Piano Care

What to do when your piano has water damage

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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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Mice in pianos - it happens!

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The inside of your piano is the perfect place to raise a family. It's dark, quiet, and has plenty of nooks and crannies. Pianos are climate-controlled and there are plenty of wooden components to gnaw, too! Might not sound like a great place for you to live, but for a mouse? It's heaven!  Yep. Mice in pianos. Yikes, right? If a piano is kept in quiet storage and not maintained, it can attract attention from tiny non-musical creatures. There's plenty of space for them to sneak into the instrument, and more than enough for them to set up a cozy home. ...

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Your guide to the Dampp-Chaser Piano Life Saver System

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Your piano is an investment, so take good care of it! Pianos go out of tune for many reasons, but humidity is the main culprit. Pianos are mostly made of wood, which expands and contracts as the weather and humidity changes. Not only does this affect the sound of your piano, but the wood itself can become weakened over time. There are thousands of moving parts inside your piano, each finely tuned and adjusted, and they can become damaged by humidity fluctuations, too. Dampp-Chaser Piano Life Save System to the rescue! What is the Dampp-Chaser Piano Life Saver System? Maintaining a consistent...

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Essential Guide to Dampp-Chaser Supplies

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Essential Guide to Dampp-Chaser Supplies

Extend the life of your piano by maintaining your Dampp-Chaser Piano Life Saver System. Keeping the Dampp-Chaser water tank filled and regularly replacing pads and liners is essential to controlling your piano's humidity and interior climate.  But how do you know which accessories you need for your specific Life Saver System? The brand was established in 1947 and technology has improved in the company's almost 75 years. Not to worry, we've assembled your definitive guide to Dampp-Chaser accessories.   1. Pads  Replace pads twice a year All Dampp-Chaser Piano Life Saver Systems use special pads to wick moisture to the humidity...

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Dusting the soundboard of your grand piano

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Spring is just around the corner and that means it’s almost time for deep cleaning. You may remember to dust the blinds and vacuum the baseboards, but did you remember to clean your piano? Really clean it?  It’s just not about looks Dusting your grand piano’s soundboard may be an easy task to forget, but it’s very important to maintaining your grand piano’s overall health. Dust is unsightly, yes, but years of grime is enough to impair the overall sound of your piano. The strings need to vibrate freely and the sound needs to bounce off the smooth surface of the...

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