to keep your piano out of any direct sunlight, avoid extremes in both humidity and temperature, and, of course, any abrasion or blunt force damage.

Because it is constructed from wood, your piano’s cabinet will expand and contract with changes in humidity. If exposed to enough of these changes, your piano’s finish will eventually begin to develop cracks and can even come loose from the wood itself. So, moderating the environment around the piano is a vital part of caring for the finish (as well as helping with tuning stability and the overall structure of the interior parts of the piano, like the action). It is important then to keep your piano in an area that is not subject to wild swings in humidity or temperature – keep it away from air ducts, doorways leading to the outside, heat sources, and always avoid exposure to direct sunlight.

Be careful when dusting your piano. Always start with either a feather duster or a wet cloth to remove dust. Dust is, surprisingly, extremely abrasive, and will scratch your finish (especially a polished ebony finish) if it is removed with a dry cloth.  Also, make sure you use soft fabric towels – like cotton – and avoid most synthetics as they are usually quite coarse.

Avoid polishes. Common household products such as “furniture polish” and “lemon oil” should be avoided absolutely, as they can ruin the finish. Furniture polishes often contain silicone and other oils that actually soften the finish, making it more prone to scratching. The presence of silicone is especially dangerous as it contaminates the wood beneath the finish, and can spread to the internal parts of the piano, often wreaking havoc on vital, interior parts. Also, avoid aerosol sprays, as the over-spray from these canisters can damage the metal parts inside your piano, such as the tuning pins and the strings. If you feel your piano does need some polishing, make sure you buy a sanctioned polish specific to your piano’s finish that is designed FOR pianos. Your best bet would be to stop by your local piano dealership and ask their technicians what they recommend.

And lastly, you may notice that over time your piano’s keys become grimy from accumulated oil and dirt from playing. The best method for removing this buildup is to use a soft cloth with water and just a little bit of mild soap.  Make sure the cloth is good and wrung out so that no water or soap trickles down over the side of the keys into the keybed.

With these few precautions, you can keep your piano’s finish looking as good as it did the day you bought it!

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Give Your Child the Gift of Music

Music heals the mind, body and soul. In our current, broken world, the need for music may never have been so important. Scientific study after study have shown that the power of music stretches far past just generating the impulse to dance. Soothing classical music has been proven to reduce blood pressure, alleviate anxiety, child with headphonesdecrease depression, take away general tension, and correct mood disorders – as opposed to treating these issues with prescription pills, which in turn create a litany of other problems.   

Studies have demonstrated that learning to play an instrument exponentially increases these health benefits. Not only does playing an instrument improve the speed and efficiency of established cognitive pathways, but it also helps create new ones – especially in the cortexes that handle mathematics and language. These changes aid in the processing of information beyond just musical notes and rhythms, and have been shown to actually increase the proficiency of vital organs. The world in which we live is full of tension and stress, and having music as part of your daily life can help your mind and body cope with the pressures.

For these same reasons, it is extremely beneficial to introduce your children to music as well. If introduced at an early age, the likelihood that they will eventually develop the skill set to play an instrument is greatly increased. boy at the pianoBut just having music present in your home is enough to increase the cerebral benefits music brings.

Exposing children at an early age to the world of music can help create cognitive pathways that otherwise may not develop, or at least not as strongly. It has been proven that children who are exposed to music – particularly the learning of a musical instrument – learn new information faster (and retain it better) than their non-instrument-playing peers. If you really want to give your child a head start in life, introduce them to a musical instrument.

The piano is a great place to start. Out of all instruments, it is the one that is most immediately playable. Without any formal training, anyone can play all 88 notes of a standard acoustic kids at the pianopiano. Like all other instruments, there is absolutely proper technique in playing the piano as well, but no other instrument (except similar percussive instruments, like the marimba or vibraphone) is as immediately accessible – making it the perfect instrument to introduce a child to. As an added bonus, pianos double as beautiful decorative pieces for the house. Having a piano present in the house is often enough to generate the curiosity to start playing (that’s how I got my start!).

