Piano Care

Maintain Your Dampp-Chaser Humidifier System: How to Replace Pads & Change Tank Liners

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Maintain Your Dampp-Chaser Humidifier System: How to Replace Pads & Change Tank Liners

The Dampp-Chaser Piano Life Saver System does just that—it extends the life of your piano. To keep your piano’s thousands of wood, steel, and felt parts working properly, the humidity level needs to remain at a steady 45%. Most people are not lucky enough to live in a place where the weather is a constant 45% every single day, so the Dampp-Chaser system creates this interior climate, effectively stopping the clock on your piano’s lifespan. That’s all well and good, but even the climate control system needs a little maintenance once in awhile. Now and again, you’ll need to refill...

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3 Painless Steps for Cleaning Inside Your Piano

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3 Painless Steps for Cleaning Inside Your Piano

"What! You mean we're supposed to clean inside the piano, too?!" Yup. Dust is a fact of life. Most of us ignore it, but some of us despise it. If your grimy piano keeps staring at you begging to be cleaned, you're in luck. Cleaning the pinblock and soundboard inside your piano is way easier than it seems and is absolutely worth your time. And you don't need to dedicate much of your day to do it, either. In fact, unless your piano is ultra disgusting, you could probably do the whole job in about 15 minutes. Here's how it's done...

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Ranked: Our favorite tuning pitch sources & frequency finders

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Ranked: Our favorite tuning pitch sources & frequency finders

You get the gist of how piano tuning works. You play the note, hear that it's wrong, then adjust the tension on the string until it matches the pitch source. But wait. Where do you get the pitch source? Do you use a tuning fork, an electronic frequency finder device, or just do it by ear? Do you even need a reference pitch at all? It's a matter of personal preference, really, but in our humble(ish) opinion, some sources are better than others. Here's how we think they stack up. 4. Tuning by ear  We’d probably rank this one higher if...

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Happy Autumn! Time to get your piano tuned.

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Happy Autumn! Time to get your piano tuned.

Ahh, fall. Time to snuggle up in a cozy blanket with a pumpkin spice latte and breathe in that fresh, crisp air. We're well into the spooky season, and you know what that means... That's right! Time for routine piano maintenance! Healthy pianos like to be tuned twice a year, and respond best to tuning in the spring and the fall, just as the seasons change.  Here's why. 1. Humidity is shifting Even with climate control systems, pianos are very sensitive to humidity fluctuations. In the summer, humidity can be high. Temperatures are up, they stay up, and there's generally a fair...

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What to do when your piano has water damage

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What to do when your piano has water damage

Humidity is bad. Water is worse. If your piano gets wet, is it totaled? How much damage is too much, and can the instrument be salvaged? What happens when a piano gets wet? It's been said time and time again: moisture is bad for pianos. Pianos are mostly made of wood, and wood doesn't like water. It swells when it becomes moist, then contracts when it dries. Worse, it doesn't always expand and contract exactly the same way. A piece of wood that's gotten wet and dried out just isn't the same as a piece that never got wet in the...

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