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Piano Service in Orlando and Central Florida

    Pianos are heavy. Vertical uprights weigh between 350 and 900 pounds. Grand pianos weigh between 500 and 1200 pounds. You should always use professional movers to move your piano. The pros know how to use the piano's weight to their advantage. Even regular household movers sometimes damage pianos when they don't know what they are doing. I repair several pianos every year due to moving damage. Dropping a piano always damages it, therefore, I'll say it again, the professional movers are worth the money. Let them do the job. Referrals from Piano Technicians can also be good. The price can vary quite a bit. Movers will need to know the type and size of the piano, how many steps are involved, and the distance of the move or zip codes.

    If you are moving your piano across the room, and must do it yourself, take the weight off the legs and castors by slightly lifting as you go. This means two to four people on a vertical piano, and three to six people on a grand piano. If the legs catch on something as you move the piano they could break, and the piano could fall. The metal casters can scratch your wood floor, or hang up on carpet. That's why you have to lift slightly as you move. Move the piano a little bit a time. Many small movements are better than one large one. Use caster cups for wood/tile floors and white carpets (castors can stain white carpets).

    Pianos are made of wood, which expands and contracts with humidity changes. Pianos do better when the humidity stays fairly constant. Therefore, when you place the piano in a room, avoid the following:

Avoid heat vents, cold air returns, fireplaces, radiators, outside doors, direct sunlight, windows, and any other sources of air movement. Install a piano dehumidifier (available from me). Controlling the humidity around your piano will double a piano's life - It's that important! 40% to 45% humidity is preferred.

    The acoustics of your room will determine in part the tone of your piano. For example, rooms with wood floors, brick areas, and lots of glass will make a piano sound louder and brighter. Rooms with carpet and overstuffed furniture will absorb the sound and the piano will have a softer, mellow tone. Voicing the hammers can change the tone of the piano within certain limits.

    If you live in an area prone to mice, be alert to them in the early fall when it starts getting cold out. Mice like pianos. They build nests under the keys using the piano felts, which results in costly repairs.

    If your piano was moved across the room, tuning will not be necessary, however if the piano was moved from one environment to another, the change in humidity/temperature will require you tune the piano. Wait several days before tuning, however. The piano needs to acclimate to the new environment. On the same order, don't tune a piano in the music room and move it to the auditorium and expect the tuning to hold. It wont; the change in climate will change the tuning.  Please don't move and tune your piano on the same day.

 


Bob Maret 407-489-9090

 
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