REPAIRS


Your piano can bring you and your family a lifetime of music, adding immeasurable joy and beauty to your home. Since it is also such a large investment, it should be maintained with the utmost care. Regular servicing by a qualified technician will preserve your instrument and help you avoid costly repairs in the future.

We often get asked about piano care and repairs. Because your piano contains materials such as wood and felt, it is subject to change with the climate in your home. Extreme swings from hot to cold or dry to wet cause its materials to swell and contract, affecting tone, pitch, and action response or touch. You can reduce the severity of these effects by placing your piano near a wall away from windows or doors that are opened frequently. Avoid heating and air conditioning vents, fireplaces and areas which receive direct sunlight. Your piano will perform best under consistent conditions neither too wet nor dry, optimally at a temperature of 68 degrees F and 42 percent relative humidity. There is a special system available called a DamppChaser Piano Climate control system which we recommend you learn more at this linkDamppchaser Sytems

Often people think that the piano has to have a costly move away from their home to have any repairs done. Often many things we can do within the home. Here are some typical examples of work we can do within the home or without moving the piano:

PIANO REGULATION

One of the biggest things that gets neglected in a piano is what we refer to as it’s regulation. With a complex series of flanges levers and adjustment points within the action and the keys there are many changes that happen with how a piano plays and feels, as time passes and with use. The felts under the keys compress, causing the depth of key dip to become deeper, which can cause the hammers to block against the strings, as well as a general lack of energy. You want to have the best reaction when you play the keys and so the set up and adjustment of the action is critical to this. This is an in home repair that can often drastically change how well your piano responds.

 

Other In Home Repairs


Other repairs we conduct in the home or without moving the piano are various action parts replacement, Hammers, Dampers,Bridles Straps, or complete action overhaul. Key levelling is something important and typically neglected. If you look at your piano from key level you may notice the keys in the middle are lower than the keys on either end, like the keyboard is smiling at you 😉 or the keys may be randomly all at different levels. Key level is a large factor in the overall dynamic of the piano.

We also are able under certain circumstances to replace bass strings, do cabinet touch ups and general cleaning of your instrument.

 

The Importance of Cleaning!

Cleaning is another simple thing that gets neglected, it is surprising and oftentimes appalling at how much dust and debris can find its way under the keys and into the piano. Old pianos especially are victim to moths and mice  or other rodents, both of which can create un unhealthy playing environment. Below are some pictures for your reference of what we unfortunately VERY commonly deal with. Some of our customers have noticed after the piano has been cleaned their allergies have lessened. It’s no wonder since 50 years of household dusts and other things easily can find itself under those keys. We have found everything from guitar picks to paper clips, money and jewelry, pens and pencils, newspaper clippings and photographs, pogs and hockey cards, broken glass and holiday ephemera, but worst of all very large mouse nests and a keybed full of moth larvae casings. Much of the insides of pianos have bushings, punchings, hammers and dampers made of wool and felt which moths love.

This is an example of damage done by moths, who will lay their eggs inside the piano, then when the larvae hatches they feed on the felt and leave their debris afterwards. Most people have no idea that this is what they are playing on top of!!

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