Maintenance Guide For Piano Owners

Posted on: 4 January 2016

Regular maintenance of pianos helps to slow down the rate at which piano components undergo wear and tear. It also helps to ensure that the piano exhibits peak performance for the benefit of music lovers. 

Different types of pianos have different maintenance needs. This article provides a discussion on the maintenance needs for some of the most commonly used types of acoustic pianos.

Grand Pianos

The grand piano is perhaps the most commonly known and most commonly used type of piano. Under normal circumstances, grand pianos need to be inspected comprehensively at least once every year in a bid to identify defects within the piano system. Grand piano owners who live in humid areas often need to inspect their pianos more frequently. This is because exposure of the piano to excess humidity increases the risk of damage to wooden parts of the piano.

The number of tunings needed for a grand piano depends on the frequency with which the piano is used. Grand pianos are often used a decorative centerpiece in a large number of living rooms. Because such pianos are rarely played, they will often need to be tuned on an annual basis. Grand pianos that are played frequently may need up to four tunings in a year.

Maintenance needs for baby grand pianos are more or less similar. 

When it comes to repair of grand pianos, equipment owners are advised to seek professional assistance.

Electric Pianos

Electric pianos are often termed "low-maintenance" when mentioned in the same context with other types of pianos. Often this is because electric pianos are able to function without the need for tuning. Therefore, maintenance for electric pianos often involves cleaning the musical instruments and protecting it from the harmful effects of dust accumulation and accumulation of other types of debris.

Comprehensive inspection of electric computers can be done with less frequency because the piano has fewer mechanical components. Electric acoustic pianos should be stored in a cool and dry place away from exposure to moisture and dust.

Dust protection for an electric piano may require the piano owner to invest in a dust-proof cover for the instrument.

Again, repairs should be left for the professionals. 

Player Pianos

Player pianos are known for their complexity. Player pianos used on a regular basis will often need to be inspected semi-annually in order to be on the safe side. Tuning of such pianos should also be done semi-annually at the very least. In order to ensure reduce the frequency of piano tuning, equipment owners are advised to invest in temperature-controlled storage for the piano.

Undertaking repairs on player pianos often involves the removal of various piano components. This is a professional's job.