Registered Piano Technician

The piano is able to communicate the subtlest universal truths by means of wood, metal and vibrating air

Kenneth Miller

True / False

1. A piano should always be placed on an inside wall.

Answer

False. This was true with older drafty type homes that had little or no insulation in the wall.  Today most of us live in a better setting and therefore I don’t see that it is a concern.

2. When a piano is moved, it should always be tuned.

Answer

Moving may affect the tuning especially if it is in a cold or hot environment during the move and/or with extremes in humidity. The actual act of moving a piano may not affect the tuning that much. It also depends on the piano’s construction.

3. A piano should be kept closed at all times except when being played.

Answer

False in my opinion. I person might especially like to leave a grand lid open after a technician has cleaned off the soundboard and plate area for example. The soundboard looks so much nicer without a layer of dust on it. If the piano has a humidity control system installed, the system will be more effective if the lid is closed most of the time. The keys get less dusty and are protected from flying objects when the fallboard is closed. It is a debatable matter as to whether closing off the keys will help slow down the yellowing process.
If there is humidity control in a vertical piano or in a grand with a rod under the keybed, then I would say that it would be of benefit to keep the fallboard closed.

4. New pianos need fewer tunings than older pianos.

Answer

False. New pianos need more tunings because the strings are stretching and other aspects of the piano are settling.

5. It is best to buy a very inexpensive piano for kids that are just beginning. If they don’t stay with it and practice, buying a really good piano would be a financial mistake.

Answer

False. My opinion on that is that buying a piano that is in bad condition in terms of regulation, the amount of wear to the felts, the evenness of the touch and overall sound makes it very difficult for a student to do well. If the sound is good and the action feels right and is even, this gives the beginner a fighting chance. Also if you get a good price on a good used piano, you can easily resell it in case the lessons don’t take and recoup your investment. It would be best if you hire a technician to look at a piano first before the purchase. Please avoid pianos that have been in a garage type situation without any climate control for a few months or longer. They will most likely have damage to their action felts which will affect function and tone as well as other problems.

6. Be sure to have your housekeeper apply a lot of furniture polish to the piano to protect it.

Answer

False. Many furniture polishes are not right for pianos. You don’t need a heavy oily finish even on lacquer finishes. That causes dirt to cling and generally has a displeasing look. Also you should not use any conventional furniture polishes on the newer type finishes such as pol yester or polyurethane. Most piano technicians sell the appropriate type polishes that will help reduce static which attracts dust and not leave your piano with an oily look. You can get by without polishes at all in many cases. There are special cloths available that do a good job. I like the micro-fiber type cloths which are a lot less expensive these days; you can buy them at Sams Club. Cory Polishes are very good and I sell those.

Contact Details

Yonley's Piano Tuning and Repair
1201 Eastside Dr.
Mesquite , Tx , 75149
972-288-0849