Your piano is a sizeable investment which can bring exquisite joy and beauty to yourself and your family. Regular servicing by a piano specialist will not only help to preserve the value of your instrument, but will also help you protect your initial investment against future costly repairs, which usually come about when its not maintained with the utmost care.
A piano interior is made up of various parts and materials working together to produce music for the accomplished musician; a majority of these materials, such as wood and felt, are changing constantly with environmental conditions.
When the temperature swings from one extreme to the other or the humidity goes up and comes down, these materials may either swell or contract, hence affecting the tone, pitch, action response or touch. Other than a humidity and temperature controlled environment being a big plus, the location of your piano can make a tremendous difference.
Avoid placing your piano near a window or doors that open frequently or near the kitchen; also to avoid are air conditioning vents and areas where there is direct sunlight. Optimal temperature of the surroundings where your piano is located would be 20 degrees celsius with a 42 percent relative humidity.
Generally pianos of today fall into two categories, the upright and grand model. Every manufacturer of piano have their own selection of materials to build the piano, with their own unique scale. Hence, the level of maintenance for your piano can vary depending upon the quality of materials used, the design and the extent of craftsmanship.
Major piano manufacturers such as Baldwin, Pearl River, Steinway, Kawai, Samick , Kohler and Campbell, Knabe, Yamaha, Young Chang and Schimmel recommend that in your first year of a new piano, tuning should be done 3 or 4 times, and at least twice a year after that.