Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How should I care for my
A: A piano is a magnificent and
extremely complex instrument, with more than 9,000 parts in the key and
action combination alone. The materials that make up your piano are top
quality wood of many species, iron, steel, copper, brass, plastic, wool,
cotton as well as various adhesives, etc. A standard piano has more than
200 strings, and their combined tension exerts a pull of over 18 tons!
That is why it is important never to attempt repairs or adjustments
yourself, and to use a qualified service technician to perform regular
inspections and maintenance on your instrument.
Q: What is “Standard Pitch”?
Your piano is
designed to sound its best when tuned to A-440, or Standard Pitch. When
your piano is tuned to this universally standard pitch, you can easily
play along with other instruments or recorded music. Keeping instruments
tuned to standard pitch is very important for ear training.
Q: How often should I have my
manufacturers recommend tuning at least twice a year, or whenever needed.
Seasonal changes in temperature and humidity can affect the sound and may
call for a tuning, as well as moving the instrument, or just because you
want it to sound great for a special event.
Q: What are the greatest
enemies of my piano’s sound?
enemies to the beautiful sound of your instrument are humidity and
temperature fluctuations. Environmental swings from hot to cold or from
humid to dry are extremely harmful to your piano, causing delicate parts
to swell and then shrink, and strings to go sharp and then flat. Repeated
swings in relative humidity can cause soundboards to distort or even
crack, and extreme dryness can weaken glue joints in the action. Keeping
the conditions consistent works best, with an optimal temperature of 68° F, and 42 % relative
Try to keep your piano away from heating and air registers,
frequently opened windows or exterior doors, and out of direct
sunlight, (as through a window.)
- DO’S &
- DO! Keep your piano in tune
- DO! Clean
the wood with a dry or damp cotton cloth
- DON’T! Use
polishes or cleaners with silicone
- DON’T allow
temperature and humidity extremes
- DO! Call Wane Marett Piano Service!