Caring for your new Piano

Friday, 09 Oct 2020



Imagine you spent 15k on a car; it’s your pride and joy, but you stop doing the little things to look after it. You stop parking it in the garage, stop cleaning and servicing all of a sudden you wake up and your pride and joy isn’t something that you are that proud of anymore. Like anything you purchase the more you care for it, the more joy it will bring.

Position

Deciding the perfect position for your new piano can be difficult, but keeping a few basic rules in mind will help ensure it stays in good condition. Pianos love environmental stability, so keeping them away from sources of heat and cold such as heating vents, windows and external walls is advised. Variances in temperature and humidity can cause a piano’s wooden components to swell and contract, which can cause damage and decrease the stability of your piano’s tuning.

When deciding where to position your piano, it’s also important to consider the acoustics of the room. A large room with lots of hard surfaces will sound ‘live’ while a smaller, carpeted room will sound ‘dead’ in comparison. Often piano owners will need to compromise between a stable environment and an acoustically live environment in order to find the best position for their piano.

Climate

As mentioned, because pianos are largely made of wood it’s important to consider the temperature and humidity of a piano’s environment. As a general guide it’s best to keep the temperature and humidity as consistent as possible, while avoiding extremely dry/humid or hot/cold temperatures. For example, if a room is consistently above 80% humidity, wooden components may swell and cause issues with the mechanism. A digital thermometer/hydrometer is useful to have near the piano in order to get an accurate picture of these environmental conditions.

Cleaning

For polished ebony and white pianos it is recommended that dust and fingerprints are wiped off with a clean microfiber cloth with Yamaha Unicon Piano Polish. For satin finished pianos, wiping down with a microfiber cloth is all that’s needed. For information about cleaning piano keytops, please visit our piano cleaning blog post.

Tuning and Servicing

Regular tuning and servicing will ensure your new piano’s quality of touch and sound will be maintained for many years to come. In addition to regular tuning, pianos require maintenance of the mechanism (regulation) and maintenance of their tone (voicing) to keep them working smoothly and sounding their best. The frequency of this work depends on how often the piano is used.

It is recommended that pianos are tuned at minimum once per year and serviced once every three years by a qualified technician. For pianos used on a regular basis, these needs may be more frequent and it is recommended that you discuss your usage with your piano technician to organise a customised service schedule.

If you have any questions about caring for your new piano, please contact Yamaha or one of our Yamaha Authorised Service Agents.