AC Pianocraft How To Take Care Of Your Piano In Winter
Winter is coming soon. There are some places where it stays warm all year. New York, though, can get some really brutal winter weather, with temperatures dipping into the teens or below. You can bundle up for the colder days. The question is… how do you take care of your piano in the winter? This is one way to prepare for the upcoming dark days before Spring makes its return.
If you want your piano to sound the best during the colder winter months, you need to make sure that it’s properly maintained. While this may be considered obvious, one would be surprised at what some people do. Limit doing things like eating or drinking at the piano while playing and if you do, try to put the cover over the keys while you’re doing either of those. The last thing you need is to have something sticky wind up on the keys. It takes just a split-second to pull the cover down so that you could save yourself from expensive regret.
During the winter, try to have the piano set up in a fairly warm room. The winter air will be cold, and that can really make the wood and other parts of the piano get dry and possible brittle.
You might want to get a humidifier. Also, do your best to keep it in a room away from things like A/C vents, heaters, or highly-trafficked areas (think of running kids and/or pets).
One of the main things that is done for pianos is tuning. Sit down and play your piano. Does the sound and notes seem to ring true or does it sound more muddy and flat? Have a craftsman come and turn the tuning pins to counter any shrinking of the piano’s wood due to weather, like excessive humidity. That affects the pitch of the piano.
Sometimes, though, having a piano tuned falls off the radar. Other things may be going on in the household and playing the piano is not on the agenda. Then the tuning pins may become loose, which rapidly changes the pitch. This requires a pitch change and is a more extensive repair, but well worth it.
Another thing to consider is having your piano regulated. This means that the craftsman adjusts all the moving or “action” parts within the piano in order to make them work correctly with each other. The parts that are included are the hammers, the keys, and anything else that falls in that realm. It’s not a quick undertaking – it often takes many hours to ensure that everything is in working order. Fortunately, this is not a yearly task, though if you do play it often, you might want to have this done every two years. For those who are much more casual with their practice and play time, it’s acceptable to wait up to 10 years.
Hopefully you will be able to use these tips to take care of your piano in the winter. A. C. Pianocraft will be able to get your instrument sounding the best it ever has. Give them a call at 718-361-9112.