Your piano is the heart and soul of your passion for music.
Your piano bolsters all your musical endeavours.
Your piano is a prized showpiece in your home.
Your piano deserves the same care and passion that you put into your music.
Like any musical instrument or complex machine, your piano requires regular maintenance in order to maintain maximum performance. When you tune and service your piano regularly, you'll keep your piano sounding great, you'll keep your family and the neighbors happy, and with regular inspections from your piano technician you'll be aware of anything that can cause issues either now or in the future.
"Because your piano contains materials such as wood and felt, it is subject to change with climatic conditions. Extreme swings from hot to cold or dry to wet cause its materials to swell and contract, affecting tone, pitch, and action response or touch."
Colorado is no stranger to extreme weather conditions. Snow in May and 80° heat in February is never surprising. A hot, dry day, followed by a cool dry night, followed by a rainy, cold day is not uncommon. These conditions call for special attention for pianos in the Colorado West to maintain their optimum performance. Schedule a tuning today!
Getting your piano tuned regularly is the most important aspect to keeping your piano sounding great. Pianos should be tuned at least once a year: most manufacturers recommend tuning twice a year to mantain optimal performance and sound, and to avoid risk of physical damage to the piano including strings breaking and the soundboard losing its shape. Plus, you need to stop using "the piano is out of tune" as an excuse for those wrong notes!
Your piano has probably been around for a while, many are between 50 and 100 years old, and it's probably been moved or transfered ownership many times. That's a lot of dust! There are things you can do on your own to clean and minimize interior dust build up, but a professional cleaning will expose dirt and grime you didn't even know was lurking just below your fingers.
There are approximately 35 moving parts on each note on your piano, many of them are pieces of wood topped with varying thicknesses of felt. Over time, the felt becomes compressed and the wood may swell or shrink. This results in the keys not working as efficiently as possible and detracts from the musician's ability to add expression to the music. The piano's keys may feel uneven or sluggish, or might make clicking or rubbing sounds. Regulation adjusts all the moving parts so that they're working better than new so that your music can be expressive as possible.
There are between 10,000 and 15,000 parts in your piano. Sometimes, life happens and things break. Luckily, most of the parts in your piano can be repaired or replaced. Phew!
Sometimes more than a simple repair will be necessary to bring your piano back to life. A full restoration could include: hammer replacement, action parts replacement, keytop replacement, string replacement, soundboard repair, case refinishing.
2017 Dan Mariotti