Month: July 2016
Dampp Chaser Humidity Control Systems….
http://www.pianolifesaver.com/english/products/uprightHere we can see an Upright Dampp Chaser and it’s components – the best way to prolong your piano’s life, avoid cracked soundboards or bridges and stabilize the tuning….Contact me for a quote.
Ceiling Fans and your Piano…
Clients often wonder why I ask them to turn off ceiling fans, before I tune their piano. It’s not due to temperature or noise – most are very quiet. It is because the sound waves from the piano are bounced off of the fan blades. This causes a “warble” or “chorus” effect, very similar to the “beats” that a Piano Tuner is trying to eliminate. The disturbance is directly related to the speed of the fan – similar to an organ “leslie” effect. To hear this yourself, sit at the piano with the fan on, strike a big chord with the damper pedal (right pedal!) depressed. Now, turn off the fan and listen closely. The warble slows with the decreasing fan blade speed. Many people do not notice this, or think it’s just the way their piano sounds!
Do your piano pedals squeak or make clunky noises?
If you have squeaky or noisy piano pedals, they may need anything from simple lubrication (no charge with a piano tuning or pitch raise), to full rebuilding like this 1901 Steinway M pedal lyre. It some cases the wooden expansion joints which hold the top and pedal box together, become loose and separate…