Maintaining Your Piano

Routine service is part of piano ownership

There are three basic steps in maintaining the tone, sound quality and touch of your piano. They are Tuning, Voicing and Action Regulating.

Let's start with Tuning.

It is crucial that your piano be kept in good tune. A regular tuning schedule will determine how your piano will sound and stay in tune over the life of the instrument.

All modern pianos are designed to be at "A" 440. Keeping your piano at pitch will assure you of the best sound quality and will maintain a constant pressure on the soundboard and plate. This is key to tuning stability. Unfortunately, changes in temperature and humidity cause your piano to go out of tune. Therefore a regular tuning schedule is essential in maintaining the sound quality and stability of your piano


What else do I need to do, to maintain my piano?

Your piano is a complex instrument made up of 9,000 to 14,000 parts, mostly made of wood. The action was regulated at the factory, in some cases to tolerances of less than .001 of an inch. These action parts swell and contract as the humidity in your home changes from season to season. In time the action must be re-adjusted to bring it back to the original factory specification. This is called Action Regulating.

Why doesn't my piano sound as good as it did when I bought it?

Over time, playing your piano will compress and cut the hammers. In order to recapture the original tone or improve the tone of your piano, the hammers can be resurfaced and voiced.

Creating the tone of your piano............It is called Voicing.