Here at the Piano Emporium, we have pianos of all colors and sizes that fit every budget and preference. Child with musicCome by either of our two locations – 828 Hendersonville Rd, Asheville, NC or 285 N. Main St., Weaverville, NC – to see our selection of both new and used instruments, and give your child the gift of music!

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Why You Should Have Your Piano Regulated

Even if you have your piano tuned regularly, you may eventually start to notice that your piano doesn’t quite feel the same as it did when it was newYamaha Piano FrontThis will be especially true if your piano receives a lot of use. This occurs for a variety of reasons, such as normal wear and tear to the action, excessive expansion and contraction of the wooden parts, loss of strength in the steel springs, normal felt compression, damage from moths or other bugs with an appetite for felt, or just general neglect. Even a tolerance loss of a few thousandths of an inch can cause the regulation in an action to operate differently. These changes will eventually become evident in the way the keys feel and how the piano plays. Because these parts within your action will inevitably change, it is important to have your piano regulated occasionally to return the piano back to its best playable condition.

A prudent piano owner Piano action will have their piano serviced regularly. During routine tunings, a quality technician can check for issues within the action and can even make spot regulation adjustments. A complete action regulation involves the adjustment and timing of thousands of parts that make up the action mechanism within all acoustic pianos, and this needs to be scheduled separately from a tuning, as it is a pretty time-intensive process. Occasionally having this done will keep the piano from developing response issues in the future, and keep your piano playing like you want it to. This kind of preventive care lengthens the life of the piano, and allows for the continued enjoyment of the instrument.

piano action removed

Having your piano regulated occasionally will make playing your piano a more pleasurable experience. Next time you have your piano tuned, ask one of our certified technicians to examine your piano’s action to see if there are some changes that could be made to help your instrument sound and play better.

 

Piano regulated - Piano action with boards removed

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7 Undeniable Reasons People Love the Piano

In the world of musical instruments, the piano is king. No instrument (with maybe the exception of the human voice) has had more impact on western music than thePiano of luxury piano. Invented early in the 18th century by Bartolomeo Christofori, the piano eventually worked its way into nearly every household by the late nineteenth to the early twentieth century. Before the advent of the radio, the piano was the central entertainment piece of nearly every house in the developed world. The same reasons people love the piano today are the same reasons people loved the piano 100 years ago, and here are seven of them:

  • Fun – Playing the piano is a true joy. In an era not dominated by electronics and gadgets that provide instant (yet superficial) gratification, the act of playing the piano was a very common pastime. Set a child in front of the ivories, and that child will sit and play uninterrupted for as long as the adults in the room can stand it. Obviously some of us enjoy sound more than
    others, but a love of music iChild playing pianos virtually universal. If the time is invested in playing, the joy from producing beautiful harmonies and melodies is one of the best things on earth.
  • Sound – The sound created by the piano is unlike anything else on the planet. Capable of sounding fleeting and effervescent one instant, and gritty and powerful the next, few other instruments have anything close to the range of the piano – both tonally and dynamically. Of all instruments, the piano is also considered the most similar to the human voice. Try listening to a Chopin Nocturne (I recommend the one in Bflat minor) played live and tell me that sound doesn’t move you.
  • Looks – Pianos are elegant. concert grand pianoPianos are classy, and automatically raise the status of just about any room they sit in. The shiny, black silhouette of a concert grand piano is about as iconic as it gets. Some of the cases are incredibly ornate, but across the board, nearly every piano produced is at least intended to be aesthetically pleasing.
  • Health – Playing the piano is good for your brain and the overall functionality of your body. It has been proven over the past few decades, as the technology to quantify changes in the brain has improved, that playing music stimulates more of your brain simultaneously than any other activity. Playing an instrument is also one of the best mental releases, and actually helps regulate your organs and body functions as well.
  • Positivity – Playing the piano is good for your mental health and mood. Separate from #4, the actual act of sitting and playing causeperson playing pianos a large release of serotonin, much more so than just listening. Though there is certainly a most efficient way to play the piano, you don’t have to learn any embouchure or fingerings – just press the keys – which makes the piano one of the easiest instruments to learn how to play, and will give you a way to healthily regulate your moods (as opposed to turning to prescription drugs).
  • Educational – Learning the piano is the best way to study music and learn music theory. Unlike all other instruments – with the exception of other percussive pitch instruments, like the vibraphone and marimba – piano entertainerthe piano is the only instrument you look directly at the notes your playing. Even the guitar is not as cut and dry. There is one and only one key for each pitch. And they are laid out in a very visible black and white color scheme, making it much easier to see what you’re doing. Learning the piano also makes learning other instruments less difficult.
  • Entertaining – Even if you’re not a piano player yourself, you never know which one of your guests may be able to dazzle you with their skills. Just having the instrument present in the house provides the potential for some great live entertainment.

