A well-built piano is capable of lasting up to 100 years. One of the oldest pianos in the world lasted close to 250 years. Obviously, pianos need some love, care, and attention. They need regular maintenance. They need repairs to prevent them from falling apart. After all, pianos are nothing more than large machines full of parts made of wood and metal. Each part has a different life span though.
Pianos are not any different from people in that they are both susceptible to aging.
The good news is you can add a few more years to your piano.
Below are a few ideas to help you achieve that.
Regular Quality Maintenance
The keyword here is piano maintenance. You can never go wrong with regular quality maintenance. Inspect it regularly to ensure the instrument has no parts that are about to fall apart. Check it for dirt and dust. Clean it regularly too. Tune the piano regularly and it will serve you for more years that it would have done originally. The last thing the piano needs is neglect. Ignore the piano and it will only serve you a few years.
Dust it regularly. Schedule a cleaning session once every two weeks, at least.
Hire a piano technician to take care of the instrument’s inner parts.
Don’t forget to tune the piano regularly. Hire a technician for this too!
Ask the technician about voicing, which means adjusting the overall quality of its tone or sound.
Adjust or replace the worn out parts to optimize its overall performance.
Choose a Good Location
Additionally, choose the right location for the piano. Set it in a place where the likelihood of damage is extremely low or nonexistent. Also, ensure the place you choose for it is devoid of extreme temperatures or high humidity. Otherwise, some of its parts will begin shrinking and swelling. In extreme situations, the instrument’s glue joints will fail as its soundtracks crack and malfunction. In the end, you will have something that’s incapable of playing music.
Protect the Keys
The keys can fall off or suffer damages thus rendering them impossible to use. You can do something about that, though! Cover the keys any time they are not in use. This way, you will keep them safe from accumulating dust in between the keys. Covering the keys is also an effective way of ensuring they don’t encounter other contaminants. Use the built-in cover the piano comes with, if it has one. If not, buy and use the right one.
Implement the above measures and you will succeed in adding more years to your piano!
For more information please call Maggie Pollio – Houston Piano Consultant at 832.594.7267.