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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,

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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,

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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,

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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.

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Humidity Control System: How to Save Your Piano’s Life

About 90% of your piano is made up of two things: metal and wood. They seem like sturdy enough materials, right? Well, they are, but one of the properties of wood causes a problem. Wood swells and shrinks with changes in humidity, and presses against the metal parts.

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How Often Should I Have My Piano Tuned?

How Often Should I Have My Piano Tuned?

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This is a common question.  At a minimum, your piano should be tuned twice a year – once in the spring and once in the fall or summer then winter.  This is not an arbitrary suggestion, but it’s based on the fact that the changes in weather,

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Caring for your Piano’s Finish

A piano finish is best maintained by simply keeping it clean, avoiding exposure to direct sunlight and extremes of temperature and humidity, and abrasion.

Your piano’s cabinet, like all woodwork, is subject to expansion and contraction with humidity changes. Excessive wood movement can eventually cause the finish to develop tiny cracks and even separate from the wood.

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Does Your Piano Need Voicing?

Voicing: The felt hammers of the piano tend to harden over time, as the felt becomes compressed by repeated impact. They also form grooves at the points of contact with the strings. Harder hammers produce a brighter tone quality, which may ultimately become harsh and undesirable.

Your piano may benefit from voicing if:

  • Your piano sounds different than when you purchased it
  • You don’t like the sound even after it has been tuned
  • Tone varies radically from note to note
  • The piano has lost its ability to play softly

piano voicing

A piano’s tone changes with use.

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