There are more reasons to love the piano, but here are seven of them. If you don’t own one of these fine instruments, but are thinking about potentially buying one, don’t hesitate to give us a call! We have pianos of all sizes that fit every budget.

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Getting the Most Out of Your Instrument: Helping Your Piano Retain its Value

Caring for Your Piano

Do you own a piano? Are you thinking about possibly selling it? There are some things you can do to help it retain its value.

Buying an instrument is an emotional decision. In order for someone to pay a fair market price for your piano, they will need to fall in love with the idea of buying it first. Help your piano retain its valueHow can you help retain its value? Make sure the piano is receiving regular tunings so it is functioning at its best. These are ideally done during the spring and the fall, when the humidity levels start to drastically change. Another thing to consider would be to have the action regulated, so it feels smooth and effortless to play. Your piano doesn’t sound like it used to? Consider having one of our RPT [Registered Piano Technician] certified techs voice your piano (see Does Your Piano Need Voicing? for more information on exactly what this process entails, and check out our blog The Right Piano Care, the Right Technician to learn more about why you should use an RPT certified tech) to improve its sound. And use a PRE-APPROVED method of conditioning the finish – DO NOT use some of the ‘do it yourself’ techniques, like using lemon juice, as this can irreparably damage the finish and hurt the value of the piano. We sell a few different piano-specific polishes that will make your piano shine like new!

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Just remember, first impressions are important. If you decide to sell your instrument, and it’s not in tune, someone who may have otherwise bought your piano may play it and decide it’s not for them – even if they KNOW that all it needs is a regular tuning. Buying an instrument really is an emotional decision. Make sure you do your part to make that interaction between the potential buyer and your instrument as impactful as possible.Antique Piano

 

If you have a piano but know little about its history, make sure to check out our Antique Piano Guide to help you get started. Have any questions? Give us a call at (828)277-5566, and we will be glad to help! 

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The Right Piano Care, the Right Technician

Piano Care: Making Sure You Have the Right Technician

Piano Care - Open PianoYour piano is probably one of the most mechanically complex items you own. There are over 10,000 individual parts in a piano that all need to be maintained in order for the instrument to work properly. Even the best cared-for pianos require occasional work, and they certainly should be tuned at least twice a year – not only for the sake of the piano player, but for the overall health of the instrument too – so, getting the right piano care is extremely important.

Piano care Technician at work

Piano technician regulating the action

Because these instruments are so complex, it is also important to have the right person service your piano. Here at Piano Emporium, we are fortunate to have three Registered Piano Technicians (RPTs). These members are part of the Piano Technicians Guild, which is the world’s premiere source of expertise in piano service and technology. Between all of our techs, we have over 80 years of experience tuning, maintaining, and servicing pianos. 

Notice keys starting to stick? Your piano doesn’t have the same sound or feel that you remember when you first got it? Any notes having trouble repeating? If you find yourself stuck with any of these problems (or anything else relative to your piano), please don’t hesitate to give us a call! We are here to serve you.

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