How to properly call the piano?
The word “piano” refers to all types of pianos (pianos, grand pianos, upright pianos, etc.). Today’s acoustic pianos are divided into pianos and grand pianos.
Why is it necessary to tune the piano?
Tuned pianos accustom you to the right sounds and help you develop musical hearing.
The piano is a very delicate and complex mechanism that requires regular maintenance. This will ensure a high quality sound. Additionally, less frequent maintenance is usually more costly.
A good example is comparing a piano to a car. Tuning a piano is like refueling. ☺
How often should the piano be tuned?
At home, the piano should be tuned at least once a year. Manufacturers recommend tuning twice a year.
How much does piano tuning cost?
The cost of tuning and repairing a piano depends on the condition of the instrument. If the piano is regularly tuned and there are no serious defects, then the cost is in the range of 60-70 €. If the piano has not been configured for more than two years, the costs will be higher. The tuning service also includes preventive maintenance such as cleaning, tightening screws, adjusting mechanics, minor repairs (preventing cracking, squeaking, etc.), lubrication and adjustment of the pedal mechanism. The cost of overhaul depends on the amount of work and the material costs.
How long does the piano tuning take?
Tuning usually takes 2-3 hours.
I want to buy a used piano, how do I assess its condition?
In order to assess the condition of the piano, a consultation with a piano expert is required. The piano expert will assess the condition of the instrument including the mechanics, keyboard, resonator, the condition of the parts and will check how they hold the tuning. The assessment service costs 20 € + travel expenses. Without checking the piano, you run the risk of getting a bad instrument that will be expensive to repair. Very often the piano is kept in a very dry place (near the central heating radiators or on a heated floor), so the whirlpool is dried and does not tune, the resonator and resonator ribs are cracked or peeled off. Moths can also often cause a lot of damage to the felt and cashmere parts of the piano.
Where is the best place to put the piano?
It is best to place the piano as far away from heating appliances, windows, exterior doors, and exterior walls as possible. It is advisable to avoid direct sunlight.
Climatic conditions required for the piano:
- air temperature up to 22C °
- humidity ~ 45-65%. It is easy to measure when purchasing a hygrometer (mechanical hygrometer costs start at 4 eur).
What to avoid:
- under no circumstances should the piano be kept close to heating appliances (radiators, stoves, heated floors)
- it is not desirable to put any objects on the piano. Vases and other containers with water are particularly dangerous and can damage both the exterior and the instrument itself.