Congratulations! You’ve got your new piano and we know you’re excited to get your hand on it but we need to think of other things that we should consider before we can play away the whole day.
Since we’re owning a piano, we need to know how we can take care of it and how we can maintain it in tip top shape. If you don’t have an idea, you can now stop worrying and read on to know more about how to make your piano last a long time.
First thing to consider is where you will place your piano. Is it on a carpet or wood? Tiles? Or just plain concrete? You need to determine this first for you to properly protect not only your piano but also your floor. Second, avoid putting your piano under direct sunlight as it can affect your piano’s finish. Also, avoid putting any drinks on top of your piano to avoid it getting wet as water can also destroy the finish.
The next thing that you need to check is its physical state. Check for any scratches, dents and any other discoloration that you didn’t see when you bought it. You need to take note of it so you can immediately call the seller’s attention and have it credited to your warranty.
Next on the list is the tuning of the piano. It will sound different when you tried it in the music store from when you tried it at your home. Most music store has a tuning services included in their warranty so if you have that, better use it so you don’t have to pay for extra. If in case your warranty doesn’t include those, you can contact your own technician but make sure that he’s a Registered Qualified member of the Piano Technicians Guild so you can be sure that he can do the job well and won’t cause any damage to your piano. Also, keep in mind that a piano should be tuned several times in a year. On your first year, you should tune your piano six times and then four times the following years. This is needed as your piano will eventually go back to its original setting as it fights back on the tuning you have set. This will also be a good time to teach other people in your home to differentiate how a tuned and mistuned piano sounds like.
Lastly, humidity is very important in keeping the longevity of your piano. Changes in the air’s moisture content affects the parts of the piano and wrong humidity can age the piano faster than it should. It’s better to invest now in humidity control system as it can save you a lot of money from repair or worst, buying a new one. When opting for a humidity control system, have it installed by the professionals only to make sure that it won’t mess up your piano as the movements of its parts also change when the humidity changes.
Just note of all these tips and you will be together with your piano for a very long time.